We are delivering almost 4 MCGs of green space in Melbourne's inner west - one of Australia's most densely populated areas.
- New community parks and wetlands – Close to 9 hectares of new parks and wetlands will be created, completely transforming closed-off industrial land into spaces for communities to enjoy.
- Greening the west – We’ll replace trees affected by the project and green the west with over 17,000 trees and tens of thousands of native and Indigenous shrubs and grasses being planted along the roads and around waterways and parks.
- Enhancing waterway environments – We’re helping build on the work of local groups to improve the health and habitat of creeks and waterways. Wetlands will be used to treat stormwater naturally and new plantings will help rehabilitate creek banks and develop animal habitats.
- Connecting people and open space – We are building over 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths, including new links to parks, sports grounds, wetlands and popular trails.
What we’ll be improving
1. Kororoit Creek (Altona North & Brooklyn)
The final gap in the Kororoit Creek Trail will be completed and enhanced with signage. Hundreds of new trees, shrubs and grasses will be added along the path, creek banks and surrounding parkland to build on the work of local groups to improve the health and habitat of this waterway.
2. New parklands (Altona North)
A new 3 hectare park with native landscaping and recreation area will transform industrial land in Altona North into new open space for locals. A new cycling and walking connection under the West Gate Freeway to the completed Federation Trail will help more people reach and enjoy this park.
3. Donald McLean Reserve and Westgate golf course (Spotswood)
New planting in the reserve and golf course will increase shade and screen the freeway. A new shared club room will provide improved facilities and much needed space for the cricket, football and golf clubs.
4. Hyde Street Reserve and Stony Creek (Yarraville)
Over 1.5 hectares of industrial land on the south of the creek will be rehabilitated and returned to open space. The Stony Creek backwash boardwalk entrance will be upgraded with new seating and signage to share information about the area’s history and environment. New cycling and walking paths through Hyde Street Reserve and across the creek will help more people access and enjoy this open space.
5. New park and wetlands (Yarraville & Footscray)
Almost 3 ha of parks and wetlands will feature planting and boardwalks and a walking and cycling link from Yarraville Gardens to the Maribyrnong River, opening up new open space for the growing Maribyrnong community, turning vacant land into community space.
6. Moonee Ponds Creek (West Melbourne)
Nearly 1.5 hectares of industrial land on the creek’s west bank will be opened up for community use and rehabilitated with hundreds of native tress, shrubs and grasses. Parklands and a viewing platform with signage to share information about the area’s history and environment will provide a new space for recreation and enjoyment of the creek.
Protecting and greening existing open space
The design and our approach to construction will limit impacts to existing open spaces. We have avoided construction in parks where possible and when unavoidable, we’ve limited our footprint to ensure parks remain open to the community.
Native landscaping and community facilities such as paths, signage, lighting and seating will be added to parks along the project’s route.
Connecting open spaces
More than 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths surrounded by native landscaping will connect community open spaces and waterways along the West Gate Tunnel Project – from Kororoit Creek in Laverton right through to Moonee Ponds Creek and the city.
Signage will help people reach new delete open spaces. Environmental and cultural signage, particularly around waterways and other significant sites, will create destinations that attract people and increase understanding of the areas they pass through.
For more information download the fact sheet Creating Community Open Spaces (PDF, 1MB)