Designing Apex Park

Earlier in the year, the community of Stratford voted for what they’d like included in the new nature-based playground and BMX/pump track.

We created a concept design based on those votes, and recently sought feedback from the community on it.

We’re currently assessing the feedback and finalising the design for Apex Park, which we’ll present to the community in the coming months.

The improvements to Apex Park are being delivered as part of the project to build a new bridge over the Avon River and include:

  • a new BMX/pump track
  • a new nature-based playground
  • a new public artwork
  • planting new vegetation.

The improvements will be built near the existing playground at Apex Park and will replace the BMX/pump track that was removed in late 2019 to make way for the new bridge over the Avon River.

The co-design process for the improvements to Apex Park allows the community to have input into what they’d like to see included in the park.

We started engaging with locals earlier this year, kicking off with a community day at Apex Park.

The day was an opportunity for the local community to have their say in the design of the key elements of the park improvements in a fun and interactive way, and talk to us about their ideas.

The community also voted for the theme they’d like to see in the new public artwork.

The Avon River was the most popular theme and will feature in the mural to be painted as part of our improvements to Apex Park. A local Gippsland artist will be commissioned to design and paint the mural.

People unable to attend the community day had their say by completing an online survey.

We ensured local children had a chance to influence what was included in their improved park, and visited St Patrick’s Primary School and Stratford Primary School so they could have their say.

Find more details on what we heard from the community.

Construction on the new bridge over the Avon River is underway. Trains will be able to travel at up to 90km/h in this section, a big improvement on the 10km/h speed limit in place on the existing bridge.

The new bridge will boost reliability for passenger services and is part of the half-a-billion-dollar Gippsland Line Upgrade.

The Gippsland Line Upgrade will enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers by duplicating track, extending the Morwell crossing loop, upgrading level crossings and signalling, and adding second platforms at key stations along the line.

The project has already delivered benefits for passengers on the Gippsland line, with upgrades to level crossings between Sale and Bairnsdale allowing VLocity trains to run to Bairnsdale for the first time.

Find out more about the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

We will review the feedback provided by the community and use it to finalise the design for Apex Park.

The final design will be revealed to the community in the coming months before we start construction on the improvements.

Construction on the new Avon River rail bridge and the improvements to Apex Park are scheduled for completion in early 2021.

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