The Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood Project

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The La Trobe University Bundoora campus contains a unique riparian corridor that extends from Darebin Creek and the Sports Park in the south, through the main campus to and beyond the Wildlife Reserve in the north.

This project seeks to maximise the benefit of this corridor to the University and its local community by enabling sustainable environmental and built form development, increasing campus permeability, improving severe weather event resilience, enabling and supporting teaching and research and improving campus amenity.

La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus at Bundoora is a special place that provides a unique setting for learning, research and employment. Enhancing and protecting the University’s eco-corridor has been noted as a priority in the Melbourne Campus 2014 Master Plan. The Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood Project is set to enhance this significant asset providing the opportunity to maximise its benefits, not only for the local University community, but also for the wider regional community. The Eco-Corridor will play a vital role in delivering on the Melbourne Campus vision and meeting the University’s core strategic objectives.

The Eco-Corridor Neighbourhood Project will build on the work already undertaken and will seek to partner with local stakeholders to develop a local and regional approach to managing and maintaining the eco-corridor, to protect our assets, ensure future resilience and enhance the natural values of our region.

Overview

The project will , through comprehensive internal and external consultation, establish 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 and will address the following objectives:

  • Building partnerships: creating a shared custodianship of this valuable regional asset
    Increasing sustainability and improving biodiversity: setting new standards to protect and enhance the natural environment
  • Blurring boundaries: creating new spaces and places for everyone to meet, live, study, work and play
  • Improving resilience to severe weather events: remodelling the lakes and moat systems to protect the campus and the 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 and engaging locals in understanding and valuing natural ecosystems
  • Respecting cultural heritage: taking a lead from traditional owners and sharing an understanding of the value of our waterways

Project status

The project is on track to publish a Flood modeling report, Vision and Feasibility Study (suite of short, medium and long term capital works projects) by the end of 2017

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
Project manager: 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