Communities in Melbourne’s west will soon benefit from almost a million new trees, shrubs, plants and native grasses with landscaping work now underway as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project.

    It’s one of the largest landscaping projects ever undertaken in the inner west and will help improve access to green spaces for thousands more local families to enjoy.

    Over 145,000 sqm of grasses and 250,000 sqm of mulched beds are being planted, along with new waterways to help support the extensive planting works.

    Landscaping experts, Ecodynamics, were awarded a $10 million M contract to deliver the works in the West Gate Freeway area from Williamstown Road to Kororoit Creek and Hyde Street, and along the M80 Interchange.

    The project is helping to deliver new apprenticeships for female workers, Aboriginal Victorians, mature aged and linguistically diverse Victorians, and young people at the start of their careers.

    Opportunities will also be created for young people impacted by the youth justice system thanks to a partnership with a social enterprise helping to improve outcomes for young Victorians.

    Most of the trees planted as part of the contract come from seeds collected from trees in the area and grown over the past four years at a local nursery in Keilor East.

    When complete, the West Gate Tunnel Project will provide over 14km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths, nearly 9 hectares of new open space, and enhanced waterways and wetlands. 

    • 750,000 native plants for Melbourne’s west as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project
    • $10 million contract awarded to EcoDynamics, delivering new apprenticeships for female workers, Aboriginal Victorians, mature aged, linguistically diverse Victorians, and young people impacted by the youth justice system
    • Nearly 9 hectares of new open space
    • Enhances waterways and wetlands
    Our content is a labour of love, crafted by dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the west. We encourage submissions from our community, particularly stories about your own experiences, family history, local issues, your suburb, community events, local history, human interest stories, food, the arts, and environmental matters. Below are articles created by community contributors. You can find their names in the bylines.

    Your feedback

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here



    Latest Articles

    Latest Edition

    #93 February 2024

    Recent Editions


    Become a supporter

    The Westsider is run on the power of volunteers. Your contribution directly contributes to ensuring we can continue serving and celebrating our community.


    Related articles