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Toorak Road landscaping plans unveiled

08 May 2020

Updated landscaping plans for the Toorak Road Level Crossing Removal Project have been unveiled with the number of trees, shrubs and grasses to be planted boosted from 23,000 to 37,000 – including more than 300 mature trees.

The landscaping plan was shaped by the local community who provided feedback about the project over the last 12 months.

Landscaping will feature a combination of exotic and indigenous trees and shrubs, and a ‘green buffer’ will be established along the rail bridge retaining wall on Talbot Crescent in line with community feedback. Planting in the project area is expected to start in spring.

Brite Services, a social enterprise, will cultivate and supply 37,000 trees, shrubs and grasses for the project. For more than 40 years they have supported people who are vocationally disadvantaged or living with a disability to obtain employment.

New open space at Tooronga Park created by the rail bridge will feature fitness equipment, custom seating and play equipment in line with community feedback. Work on new walking and cycling paths is set to start in May and Tooronga Park expected to reopen in the middle of the year. Planting will take place in spring.

Works have started to realign and reconnect Talbot Crescent to Toorak Road. This important local road connection is expected to reopen in June 2020.

Strict protocols continue to be in place on all Major Transport Infrastructure Authority worksites to protect the health and safety of construction workers and the community consistent with the advice from the Chief Health Officer.

This includes modifying construction activities to allow physical distancing and providing extra protection for workers who need to work in proximity for short periods of time. There are also enhanced industrial cleaning and additional hygiene measures in place.

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