VIC Major Projects Conference 2019

27-28 November 2019
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Have your say on Southbank Boulevard’s transformation

Posted On August 23, 2016

The City of Melbourne is currently inviting residents to share their thoughts on the $15.9 million proposal to transform Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street.

The proposed open areas would facilitate “new children’s play areas, new trees, improved pedestrian connectivity, more than one kilometre and more open lawns”, said Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.

The proposed changes will result in a sizeable increase to “available open space in the southern side of the Southbank Boulevard through to the ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company and the Yarra River”.

More than 2.5 hectares of open space would be created as part of the project, simply by shifting traffic and partially closing Southbank Boulevard. One of the new open areas In front of the ABC centre will be larger than City Square indicated the Lord Mayor.

As part of the project, Dodds Street will also be transformed into an area capable of holding a multitude of events, ranging from the likes of street performances and art to medium scale music festivals.  

Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio Councillor Arron Wood informed the public that backyards in the inner city are rapidly getting smaller in size, with recent findings showing that Southbank has one of the lowest public spaces per resident ratios in the Melbourne area, with just 2.5 square metres free.

Acknowledging these statistics, Mr Wood stated that ““Our plan to transform the boulevard will ensure that nearby residents and workers are able to enjoy more open spaces for recreation, to meet each other and for public gatherings and relaxation.”

The current plans will require traffic to be shifted, but the shift is set to have a minimal effect on daily commutes, with Mr Doyle saying that there will be “adequate space” for regular traffic.

Current traffic data shows that the Boulevard carries 13,000 passengers a day, a sharp decline in passengers compared to 1998, where 40,000 vehicles travelled through the Boulevard. This decline is attributed to the removal of the Boulevard having direct access to the city in 2001 following the development of the Queensbridge Square.    

Public transport in the area will also get a makeover, with two tram stops between St Kilda Rd and Sturt Street being merged into a single, island based stop.  Similarly, new bus stops will be created along the Boulevard to serve the growing need for better accessibility in the area.

You can share your feedback on the proposal at: 

A draft master plan will be drafted in early 2017, based on the feedback that is given. It is hoped that the first stage of construction will begin in late 2017.










Source: Victorian Government

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