The Minister for Creative Industries, Hon Martin Foley and Scott Charlton officially opened the artwork - Habitat Filter - which was created by Melbourne designers Matt Drysdale, Matt Myers and Tim Dow after winning last year's public competition calling on ideas to transform the site.
The once-vacant site in Southbank has now taken on a new life, with the completion of the iconic and sustainable artwork that lies in the heart of Melbourne's arts precinct.
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.
Habitat Filter is the beginning of a series of projects that demonstrate how Transurban can engage the community to rethink the use of vacant land along our roads to make cities more liveable.
The inspiration for the Motorscapces project came from the three pillars of our sustainability strategy - to be good neighbours, use less and think long term.
Habitat Filter is the first of Transurban's Motorscapes projects, with a second project underway on a site near the Hills M2 Motorway in Macquarie Park, Sydney.
- Use of local contractors and suppliers: 80% of suppliers/contractors within 30km of site
- Improving the ecological value of the site: Approximately 18,000 natives planted
- Volunteers: 55 volunteers participated in the project
- Use of recycled materials: 100% of timber from reclaimed sources, 73% recycled content in steel reinforcement
- Renewable energy creation: 4kW solar PV system designed to offset night time lighting energy demand