4. Restoration of Five Mile Creek

This project will inspire both communities and investors.

A critical mass of people – landholders, Landcarers, River Detective school groups and the Catchment Partners Forum – recognises action is needed now to protect and improve the natural and cultural heritage of this stream.

The creek runs through Woodend into the Campaspe River. Poor water quality and the potential for noxious weed infestations to spread into the Campaspe River are serious threats and expanding.

Stabilising the threatened black gum population is also a priority. This project will be a pilot for action under the Tuangurung Recognition and Settlement Agreement. The restoration of Five Mile Creek is a priority action in the North Central Waterway Strategy. The environmental outcomes are important and build on previous community work. However, this project’s real value is to show other communities what local partnerships can achieve.

Proposed actions

Develop a project plan for Five Mile Creek that considers wastewater as an asset rather than a threat to the waterway.

• Implement the Woodend Five Mile Creek Masterplan.

For more information contact:
North Central CMA (03) 5448 7124

The North Central CMA and our Catchment Partners Forum have developed several options for you or your organisation to contribute to this exciting project including: 

  • In-kind support (such as donation of goods, services or volunteer work).
  • Strategic support (such as becoming a project partner in the delivery or planning).
  • Making a financial contribution (such as contributing to the contribution (such as contributing to the costs of project delivery).

For more information contact: North Central CMA (03) 5448 7124

Project details


Native Species

Tourism/ Recreation


Traditional Owner Self Determination

Community Safety/ Risk and Climate Change

BenefitsNative species, Tourism/ Recreation, Environmental, Traditional Owner, Community Safety/ Risk and Climate Change
Lead partnerNorth Central CMA and Greater Western Water
Delivery PartnerDEECA, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Taungurung Land and Waters Council and Dja Dja Wurrung, EPA
StakeholdersGreater Western Water, Coliban Water, Threatened Species Conservancy, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, Landcare groups (Newham, Woodend and Carlsruhe) River Detectives with local schools (Braemar College, Woodend Primary School and St Ambrose Primary School) and local landholders.
StatusProject proposal
LocationFive Mile Creek Catchment, from Hanging Rock through Woodend to the Campaspe River
UN Sustainable Development Goals3. Good Health and wellbeing, 4. Quality education 6. Clean water and sanitation 8. Decent work and economic growth, 11. Sustainable cities and communities, 13. Climate Action, 14. Life below water, 15. Life on Land, 17. Partnerships for the goals