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WODONGA’s historic railway station and yards are not only turning heads locally – they have caught the eye of the judges of the 2017 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellent awards.
The development at Junction Place, being developed by Places Victoria and key stakeholders include the City of Wodonga, Regional Development Victoria and Central Place (developer)will be among 27 Victorian finalists at this year’s national awards to be announced in May.
The old railway station joins apartments and aquariums, retirement living villages and high-tech libraries, sustainable offices and the Old Melbourne Gaol in the finals, according to Victorian Property Council Executive Director Sally Capp.
“Every year, Victoria’s world-class developments are on display, and the 27 nominations this year reflect the industry’s commitment to building places that enrich our cityscapes, communities and the lives of people,” Sally said.
The Junction Place project has aimed to bring new life to the former historic railway station and yards in central Wodonga. The project doubles the size of Wodonga’s central business district and revitalises the city centre.
Also among the finalists this year are Melbourne’s Sealife Aquarium, the Olympic Park Community Facility and RMIT’s Bundoora West Student Accommodation Project.
Several Victorian heritage projects are in contention for awards, including RMIT’s Building 11 and The Junction Place in central Wodonga.
“The $11 million refurbishment of the oldest building on the RMIT city campus – once part of the Old Melbourne Gaol that housed Ned Kelly and the Eureka Stockade rebels – has preserved and enhanced an important piece of Victoria’s historical heritage, while The Junction Place has brought new life to Wodonga’s abandoned railway yards,” Ms Capp explains.
VicTrack’s Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program, which restored 15 disused rail buildings in regional areas and opened them up to the community, is also competing for the HILL PDA Award for Government Leadership.
“Other projects in contention include the trailblazing 171 Collins Street, which is one of the most sustainable offices in the country, and the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, which integrates the traditional with the high-tech to create spaces that support learning in the 21st century,” Ms Capp adds.
All national development finalists are in the running for the industry’s most coveted prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award. All development projects named as finalists are also vying for the State Development of the Year award in their state.
Rider Levett Bucknall Director Ewen McDonald says that the 141 finalists across 20 categories highlight the importance and influence of the awards.
“We have proudly partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present these awards since 1982,” Mr McDonald says.
“Over that time, the number of categories and entrants have grown, and the quality of the entries from Victoria – demonstrating technological innovation, design excellence, efficiency and sustainability – has evolved enormously,” Mr McDonald adds.
National award winners will be announced at the 2017 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Friday 5 May 2017. Tickets are now on sale.

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