Environmental sustainability

The transport network is public space that contributes to healthy, sustainable and liveable communities.

Environmental sustainabilityKey achievements

Metropolitan bus franchise - The metropolitan bus franchise delivers around 30 per cent of Melbourne’s public bus services. Kinetic won the nine and a half year, $2.3 billion tender contract which began operations on 31 January 2022. Over the term, 341 of 537 buses will be replaced with low or zero emission vehicles.

Mordialloc Freeway - The new nine kilometre Mordialloc Freeway was completed in November 2021, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to the Dingley Bypass. The freeway includes the world’s first 75 per cent recycled plastic noise walls, bolstering the project’s reputation as Australia’s greenest freeway. The project used almost 800,000 tonnes of recycled and reused materials, including plastic, glass, reclaimed asphalt and rubble.

M80 Upgrade - Major works were completed on the Sydney Road to Edgars Road section of the M80 with new lanes and ramps in each direction. This leading sustainability project has become Victoria’s first major road project with recycled content (over 66 per cent) in every layer of the road pavement.

Recycled First Policy - The Government’s Recycled First policy has significantly increased recycled material use in major transport projects. Under new road and rail construction contracts, contractors must optimise recycled and reused content.

The recently completed Hallam North Road upgrade used 700 metres – around 14.5 tonnes – of Victorian-produced high-quality plastic stormwater pipes made of 100 per cent recycled high-density polyethylene – milk, shampoo and laundry product bottles. Diverting plastics from landfill benefits the environment and the community.

Recycled plastic was also used to strengthen shared user paths on the Monash Freeway (continuing) and Mordialloc Freeway (completed) projects. eMesh is made entirely from recycled plastics and is replacing steel mesh reinforcement in path construction. It speeds up construction and extends the concrete’s life.

Sustainable local ports framework - Two projects this year, totalling $4.87 million, are expected to:

  • stabilise the western abutment of the Lakes Entrance training walls
  • replace sheet piling on the Apollo Bay Lee Breakwater.

Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) - The VFA has supported communities and the environment by developing the Corner Inlet Fishery Management Plan to ensure the effective, efficient, and ecologically sustainable management of fishing in Corner Inlet into the future. 

The VFA’s achievements include:

  • stocking waterways across Victoria with 10.2 million fish to boost population numbers and increase recreational fishing opportunities
  • continuing to evolve the ‘Fishing for All’ program to increase the active involvement of people with disabilities into recreational fishing 
  • supporting the transition from net fishing to a hook and line snapper fishery by transforming Port Phillip Bay’s commercial fishing industry
  • constructing and deploying two artificial reefs in Port Phillip Bay to improve habitat for fish and create new recreational fishing opportunities
  • improving infrastructure for recreational fishers by installing new and upgraded fish cleaning tables and upgrading fishing platforms 
  • completing construction of a new $7 million native fish hatchery at Arcadia.

Zero Emissions Bus (ZEB) trials - In April, the Minister for Public Transport announced the start of 52 ZEB trials. For the first time, there will be some in regional Victoria. Run over three years, the trials will provide valuable insights to support Government’s pledge to only buy ZEBs from 2025.