Previously a disused area infested with noxious weeds, the five-hectare site has been transformed over the past 12 months into an ecologically valuable area alongside the Hills M2 Motorway.
Transurban’s Group General Manager Strategy, Michele Huey, said the goal is to actively contribute to the sustainability of motorways and roads and to give something back to the community.
“We have been working with Landcare Australia to create a healthy ecosystem at this site by removing harmful weeds and revegetating the area with local native plant species. This also helps to support the surrounding ecology of key areas such as the Lane Cove National Park and Lane Cove River”.
Landcare Australia Chief Executive Officer, Tessa Jakszewicz, noted that seeing the major transformation of the site from a dense forest of invasive weeds to a regenerated area of native bushland has been incredibly rewarding.
“Working in partnership with Transurban to create a healthy ecosystem, complementing the biodiversity of the neighbouring national park is a great example of a major Urban Landcare project that we hope will offer benefits for the local environment and communities.”
The site is also home to the new public artwork, Kinetica, winner of Transurban’s December 2015 Public Ideas Competition. Kinetica is the work of local Sydney creative duo Justin Sayarath and Sarah Anne Rodriguez who came up with the idea of creating a sustainably focused interpretation of the life cycle and resilience of Australian native flora.
“We were beyond excited to win the ideas competition as it has given us the opportunity to highlight the beauty of Australia’s native flora through contemporary art that is visible to over 100,000 motorists every day. Through our art, we are expressing our appreciation and love for Australia's undeniably unique native flora”, Ms Rodriguez said.
Members of the judging panel to choose the winning artwork included the Centre for Urban Design in Roads and Maritime Services, the NSW Government Architects Office, Macquarie University and Sydney artist, Lindy Lee.
Olivia Hyde, Director Design Excellence at the NSW Government Architects Office said the artwork promises to become a memorable addition to a well-used travel corridor, with its distinctive and colourful depiction of Australian native plants.
“We were pleased to be involved in the judging of ideas from the creative community as a part of the regeneration of the M2 Macquarie Park site. Public art plays an important role in the creation of our towns and cities. Integrated, well-considered public art can enhance the vibrancy, interest and identity of urban areas, including infrastructure such as motorways. Kinetica will make a positive contribution to the Macquarie Park area and Sydney’s urban design in general”, Ms Hyde said.