Drainage upgrade: Melbourne Hill Road, Warrandyte

2 Oct 2023
Liveable Places and Spaces Warrandyte

For more information about this project, including project updates, please visit Your Say Manningham.

Improving drainage and flood mitigation is one of the ways we're building a better Manningham.

As part of our 2023-24 Capital Works Program, we're ugrading the drainage system at Melbourne Hill Road, Warrandyte to improve stormwater management and reduce flood risk.


Where is it?

The project area covers approximately 35 hectares of residential area along Melbourne Hill Road, Houghton Road, Francis Street, and Lorraine Avenue.

Why is the upgrade needed?

This upgrade was initiated in response to the severe flooding event in December 2011, where several residential and commercial properties flooded in the area.

The project will involve constructing a new drainage system to minimise the future risk of houses flooding in this catchment. The new drainage system will better direct stormwater into underground drains and reduce the risk of future flooding events.

The upgrade aims to:

  • improve flood protection for private dwellings
  • reduce the risk of uncontrolled water flow by diverting them to underground drains
  • improve pedestrian safety by reducing surface water flow
  • minimise the number of properties directly affected by the works
  • minimise any potential impact on existing structures
  • increase road safety where possible and maintain current roadside parking
  • preserve the green wedge aesthetic of the area
  • retain the area's peri-urban feel by minimising the works' visual impacts
  • minimise tree loss and replant with semi-mature stock where possible.


When will the works happen?

Phase one construction commenced in June 2023. This phase will be delivered in four stages, and is expected to take five months to complete. 

We’re aiming to commence phase two construction in late 2024.

We will let you know if delays occur due to poor weather or unexpected events.


How will the works affect me?

Road closures

During the construction process, we will be required to close sections of the road. Appropriate detour signage and traffic management will be in place to assist with traffic flow. Every effort will be made to reduce any inconvenience during the progress of these works. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Impacted properties

Some sections of the new drainage system overlap with easements on private property. If your property is impacted, we will contact you directly via mail with detailed information on the next step.

We will make every effort to reduce inconvenience to residents. Thank you for your patience while we plan and undertake these important works.



If you have any questions about these works or our drainage upgrade program, contact us.

For more information about this project, visit our Your Say page.