9 April 2016

Image of the Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Professor Tim Entwisle, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Member for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos

The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of an Expert Panel to oversee plans for Melbourne's newest park – created by elevating the Cranbourne Pakenham Line – and will establish a trust to fund its long-term maintenance.

The new body will be chaired by the Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Professor Tim Entwisle and will include members of local communities and councils, as well as organisations such as Victoria Police, Bicycle Victoria and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

Expressions of interest are being sought for four community members of the Panel.

The Expert Panel will provide advice on the 22.5 hectares of new public open space the project will create, and on the plan for its long-term maintenance, which has been guaranteed with a maintenance trust fund to ensure the new space is always safe, green and cared for.

The Panel will also ensure community feedback is addressed in the final designs for this new parkland.

An initial payment of $15 million, funded through the Level Crossing Removal Project, will be set aside exclusively for maintenance.

The Expert Panel and maintenance trust fund are the result of consultation, which showed a strong desire for the new parks, paths and community infrastructure created by the project are properly looked after.

View the Government media release.

Image: (L-R) Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Professor Tim Entwisle, Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan and Member for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos