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Caulfield to Dandenong Community Update: Area 2 - October 2018

23 Oct 2018

Carnival rocks the rail reserve

A huge carnival took place on Saturday 13 October to celebrate 11 MCGs worth of new open space, the removal of nine level crossings and the opening of five new stations.

The ‘Corridor Carnival’ event gave people on both sides of the rail line – from Caulfield to Dandenong – an opportunity to come together and celebrate the connection of their neighbourhoods.

It was also a chance for the project to say thank you to the community for their patience during construction.

Kids’ rides, tasty treats, local produce, barbecues, roving musicians, sports demonstrations, history tours and storytelling for children were all on offer alongside your new open space.

This new parkland connects communities long divided by the rail line, thanks to a 17 kilometre rail trail, as well as a series of paths linking north and south sides of the tracks.

In addition to a special RSL memorial area, there will be dedicated recreation zones near Clayton and Centre roads.

Designed to have all-ages appeal, these zones include exercise equipment, table tennis tables, multi-purpose sports courts, parkour and skateboarding areas.

Open space works are set to be complete by the end of 2018.

Face painting at the corridor carnival in Clayton

A face painted at the Corridor Carnival providing free services

Bubble performer in Clayton

A performer at the Corridor Carnival blowing bubbles for the children

A monumental move

A monument honouring soldiers who served in armed conflict has found a new home as part of a special RSL memorial area in Clayton's new open space.

After removing it from its old location, the construction team carefully put the monument back together again, piece by piece.

The monument, known as a cenotaph, forms the centrepiece of the new memorial space.

Bordering a grassed lawn on either side of the cenotaph is a series of plaques replicating those that previously honoured Clayton soldiers who served during World War One.

The plaques were part of Clayton’s original Avenue of Honour, sitting below a row of Portuguese Oak trees that were all but lost during the 1940s to make way for an expanding shopping strip.

Now, one hundred years after World War One, seedlings grown from those trees have been planted back into the new memorial space, paying homage to the Avenue of Honour.

WW2 soldier memorial at Clayton

The WW2 monument honoring soldiers who served in armed conflict

Djerring Trail unveiled

The name has been revealed for your new bicycle and pedestrian path, with ‘Djerring Trail’ now gazetted and taking its place in Melbourne’s history.

Earlier this year the community voted to name the new 17 kilometre shared use path we are creating for cyclists and pedestrians from Caulfield to the EastLink trail.

The overwhelming winner was Djerring Trail. The word 'djerring' comes from the Bunurong language and translates to 'join', 'unite' or 'connect'.

The route links to other bicycle and pedestrian paths, the new community spaces and transport interchanges along the rail corridor.

Sections of the path are now open, with the whole path scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Djerring Trail sign

The new walking and cyclist shared used path 'Djerring Trail' unveiled

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