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Plenty River Trail

Connecting communities north and south of Plenty Gorge Park to walk, ride, and play

  • 24KM

    Shared Trail

  • $19M

    Investment

  • $1.6M

    Project Value (AUD)

  • Melbourne, Victoria

    Melbourne, Victoria

Diverse visitor experiences, reflecting community interests, and cherishing heritage and nature in a rare geological setting

Looking to invigorate the Plenty Gorge Park in Melbourne, Parks Victoria set out to create a new shared-use trail for walkers, runners, and cyclists. We were there to help bring it to life.

Our Community Development design team, alongside landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean, designed and documented this project. We provided a wide variety of services including survey, civil, structural, geotechnical, traffic, water, building, and construction management. Our detailed design package and detailed planning assessment determined statutory approvals.

Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri people, embedded their knowledge into the design progress, and this cultural inspiration is represented in three new bridges, five new lookouts, and five gully crossings. In particular, the pipe bridge is a restored heritage pedestrian bridge, and the lookouts represent moments to pause, touch the ground, and connect.

A key feature was adopting a similar design for three viewing and two seat platforms. This enabled easier fabrication and onsite construction, especially with limited site access. One of the primary drivers of the project was the Caring for Country principle—we minimized impacts on the landscape by reducing the amount of material needed to build the path and avoid deforestation.

Ultimately, this project will provide people with increased opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy Melbourne’s bushlands.

At a Glance

Offices
Client
  • Parks Victoria
Partners
  • Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Architect
Greenaway Architects
Meet Our Team

Andi Davari, Principal Engineer, Project Coordinator

I believe great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.
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Rob Guest, Group Leader, Water Resources

I am passionate about developing sustainable solutions to mitigate flood risk to our communities.

Davin Slade, Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Engineering Practice Leader

As a geotechnical engineer, I enjoy working in a field that enables other civil engineering fields to design and construct their projects.
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Shadia Capobianco, Senior Structural Engineer

I focus on designing and delivering bridges and buildings that result in the best outcomes for the local community.
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Luke Smith, Principal, Transportation

My focus is on teamwork. Collaboration helps us share ideas, learn and develop, and gain experience in areas outside of our expertise.

Jorge Cotrim, Engineer

I enjoy working in a team to solve complex civil design and construction problems to provide the best possible outcome.

Andi Davari

Principal Engineer, Project Coordinator

Rob Guest

Group Leader, Water Resources

Davin Slade

Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Engineering Practice Leader

Shadia Capobianco

Senior Structural Engineer

Luke Smith

Principal, Transportation

Jorge Cotrim

Engineer

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