11 Apr 2016
Community views and expert advice have been important factors in deciding what to do with the 22.5 hectares of open space created by the removal of nine level crossings as part of the Caulfield to Dandenong project.
A new linear park including 11 MCGs worth of public space and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling path will be finished by the end of 2018.
You can see more about the finalised plans for the park here.
Consultation about the parkland has happened in stages since work on the project kicked off in earnest in 2015.
Following the release of proposed designs from the successful construction partner bidder, community consultation was held on the proposed designs for the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossings project.
This process included door knocks and meetings with more than 170 individual residents closest to the rail corridor, and meetings with more than 80 local businesses.
More than 2200 individuals participated in the 10 interactive Your Suburb, Your Say consultation while thousands of people discussed the project at 60 pop-up information stands at train stations, libraries and shopping areas.
Feedback received through this consultation is summarised in the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report (April 2016).
Also in April 2016, the Victorian Government announced the appointment of the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) to oversee plans for the park and that a $15 million trust would be created to fund its long-term maintenance.
COSEP was chaired by the Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Professor Tim Entwisle, and included members of local communities and councils, as well as organisations such as Victoria Police, Bicycle Victoria and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
After more than a year’s work and consideration, the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report was published in August 2017, highlighting the panel’s feedback and recommendations.
Also released was an Open Space Consultation Report which highlighted the feedback, ideas and recommendations received from the community, businesses and stakeholders and how they have been incorporated into the open space design.