Federation Trail improvements roll on

The next stage of the linear park project along the Federation Trail is getting underway and promises some great attractions for riders along the route from Melbourne to Werribee.

The Greening the Pipeline project is a series of environmental and urban design upgrades along the 27km historic outfall sewer reserve that now hosts the Federation Trail.

Zone 5, which stretches from Skeleton Creek in Truganina to the Lawrie Emmins Reserve in Laverton is now ready to go.

The project will develop new parkland along the Main Outfall Sewer (MOS) reserve, including new play spaces, community events lawn, community gardens, walking trails, garden beds and upgrading the Federation Trail.

A major feature of this section is the viaduct that carries the heritage protected brick sewer over the Skeleton Creek, adjacent to the trail.

At the centre of the landscape design is the celebration of the historical and scientific significance of the MOS. Healthy tree canopy and cool green spaces are irrigated with treated stormwater stored in the MOS.

The parkland and play spaces inspire nature play around the theme of water.

Greening the Pipeline is a partnership between Melbourne Water, the City of Wyndham, Greater Western Water, Department of Transport and supported by Greening the West. This project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Suburban Parks Program.

A contract was recently awarded for the construction of the Arndell Park Stormwater Harvesting System.

It will provide a sustainable source of irrigation for the redevelopment of parkland along the Federation Trail by using recycled stormwater.

Once complete, the water will help ‘green’ the reserve, including new parkland, play spaces, over 6,000 trees and 80,000 square metres of garden beds and lawn area.

The $1.76 million contract for construction of a 22 megalitre stormwater harvesting and irrigation reuse system was awarded to G&S Fortunato Group Pty Ltd.

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