Caulfield to Dandenong Open Space

Artist impression of open space


The Level Crossing Removal Project have removed nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong by elevating the rail line in three sections. As well as making the community safer and less congested, the innovative design allowed us to create 22.5 hectares of new community open space.

On 13 November 2017 we released the final designs for the new open space.

The new urban park was completed in late 2018.

'Djerring Trail' connecting our communities

Construction is complete on the open space, which includes seven new recreational areas for the community to enjoy, and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling path which extends from Monash University’s Caulfield Campus to the East Link Trail. More than 12 kilometres of path was built by the project, joining existing paths to create a continuous 17 kilometre route from Caulfield to the EastLink trail, beyond Yarraman Station.

During the consultation program for the project’s 22.5 hectares of new open space, you told us that this path should be named. We received an enormous response from the community to name the shared use path and received close to 2000 votes on the eight proposed names.

The list of names was informed from recommendations from the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) and the project team. These proposals complied with the Naming rules for places in Victoria 2016 and there was consultation with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc with regards to the use of the Aboriginal language words.

The proposed names were:

  • Kerrboo onool Trail (pronounced kerr-boo-oh-nool)
  • Kerrboo onool Rail Trail
  • Djerring Trail (pronounced jer-ring)
  • Djerring Rail Trail
  • Urban Parkland Trail
  • Urban Parkland Rail Trail
  • Eucalyptus Trail
  • Eucalyptus Rail Trail

The overwhelming winner was 'Djerring Trail' receiving over 30% of the total votes. 'Djerring Rail Trail' came in second, giving 'Djerring' a clear preference with over 60% of the total votes combined.

The name has been formally submitted to the Office of Geographic Names, resulting in the Djerring Trail being formally gazetted and taking its place in Melbourne’s history.

'Djerring' is an Aboriginal word from the Bunurong language that translates to the words 'join' or 'unite' and is also interpreted as 'connect'.

The Bunurong are Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who occupy South-Central Victoria, Australia.

About the open space

Community Open Space Expert Panel

A Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) was established to oversee plans for the new public open space. For information on the panel visit Community Open Space Expert Panel. COSEP's key feedback, ideas and recommendations are summarised in the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report.

Open Space Ideas Hub

This Open Space Ideas Hub was launched in December 2016 - we wanted to hear your thoughts on some of the ideas the Community Open Space Expert Panel generated - as well as your own creative ideas of how we can transform the rail corridor into an attractive and safe environment for Melburnians to enjoy. This Open Space Ideas Hub closed on 30 June 2017.

The feedback and ideas received via the Open Space Ideas Hub are summarised in the Open Space Consultation Report.


The Level Crossing Removal Project have removed nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong by elevating the rail line in three sections. As well as making the community safer and less congested, the innovative design allowed us to create 22.5 hectares of new community open space.

On 13 November 2017 we released the final designs for the new open space.

The new urban park was completed in late 2018.

'Djerring Trail' connecting our communities

Construction is complete on the open space, which includes seven new recreational areas for the community to enjoy, and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling path which extends from Monash University’s Caulfield Campus to the East Link Trail. More than 12 kilometres of path was built by the project, joining existing paths to create a continuous 17 kilometre route from Caulfield to the EastLink trail, beyond Yarraman Station.

During the consultation program for the project’s 22.5 hectares of new open space, you told us that this path should be named. We received an enormous response from the community to name the shared use path and received close to 2000 votes on the eight proposed names.

The list of names was informed from recommendations from the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) and the project team. These proposals complied with the Naming rules for places in Victoria 2016 and there was consultation with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc with regards to the use of the Aboriginal language words.

The proposed names were:

  • Kerrboo onool Trail (pronounced kerr-boo-oh-nool)
  • Kerrboo onool Rail Trail
  • Djerring Trail (pronounced jer-ring)
  • Djerring Rail Trail
  • Urban Parkland Trail
  • Urban Parkland Rail Trail
  • Eucalyptus Trail
  • Eucalyptus Rail Trail

The overwhelming winner was 'Djerring Trail' receiving over 30% of the total votes. 'Djerring Rail Trail' came in second, giving 'Djerring' a clear preference with over 60% of the total votes combined.

The name has been formally submitted to the Office of Geographic Names, resulting in the Djerring Trail being formally gazetted and taking its place in Melbourne’s history.

'Djerring' is an Aboriginal word from the Bunurong language that translates to the words 'join' or 'unite' and is also interpreted as 'connect'.

The Bunurong are Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who occupy South-Central Victoria, Australia.

About the open space

Community Open Space Expert Panel

A Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) was established to oversee plans for the new public open space. For information on the panel visit Community Open Space Expert Panel. COSEP's key feedback, ideas and recommendations are summarised in the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report.

Open Space Ideas Hub

This Open Space Ideas Hub was launched in December 2016 - we wanted to hear your thoughts on some of the ideas the Community Open Space Expert Panel generated - as well as your own creative ideas of how we can transform the rail corridor into an attractive and safe environment for Melburnians to enjoy. This Open Space Ideas Hub closed on 30 June 2017.

The feedback and ideas received via the Open Space Ideas Hub are summarised in the Open Space Consultation Report.

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    There is some exciting progress at Noble Park with the construction of the first open space off-leash dog park underway!

    To celebrate, we want you to use your best puparrazi skills and send through a photo of your pooch excited to use the park.

    Two $50.00 vouchers are up for grabs to use at Ace Dog Clipping and Grooming in Noble Park.

    Entries close at 5:00pm 19 August, submit your photo for your chance to win!

    View the terms and conditions of this competition.

    Check out our photo gallery of submissions.

    There is some exciting progress at Noble Park with the construction of the first open space off-leash dog park underway!

    To celebrate, we want you to use your best puparrazi skills and send through a photo of your pooch excited to use the park.

    Two $50.00 vouchers are up for grabs to use at Ace Dog Clipping and Grooming in Noble Park.

    Entries close at 5:00pm 19 August, submit your photo for your chance to win!

    View the terms and conditions of this competition.

    Check out our photo gallery of submissions.

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    In early May 2017 we launched a survey to seek feedback on proposals for the seven new community spaces that will be created by the project. These spaces can be used for a number of purposes including active, recreational and sporting activities.

    This survey closed on 31 May 2017 and was completed by over 160 people. The feedback we received is being used to inform the design of the open space.


    In early May 2017 we launched a survey to seek feedback on proposals for the seven new community spaces that will be created by the project. These spaces can be used for a number of purposes including active, recreational and sporting activities.

    This survey closed on 31 May 2017 and was completed by over 160 people. The feedback we received is being used to inform the design of the open space.


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    In early March 2017 we launched a survey to seek feedback on  22.5 hectare linear park created by the project including the 17 kilometer bicycle and pedestrian path. This survey closed on 31 March 2017.

    Over 200 people completed this survey, with 97% supporting the items proposed for the linear park.

    92% of respondents advised us that they would use the shared use path for recreational use, 97% supported the addition of way finding signage and 98% supported the addition of kilometre distance signage in the linear park.

    In early March 2017 we launched a survey to seek feedback on  22.5 hectare linear park created by the project including the 17 kilometer bicycle and pedestrian path. This survey closed on 31 March 2017.

    Over 200 people completed this survey, with 97% supporting the items proposed for the linear park.

    92% of respondents advised us that they would use the shared use path for recreational use, 97% supported the addition of way finding signage and 98% supported the addition of kilometre distance signage in the linear park.

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    In January 2017 we launched a survey to seek feedback on the thousands of plants and trees we will introduce into the new parkland. This survey closed on 28 February 2017.

    190 people completed this survey, with 79% supporting the proposed planting concepts in Noble Park and Clayton and 78% supporting the proposed planting concept in Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale.

    80% of respondents told us that they supported the key species proposed for planting. We heard that generally natives and indigenous species were preferred and that you would like species planted which attracted bird life. You

    In January 2017 we launched a survey to seek feedback on the thousands of plants and trees we will introduce into the new parkland. This survey closed on 28 February 2017.

    190 people completed this survey, with 79% supporting the proposed planting concepts in Noble Park and Clayton and 78% supporting the proposed planting concept in Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale.

    80% of respondents told us that they supported the key species proposed for planting. We heard that generally natives and indigenous species were preferred and that you would like species planted which attracted bird life. You also told us that you would like River Red Gum's replanted.

    We are actively investigating options to replant River Red Gums however, opportunities are limited due to operational and safety constraints within the rail corridor. We are actively exploring planting alternative species to introduce similar biodiversity values such as eucalyptus melliodora and eucalyptus radiata.

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    In December 2016 we launched a survey to seek feedback on the Community Open Space Expert Panel’s proposal for sections of support pillars to be utilised to create outdoor art galleries in key precincts, reflecting the history and personality of each local area. This survey closed on 27 January 2017.

    Over 200 individuals completed this survey, with 84% supporting the pillars being used to create an outdoor art gallery.

    In December 2016 we launched a survey to seek feedback on the Community Open Space Expert Panel’s proposal for sections of support pillars to be utilised to create outdoor art galleries in key precincts, reflecting the history and personality of each local area. This survey closed on 27 January 2017.

    Over 200 individuals completed this survey, with 84% supporting the pillars being used to create an outdoor art gallery.

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