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Vale Janice Foster_____

Vale Janice Foster

Vale Janice Foster

The Tract Family sadly announce the passing of Janice Foster, after her long and resolute battle with cancer.

Janice arrived in Australia from the farmlands of Minnesota as an accomplished accountant for Campbells Soups, choosing an international posting to regional Shepparton. In true a serendipitous moment it was here that she met her partner, Michael Kluge. Whilst an accomplished accountant she always wanted to be a Landscape Architect. She had completed her first year of study in Minnesota prior to moving to Shepparton, then finishing her Master in Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Melbourne.

She joined Tract for her second career as a Landscape Architect in the late 90’s making her a member of the Tract family for over 20 years. Having started her landscape architecture career as mature graduate, Janice through her creative abilities, diligence, endeavour and spirit, rose to become a Senior Principal at Tract.

Having worked with her from the onset of her time at Tract, Managing Director Deiter Lim recounts “she was always passionate about the environment and was happy to take on any project large or small seeking to improve its artistic and environmental outcome… she was quietly spoken but with a steely determination to see things through and had the grand ability to cut through a tense discussion with either clients, contractors or staff members with her infectious giggle. She was always looking to leave the world a better place in whatever she did.”
During her wonderful career at Tract, Janice was involved in a great variety of projects from large scale urban developments to smaller residential development projects, including public parks, plazas, streetscapes, roof gardens, creeks and wetlands throughout Melbourne and Victoria. It was her love of the environment that led her passion in the design of wetland and environmental systems and conversely the emerging environmental benefits associated with urban rooftop gardens.

This passion led Janice to spend considerable time with The University of Melbourne researching and understanding the systems, requirements and benefits of urban roof gardens. She was instrumental in establishing Tract’s membership of CANOPY, the Melbourne City Council’s forum for green roofs, walls and facades which is part of their Rooftop Project program to help green the city.

Some notable projects include the Mansion at Werribee Park, 2006 Commonwealth Games Village, Moonah Links, 12 Apostles Visitor Centre, Providence Estate, Interia-Burwood and most recently the Caulfield Heath redevelopment.

A true creative, full of spirit and determination with a passion for the environment, striving to make the world a better place in whatever way she could.

Janice will forever remain a part of the Tract legacy.
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