As part of the project to build a new rail bridge over the Avon River, we invited the locals of Stratford to help us co-design the new improvements to Apex Park, to create a lasting legacy for the community.
To do this, we developed an engagement process founded on the co-design principles of accessibility and inclusiveness to ensure the community, and especially children, had genuine input into the design of the park.
We asked the community to help us co-design the following improvements to Apex Park:
- a new BMX/pump track
- a new nature-based playground
- a mural (completed)
- selecting the plants that will be planted around the park.
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 improvements will complement the existing playground and facilities in Apex Park.
The community has been involved in designing the improvements to Apex Park, every step of the way. Learn more about the consultation to date.
We have now finalised the design of the new nature-based playground and BMX/pump track.
Construction is underway and is scheduled for completion in the coming months.
Acclaimed Gippsland artist Ray Thomas has painted a mural on the new rail bridge wall in Apex Park, which features the Avon River as its theme, as chosen by Stratford locals last year.
An award-winning artist with more than three decades’ experience, Ray’s works are inspired by the stories and designs of his Gunaikurnai people, as well as the Gippsland country they call home.
The mural honours the Brayakaulung clan and their connection to the Avon River and features Gunaikurnai ancestral totems and cultural practices including scarred canoe trees, stone grinding grooves and bush foods.
Gippsland Line Upgrade
Construction on the new bridge over the Avon River has been completed. 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 old bridge.
The new bridge will boost reliability for passenger services and is part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade.
The project 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 since mid-2018.