MOE Revitalisation Project Stage 2, has won a Regional Achievement Award.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) announced the winners of the 2024 Vic State Awards at an event held in Melbourne recently.

The jury honoured 25 winners from a total of 68 entries across 14 categories, including three Regional Achievement Award winners.

Improved: The revitalisation project has provided a huge boost to Moe’s central business district. Photograph supplied

Jury Chair, Flynn Hart says the projects celebrate the huge contribution of landscape architecture on shaping resilient, culturally conscious, climate positive and inspiring places throughout Victoria.

“This year’s award entries demonstrate the profession’s leading position on major challenges that affect us all, now and into the future,” Mr Hart said.

“We are leaders in climate-positive design, we connect people to their environment and we seek to engage all stakeholders with optimism and innovation. We are a humble profession with clear values and strong voices for how we manage changing environments and connect the life within them.”

Moe Revitalisation Project was seen to create a dynamic, civic space that has become a much-loved destination for all in the region.

Come one, come all: The new Moe skatepark has been a popular attraction since opening late last year. Photograph supplied

The project includes a youth skate precinct, family areas, barbecues, a relaxing garden and an event lawn. The project successfully incorporates community ambitions into a built outcome and contributes to the revitalisation of Moe’s central business district.

In their remarks, the jury said “This high-quality youth skate precinct with a beginner area and advanced skater bowl and quarter-pipe attracts visitors not only within the region, but visitors by train from Melbourne.”

“The Moe Revitalisation Project Stage 2 offers a tactical model that encompasses advocacy, agile design responses and a collaborative approach with local government.”

All winners at the State Awards level proceed to the National Landscape Architecture Awards held later this year.

AILA is the peak body for Landscape Architecture in Australia, championing quality design for public open spaces, stronger communities, and greater environmental stewardship.