Emu feet, open space at new rail bridge

An artistic rendering of the 30,000 square metre open space, featuring a sculpture of a pair of gigantic emu feet. Photo: Supplied 227135_01

By Alesha Capone

A 30,000 square metre open space, featuring a sculpture of a pair of gigantic emu feet, will be constructed next to the new elevated rail bridge in Werribee.

To be installed at the base of two bridge columns, the emu art is based on a traditional Wadawurrung story and will include a series of emu footprints etched into a pathway leading towards the Werribee River.

A ‘yarning circle’ representing an emu’s nest will be a central point for gathering and reflection.

Plans for the open space, adjoining existing parkland around Wyndham Park and Werribee River, were unveiled by Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and Werribee MP Tim Pallas this morning at the rail bridge at Werribee Street, where trains are now running.

At nearby Cherry Street, the level crossing removal is on track for completion by Easter, ahead of its original

2022 target date. The crossing removal project includes a new road bridge separating cars from trains, connecting Tarneit Road to Princess Highway.

Major construction on the area’s third level crossing removal project at Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing, is about to kick off, with crews starting work next week to lift retaining wall panels into place.

“Hoppers Crossing and central Werribee are one step closer to being completely level crossing-free, and I can’t wait to see the new artwork and designs that will add so much character and vibrancy to this new open space,” Mr Pallas said.