Skeleton Creek originates in a rural area near Mt Cottrell and passes through urban areas before it flows into Port Phillip Bay. The Cheetham Wetlands, a site of significance for migratory birds, is located in the catchment. The creek has important Aboriginal spiritual significance and parts of the creek are popular sites for recreation. Skeleton Creek is in moderate condition, but it is becoming increasingly urbanised as new developments extend from Hoppers Crossing. This new development poses a major risk to the health of the river, if not managed in a sustainable manner. Other key risks include:
- poor water quality; and
- poor quality of streamside vegetation.
To find out more about river health in the five major catchments areas visit the Melbourne Water website.