The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project has been awarded the top honour in the Built Environment category at the 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Awards, highlighting the importance of sustainable infrastructure.
The group behind the project, comprising Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP, Aurecon, Level Crossing Removal Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne, has transformed a previous brownfield rail corridor into 22.5ha of new linear park greenfields beneath the structure.
The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project is a large-scale upgrade to one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors.
The project involves the construction of five new stations as well as nine level crossing removals, creating renewed village centres at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park.
Not only is this the biggest return of land in Melbourne since the opening of the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1846, the project also provides significant opportunity to maximise ecological outcomes.
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award went to Gannawarra Shire Council for its program that puts sustainability at the centre of its local economic future, and features the first large-scale solar farm and battery storage in Victoria.
Sustainability Victoria’s Chief Executive, Stan Krpan, said winners across ten categories should be applauded for demonstrating the best of sustainability diversity.
“This year’s finalists and winners come from all sorts of backgrounds and sectors, representing the most wide-ranging projects from the most amount of entries in the awards’ history,” he said.
“The diversity of sustainability endeavor we have seen this year, undertaken by every kind of group, organisation or business imaginable, is outstanding, and we’re delighted that the awards can tell their inspiring stories.”