Community rail buildings program wins national award

8 May 2017

VicTrack’s community rail buildings refurbishment program, delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government, was a winner at the prestigious Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence Awards

The Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program won the national award for ‘Best Government Leadership’ which recognises significant innovation and excellence by government in dealing with the property investment and development industries.

The program revitalises historic vacant rail buildings across regional Victoria so they can be opened up to the community and enjoyed. VicTrack works with local councils and its communities to explore ways for vacant station buildings to be transformed into much needed affordable spaces. 

So far the program has restored 16 buildings in 14 townships over four years. The revitalised buildings now offer a range of community uses, including arts hubs, offices, galleries, museums, community health hubs and performance spaces.

Recognition from the Property Council of Australia is a further accolade for the program, which has already received local heritage awards for works at Newstead and Chiltern. 

The Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program was delivered by VicTrack on behalf of Public Transport Victoria until 2016. It is now fully funded by VicTrack, and has a current pipeline of projects to be delivered in Dingee, Murtoa, Harcourt, Stawell, Willaura and St. Arnaud. 

The most recently completed project at Avoca transformed the station building into a community arts and garden precinct. 

For more information, please visit the community use of vacant rail buildings project page.

Quotes attributable to Peter Chau, General Manager Property Group, VicTrack

“One of VicTrack’s key focuses is to identify and restore important railway buildings right across the state.”

“The Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program has given us the privilege of working with passionate communities and councils to restore and revitalise Victoria’s historic station buildings.”

“Working hand-in-hand with local communities, we are giving people in regional Victoria much needed spaces to use, and turning once vacant station buildings into active community hubs.”

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