The Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood Project

About the Eco-Corridor

The Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood is a very special space on the Melbourne Campus of La Trobe University. A living laboratory for students, staff and the wider community, its waterways connect with the local creeks, attract wildlife and support native flora.

Working with the Wurundjeri people as the local custodians of the land, the University is looking to give a name to this space which reflects its Indigenous heritage. Four proposed names from the Woi wurrung language reflect the flow of water through the land and the importance of sharing, protecting and looking after our special places. A campaign which gathered views on the four proposed names ended on 3 October 2018. Following consultation with the Wurundjeri people, the new name for the Eco-Corridor will be announced in due course. You can still explore the Eco-Corridor and find out more about the proposed names on the interactive map.

The Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood is a biodiverse waterway corridor which links La Trobe University to the wider community and environment. Connecting with Darebin Creek in the south, it runs through the Bundoora campus to the Wildlife Sanctuary, the agricultural reserve and beyond to the north. A long-term project as part of the University’s Master Plan will see this neighbourhood enhanced and protected over the coming years for the benefit of the University and its neighbours.

Overview

The project has, through comprehensive internal and external consultation, established a Vision and a suite of short, medium and long term capital works projects to develop this unique bio-diverse waterway corridor, maximising benefits to the land, the university and the community.

Vision Statement

The Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood will create an inviting, open and culturally aware space that protects our biodiversity and connects our communities. It will maximise the benefits to the University and its neighbours by:

  • Building partnerships: Creating a shared stewardship of this valuable regional asset
  • Increasing sustainability and improving biodiversity: setting new standards to protect and enhance the natural environment
  • Blurring boundaries: Creating new pathways to travel through and new spaces for everyone to meet, live, study,work and play in
  • Improving resilience to severe weather events: remodelling the lakes and moat systems to protect our region from the extremes of flooding and drought
  • Educating the community: supporting the delivery of tertiary teaching and research while forging new links with local schools
  • Respecting cultural heritage: taking a lead from local custodians of the land and sharing an understanding of the value of our waterways

Download the Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood Vision [PDF 1.93MB]

Project status

A Flood modelling report, Vision and Feasibility Study (suite of short, medium and long-term capital works projects) were published in January 2018.

During the Spring of 2018, the University engaged with the students, staff and the Indigenous community to rename the Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood, creating an identity which reflects its Indigenous heritage. The campaign has now closed, but you can explore the map to find out more.

Benefits

  • Creating greater campus amenity
  • Reducing risk from severe weather events
  • Creating teaching and learning, living laboratories
  • increasing habitat for endemic flora and fauna
  • Increasing access to the local community and school students
  • Recognise and provide connect for Indigenous staff and students.

Design Features

The water ways will have enhanced and protected eco-habitats of remnant, endemic species

Project consultants

Client: La Trobe University
Engagement Consultant: Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd
Quantity surveyor: Wilde and Woollard

For more information contact La Trobe University Project Manager:

Tony Inglis
a.inglis@latrobe.edu.au
0417 305 956