The group behind the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project has won the Built Environment category in this year’s Premier Sustainability Awards.
Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP, Aurecon, Level Crossing Removal Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne have transformed a previous brownfield rail corridor into 22.5 hectares 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.
Not only is this the biggest re-giving 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 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.
One of the night’s two top honours, the Premier’s Recognition Award, was presented by the minister for energy, environment and climate Lily D’Amrosio to Yume Food for developing an online marketplace for quality surplus food, reducing waste and landfill impact.
Gannawarra Shire Council won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award for a program that puts sustainability at the centre of their local economic future and features the first large-scale solar farm and battery storage in Victoria.
According to Stan Krpan, Sustainability Victoria’s chief executive, winners across 10 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,” Krpan continued.
“The diversity of sustainability endeavour 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.”