A once-vacant site alongside CityLink has taken on a new life, with the completion of an iconic and sustainable artwork in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct.

The parcel of land on the Power Street Loop in Southbank has been transformed as part of Transurban’s Motorscapes program, which considers how vacant sites near our roads can be regenerated to benefit communities and the environment. Transurban is the owner and operator of CityLink.

Transurban CEO Scott Charlton today joined the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley to open the artwork - Habitat Filter- by Melbourne designers Matt Drysdale, Matt Myers and Tim Dow who won a public competition calling on ideas to transform the site.

Habitat Filter features a series of pods with a range of sustainability elements including specially designed nesting boxes for birds and bats, solar panels to offset lighting at night and the use of recycled materials. Transurban also partnered with Landcare Australia to revegetate the site with native plants.

Mr Charlton said the inspiration for the project came from the three pillars of Transurban’s sustainability strategy – to be good neighbours, use less and think long term.

“Habitat Filter is a great example of how we can rethink the use of vacant land along our roads to make cities more liveable,” Mr Charlton said.

“Our Motorscapes projects show how we can engage the community to transform the urban landscape and deliver lasting benefits to the communities in which we operate.

“We’re very excited to see this new, iconic entrance into the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct.”

Minister Foley welcomed the regeneration of the site and the many benefits the project will deliver to the community and environment.

“Habitat Filter is a fine installation that fits our city and this part of Southbank like a glove,” Minister Foley said.

“Habitat Filter is the work not only of our three designers and their partnership supported by a major corporate, it's the reflection of a culturally confident, proudly Australian-voiced but globally engaged, creative city. It’s a work we should all draw confidence from.

“I congratulate Transurban on recognising the power of creativity – and for providing opportunities for creative talent to generate fresh ideas, push boundaries and bring exciting new creative works to life.”

Power Street Loop is the first of Transurban’s Motorscapes projects, with a second project underway on a site near the Hills M2 Motorway in Macquarie Park, Sydney.