2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award of Excellence for Land Conservation

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Gum Scrub Creek, Officer by Outlines Landscape Architecture.

Gum Scrub Creek, Officer by Outlines Landscape Architecture. Image: Nick Stephenson

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Gum Scrub Creek, Officer by Outlines Landscape Architecture
Land Conservation: Award of Excellence
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

Creating a ten-hectare wetland in an urban growth area degraded by agriculture takes vision and quality of execution. Gum Scrub Creek is such a project. Located in Officer, Melbourne, the project has taken five years of planning to deliver and sets a benchmark for quality urban development.

Exploring the project even at a basic level reveals innovation in engineering interventions, including biofiltration systems and habitat ponds. But the results go deeper. The completed project reveals crafted natural patterns, architectural interventions and, most crucially, community pride. Combining natural restoration with creative stormwater management, the project provides a habitat for threatened species and promotes the restoration of diminishing ecosystems.

Once a farmers’ drain, Gum Scrub Creek has become a centre for community engagement and a developing natural environment to be cherished by generations to come.


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