Having begun our journey here in 1996, and having our head office in Melbourne, Victoria is a very important place for us.
We own and operate CityLink– a 22 kilometre cross-city motorway connecting the Monash, West Gate and Tullamarine freeways, providing an essential link between Melbourne’s CBD, port and airport.
We currently have several long-standing partnerships, as well as some of our own initiatives, developed to help strengthen the community through transport.
Some of the current activity across our VIC network includes:
Run for the Kids
The Herald Sun/CityLink Run for the Kids is an iconic Melbourne fun run that has to date raised more than $15.7 million for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. We’ve been a proud partner of Run for the Kids since the first event more than 10 years ago. Run for the Kids gives participants the unique opportunity of running or walking on CityLink and has even been recognised by the City of Melbourne for its contribution to the community.
CityLink supports migrants and refugees in the City of Moonee Valley obtain their driver’s licence through a partnership with Moonee Valley City Council.
The DriveLink program pairs migrants and refugees with experienced drivers to help them gain supervised driving practice and prepare them their licence test.
In helping migrants and refugees obtain their licence, they can improve their access to services, training and employment, helping prevent social isolation.
Power Street Loop
Transurban’s first Motorscapes project was completed in November 2016 with the opening of the regenerated Power Street Loop site near CityLink in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct.
In 2015, we launched a public competition calling for innovative ideas to breathe new life into the vacant, rundown site. The winning design, Habitat Filter, has transformed the site with the installation of an iconic artwork that will make a positive, lasting contribution to the local environment and community.
Habitat Filter features a series of pods with a range of sustainability elements including specially designed nesting boxes for birds and bats, solar panels to offset lighting at night and the use of recycled materials. Transurban also partnered with Landcare to revegetate the site with native plants.
Lighting the Bolte Bridge
To help raise awareness about various causes, we regularly light the iconic Bolte Bridge in a range of colours to show our support.
Some of the many initiatives we support include breast cancer awareness, the prevention of violence against women and road safety campaigns.
- Where we can, we offer in-kind support to the community to help promote causes that are meaningful to us. We can do this by displaying road safety messages on electronic message boards on our motorway, highlighting causes and events on flags beside CityLink and promote campaigns in our customer communications.
A twice yearly grants program offering up to $3000 to support initiatives that generate social and environmental benefits for the community.
Through our grants program in 2016, we have supported community initiatives such as:
- A study by the Amy Gillett Foundation to measure clearance distances between cyclists and passing motor vehicles
- Redistributing high quality fresh food to people in needs by supporting running costs for one of SecondBite’s refrigerated delivery vans
- A new program by Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria to help people with vision loss living in Stonnington and Boroondara councils to become better acquainted with roads, streetscapes, public transport and walking trails in their area
- Hip hop workshops for disadvantaged young people from diverse cultural backgrounds around North Melbourne
- A safe driving program providing refugee run by the River Nile Learning Centre that provides refugee and asylum seeker women with access to professional driving instructors
- Supporting FareShare’s Kitchen Garden in Abbotsford, a program that grows fresh vegetables and contributes to Fareshare’s preparation of 25,000 meals every week.