A greener, better-connected west

The West Gate Tunnel Project is more than a road, we are also delivering new cycling and walking paths and creating nearly nine hectares of new open space.

Our commitments

By the time the project opens in 2022, we will deliver:

  • 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.
  • Over 17,000 trees and vegetation – 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.
  • Enhanced 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.
  • Walking and cycling paths – 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.

Key locations

Kororoit Creek, Hyde Street, Altona North, South Kingsville, Stony Creek and Federation Trail in Brooklyn

A map showing the tree and plant species that will green and colour the Kororoit Creek and shared use path connecting to the Federation Trail. Click to view a larger image.

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A map showing the tree and plant species that will green and colour the landscape around the southern portal. Click to view a larger image.

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A map showing the tree and plant species that will green and colour the landscape around Hyde Street Reserve. Click to view a larger image.

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Along the West Gate Freeway area of the project covering the suburbs of Brooklyn, Altona North, South Kingsville, Spotswood and Yarraville, we will create a greener and better-connected west by:

  • Turn vacant industrial land into new parks for the community at New Street on the border of South Kingsville and Altona North, and adding to Hyde Street Reserve in Yarraville
  • Completing the missing link in the Kororoit Creek shared use path with a direct connection to the Federation Trail
  • Highlighting the importance of the indigenous landscape of the creek through signage identifying significant species and their uses
  • Planting native tree species to increase tree canopy cover for the areas.
  • Completing the missing link in the Stony Creek shared use path by linking Hyde Street Reserve, the adjacent industrial area, and Spotswood Station via Hall Street

Creating a unique nature play space in the new open space on New Street, delivering a natural playground for children to play and explore

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Whitehall Street and Maribyrnong River

Artist impression of shared use path over Whitehall Street to the Maribyrnong River

At the Whitehall Street and Maribyrnong River areas, we will deliver a greener and better-connected west by:

  • Turning industrial land into new open space and wetlands which will include a boardwalk, interpretive artwork and seating
  • Providing a new, naturalised environment that directly links Yarraville Gardens to new open spaces via the new shared use path over Whitehall Street and down to the Maribyrnong River
  • New landscaped recreation space on the Maribyrnong River frontage, incorporating the extended rail line and celebrating the area’s heritage through interpretive wayfinding design
  • Retaining the existing anchor sculpture on Maribyrnong Street at the Maribyrnong River as a symbol of the area’s historic river trade.

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Moonee Ponds Creek, Footscray Road and CityLink connections

Artist impression of Moonee Ponds Creek including BMX track and shared use path over Footscray Road

A map showing the tree and plant species that will green and colour the space around CityLink and Moonee Ponds Creek. Click to view a larger image

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For the Moonee Ponds Creek area, Footscray Road and under CityLink area of the project, we will create a greener and better-connected west by:

  • Rehabilitating the unused rail land alongside Moonee Ponds Creek to provide more green open space, including two new tracks for BMX riders, scooter riders and skateboarders
  • Building a new walking and cycling bridge (veloway) over Footscray Road for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Delivering a new shared use path bridge connecting North Melbourne to Dynon Road and Moonee Ponds Creek Trail

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