Greening the Pipeline pilot park in Williams Landing

Melbourne Water received a grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to build a pilot site in Williams Landing for the ‘Greening the Pipeline’ project.

This is the first step in the Greening the Pipeline initiative, which aims to transform 27 kilometres of the heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer pipeline into a parkland.

Melbourne Water began construction in November 2016 to create the pilot parkland in Williams Landing between Triller Ct and Mallard Cl, along a 100m section of the historic Main Outfall Sewer reserve next to the Federation Trail.

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Australian Institute of Landscape Awards (AILA) 2019 Victorian Award of Excellence. Greening the pipeline – MOS Pilot park, Williams Landing, GHD Woodhead

Greening the Pipeline is a project partnership between Melbourne Water, Wyndham City Council, VicRoads and City West Water, to transform 27km of the existing Federation Trail into a linear parkland. The MOS Pilot Park marks the culmination of a long process of collaboration between these agencies, an exhaustive program of stakeholder consultation and the sensitive integration of storm water treatment opportunities into the design outcome.

The project delivers on the promise of the Greening the Pipeline initiative to provide urban cooling through the provision of shade trees and public open space amenity, and treatment and re-use of the local and regional urban storm water for irrigation of the site.

As future stages of the project are designed and delivered, communities will be better connected, previously lacking outdoor recreational opportunities will be made available and equitable access to active transport will be provided.

The Jury noted the significance of this project as a testing ground for ideas, frequent host to outdoor science classes for the local primary school and successful community gathering space. The MOS Pilot Park bodes well for a greener, more liveable and more sustainable future for Melbourne’s West.

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