Welcome to The Quarry.
This eighty six thousand square metre site has been earmarked for the development of experiments in building and architecture, creative practices, education and technology.
The quarry was established one hundred and thirty four years ago, for the mining of Arkose Sandstone, which was formed from volcanic ash five hundred and fifty million years ago. The original owners of the land are the Gunditjmara people of the Gadubanud country, for over sixty thousand years. We pay our respects to their elders past and present, and any indigenous person who may be with us today. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Prior to invasion, tall open forests of Eucalyptus and associated species dominated the landscapes, but now most areas have been cleared for agriculture.
One hundred and six million years ago the region was within the coastline of Antarctica. It has the highest rainfalls in Victoria, with up to 200 millimetres being deposited in one day. If the site was untouched by humans for three years it would be reclaimed with blackberries and other species of flora. The Quarry is now a living system with just enough stability to stop it from falling in to chaos, with trees, plants, moss, cliffs, rocks, sumps, electricity, sheds, petrol, wire, shipping containers, barbed wire fences, eternally burning fire, frogs, birds, cattle and escaped live stock, snakes, foxes and bones, creating a diverse eco system. The rehabilitation plan for the site has been to fill it with water, turning it in to a lake for a future in recreation services. There are already water sumps on the site, running five meters deep. The water was brought up to the surface, using forty nine sticks of dynamite, which removed eighteen thousand and three tonnes of rock. That’s the equivalent of eighteen thousand and three cars.
The lake would be approximately three times bigger than the MCG. Seventy percent of the Earth's surface is covered in water and approximately one point two million people drown each year, with more than fifty percent being children. For design and innovation company TPT, who have recently welcomed a new life in to their family, this is a concern.
After some extensive focus testing and site analysis, a new rehabilitation plan will instead see the site opened as a recreational site for emotional reckoning.
This new flagship project marries site, program and infrastructure to create an Arcadia where you can become the pastoralist of their own garden of authenticity and rekindle your soul with our one true mother; Nature.
The future requires rehabilitation.