Green space created as part of Mel­bourne’s level cross­ing re­moval project should be used to build walk­ing and cy­cling tracks, as rec­om­mended by the Com­mu­nity Open Space Ex­pert Panel

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Green space created as part of Mel­bourne’s level cross­ing re­moval project should be used to build walk­ing and cy­cling tracks, sports and ex­er­cise in­fra­struc­ture and dog parks, the Com­mu­nity Open Space Ex­pert Panel rec­om­mended re­cently.

The $1.6 bil­lion project will el­e­vate sec­tions of the Cran­bourne-Pak­en­ham line, re­mov­ing nine rail level crossings that hold up pri­vate cars, coaches and city buses.

The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment is con­fi­dent that the new pedes­trian and bike paths will en­cour­age even more peo­ple to use pub­lic and ac­tive trans­port modes, rather than their cars.

Vic­to­rian Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Trans­port Jac­inta Al­lan says this is one of the big­gest re­leases of new park­land ever seen in Mel­bourne.

“We have brought to­gether top ex­perts to help us get it right,” she says. “The work done by the ex­pert panel sets a new stan­dard for get­ting lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in­volved in shap­ing ma­jor projects.”

An ex­pert panel headed by the Royal Botanic Gar­dens Mel­bourne chief ex­ec­u­tive Pro­fes­sor Tim En­twisle, has re­leased pro­pos­als for the open space that will be created by the Caulfield to Dan­de­nong level cross­ing re­moval project.

“This was an ex­cit­ing and rare chance to help shape a huge amount of new park­land for Mel­bourne, and it was a priv­i­lege to be a part of it,” he said.

“Com­mu­nity feed­back played a huge part in the process, and I’d per­son­ally like to thank ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted.”

The Com­mu­nity Open Space Ex­pert Panel was created by the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment to guide the de­vel­op­ment of new pub­lic space created un­der­neath the el­e­vated rail line, and over­see its main­te­nance.

The panel in­cludes ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban de­sign and land­scap­ing ex­perts, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, coun­cils, cy­clists and Vic­to­ria Po­lice.

Above: More green space is a pos­i­tive con­se­quence of el­e­vat­ing sec­tions of Mel­bourne’s rail­way in the rail cross­ing re­moval pro­gram

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