Winning! Dawson Street Precinct wins architecture award


Brimbank Council’s recent upgrade to Dawson Street Sunshine has won a Landscape Architecture Award at the annual Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victorian Chapter awards.

Judges described the upgrade as an “exciting example of a successful landscape driven urban renewal project” that had improved safety perceptions, pedestrian access and access to local businesses, as well as reducing crime.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the $2.6 million stage one upgrade to Dawson Street was completed in March 2017.

“The project improved safety for pedestrians and drivers, creating new footpaths and a pedestrian shelter, better lighting, and clearly marked pedestrian crossings.

“The upgrade also included new plants and street trees, including raingardens that capture and treat stormwater runoff, which is much better for our environment.

“These improvements have significantly improved the area for both pedestrians and drivers.

“While the award is welcome recognition – the real reward is seeing more people out and about in Dawson Street, making the most of this vastly improved environment,” Cr Giudice said.

The award in the Civic Landscape Category was announced at the annual Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victorian Chapter awards on Friday 10 August.

The total cost of the first stage of the Dawson Street Precinct Update was $2.6 million, of which Council contributed $2.1 million.

The project was further supported by:

  • The Department of Justice, which provided $250,000 via the Safety Infrastructure Fund for lighting and pedestrian amenity shelter
  • Melbourne Water, which contributed a $250,000 Living Rivers Grant for raingarden infrastructure.

The next stage of works planned will improve the connection between the area and the Sunshine Leisure Centre, and provide a green space including informal play areas – with work expected to begin in the 2019/2020 financial year, subject to future Budget processes.