The Federation Trail through Brooklyn will be enhanced as planning begins for the next stage of the Greening the Pipeline project.
Much of the Federation Trail through Melbourne’s west is through current or former industrial suburbs, but the trail reservation mostly wide and provides some terrific opportunities for environmental upgrades and community facilities to create a linear park.
Planning for the Brooklyn sections is timely because the West Gate Tunnel Project will also soon be rejuvenating the trail itself as well as planting massive numbers of trees in the corridor.
Some good coordination between the teams should result in an outstanding section of trail that could attract riders and local residents for many years into the future.
Melbourne Water has launched an engagement for Greening the Pipeline Brooklyn and is looking for bike rider input to help shape the masterplan design for this section of the Main Outfall Sewer Reserve and Federation Trail.
Consultation closes Sunday 25 July.
The section involved is between Millers Road and Little Boundary Road for a distance of 2.7km
Melbourne Water says: "The vision is to create a vibrant space that will connect the Brooklyn community, enhance active transport options for the area, manage water sensitively and provide a unique space to meet, play and relax.”
The Federation Trail runs along the route of the heritage Melbourne outfall sewer from Brooklyn to Werribbee, and Greening the Pipeline has already made enhancements further west.
The project partners are currently designing and delivering on-ground works for a 3.5km section (Zone 5) in Williams Landing, Truganina, Hoppers Crossing and Laverton North.
They have also started planning for a 1.7km section (Zone 4) in Hoppers Crossing.
For a map of all of the Greening the Pipeline zones along the Federation Trail click here.
In addition to online engagement, Melbourne Water will be engaging with the Brooklyn community through a community workshop, local business engagement and discussions with key stakeholders to help shape the Greening the Pipeline Brooklyn Masterplan.
Here are drone videos of two sections of the section of trail proposed to be upgraded through Brooklyn.
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