Greening the Pipeline

Spotswood to Werribee, Melbourne

July 2016

Over a two-month period, Creative Suburbs undertook some community engagement exercises, to understand the community’s preferences and ideas regarding the redevelopment of the decommissioned Main Outfall Sewer (the pipeline) into a linear parkland.

This engagement consisted of both online and face-to-face activities. A uniquely branded website was set up, featuring an interactive map that allowed members of the local community to share and support location specific ideas online.

The website also included an option to join a “Friends of the Pipeline” group. Two face-to-face community events were held to raise awareness about the project and gather ideas, as well as a stakeholder workshop with the local community and government groups during which ideas and priorities were discussed.

Time lapse video capturing the transformation of the heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer reserve, located along the Federation Trail, into a parkland.

The project created significant momentum and interest among the local community and stakeholder groups.


An episode on the Pilot Park at Williams Landing aired on Channel 31’s Sacred Spaces. Sacred Spaces is an architecture and urban planning series for those interested in our built environment.

Tuong Tran