Background

Pecks Dam is a 1.04 hectare reserve that is part of a series of smaller reserves in Montmorency that form a habitat corridor. Its main attraction is the dam. It is a mix of conservation and recreation areas, and is managed by Banyule's Bushland Management Unit with assistance from local volunteers.

Water system

The dam is 664m2 and approximately 8m deep when full. Over the years it has been used for swimming, fishing, yabbying and boating.

In 2015, Banyule City Council and Melbourne Water completed a project that uses storm water as a rain garden. Rainwater is collected from the streets above the dam and is filtered through the garden. The goal is to replenish water to the dam, which has suffered from drought and water diversion in the past.

History

During the 1890s, the area was a favourite painting place for Heidelberg School artist Walter Withers.

The dam was dug out in the early 1900s to service the surrounding farmland. It is named after the Peck family who lived in a mud brick house next to the dam from the 1950s to the 1970s.

What is the project?

In 2021, a risk assessment was conducted by ENGENY Water Management on behalf of Banyule Council using the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) guidelines. The assessment concluded that the dam needed repair.

This project will restore the ageing dam wall structure to reduce water levels, relieve drainage, control potential stormwater surges and take water pressure off the existing dam wall.

Scope of works:

  • Improve drainage to Pecks dam
  • Minimise the impact of construction works on the local environment
  • Maintain the general look and aesthetic of this bushland setting
  • Control risk associated with any future potential of dam wall failure

Impacts to residents:

  • Loss of power due to undergrounding of powerlines (this will be a two-day project, including one day without power, dates TBC).
  • Access restrictions to the Reserve during undergrounding of lines during construction in 2023 (dates TBC).

Pecks Dam Reserve

What's next?

Get involved

You'll have an opportunity to have your say on the landscaping at Pecks Dam Reserve. Have your say in October 2022.

There will be key opportunities for you to get involved in October 2022:

  • Community pop-up sessions at Pecks Dam - Dates and time TBC.

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