Lower Kororoit Creek, running beside the Altona plant, has been a focus for Toyota for many years.
Together with the Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek and Hobsons Bay City Council, Toyota employees and their families have helped plant more than 40,000 trees and shrubs in the area.
With the end of manufacturing at Altona, Toyota wanted to leave a lasting community legacy that would benefit future visitors to this area.
Toyota funded design and construction of approximately two kilometres of a new pedestrian and cycle path along the creek, as well as wayfinding signage and site specific public art.
Toyota’s funding covers Stages 1, 2 & 3 of the path. Officially opened on 30 July 2017, this section is called ‘Toyota Way’ and is dedicated to the many Toyota employees who have worked at Altona.
‘Toyota Way’ is enhanced with eight, three metre tall sculptures titled ‘Spirits of Time and Place,’ by local artist Geoffrey Ricardo.
Artists from across Australia were invited to submit ideas for this public art commission. Geoffrey’s work was selected from more than 40 submissions. His eight sculptures explore the symbols and metaphors of the area.