Monday, June 20, 2011

Waterways












Not the best of days both windy and grey, but a trip to a local suburb for the first time beckoned.

Waterways, located in Melbourne's southern suburbs, was originally a housing development, and is now an official suburb just east of Mordialloc. Waterways got its name from its waterways which are essentially a number of manmade wetlands and giant lakes in and around the estate.

The lakes serve as a Melbourne Water filtration system for fresh water flowing down from Dandenong and Moridalloc Creeks then into Port Phillip Bay. It is Australia's only suburb that's 20% parkland and 40% water. Over 46 hectares of wildlife sanctuary were artificially created in and around the swampy marshlands of Mordialloc Creek.

The Waterways location is environmentally sensitive as it is situated directly between two conservation areas, Braeside Park and the Edithvale wetlands. Planning permits are strictly regulated and gardens monitored to keep the suburb as native as possible for the abundant wildlife in the area. The Mornington Peninsula branch of the Bird Observers Club of Australia or PENBOC have documented 105 different species of birds in the area.
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