A rendering of the transformation of Northbank, along the Yarra River in Melbourne
The City of Melbourne has taken the first step to deliver one of the “biggest transformations” of the city with the release of an implementation plan for the revitalisation of the Northbank.
The plan for the Greenline project is to be considered by city councillors with the report outlining the vision for the Northbank along the Yarra River – Birrarung. The proposed investment is expected to cost up to $300m with funding contributions to be sought from other levels of government as well as the private sector.
According to city authorities, forecasting indicates Greenline will deliver more than $1bn in economic activity and create up to 1,000 jobs over the life of the project.
“We want Northbank to become one of the city’s premier destinations for workers, residents and tourists. This investment would transform some of the most unloved areas in the city into a series of connected parklands with opportunities for food, art, culture and entertainment,” said Sally Capp, lord mayor.
“New infrastructure including pedestrian bridges and boardwalks will be delivered to improve connectivity and provide a continuous green link throughout Northbank, which will allow residents, workers and visitors to view new perspectives of the city.”
The implementation plan sets the direction for the revitalisation of the Northbank of the river covering four kilometres between Birrarung Marr and the Bolte Bridge and deliver one of the biggest transformations of the city since the completion of Southbank Promenade in 1990 and the opening of Fed Square in 2002.
“Greenline could be a game-changer for Melbourne by encouraging people down to the waterfront. We want to construct a world-class river precinct that connects people, communities and businesses”
City transport, infrastructure, and operations deputy lead councillor Roshena Campbell said the proposed plan would deliver major improvements to the waterfront to attract more visitors and investment. The plan includes park upgrades, new walkways, native plantings and better recognition and celebration of the river’s history.
The Greenline will also tell stories of Melbourne’s history and increase visibility and understanding of the area’s Aboriginal culture and heritage.
“Greenline could be a game-changer for Melbourne by encouraging people down to the waterfront. We want to construct a world-class river precinct that connects people, communities and businesses,” added Campbell.
“We want to help our local tourism sector not only to rebuild after the pandemic but rebuild better than before. Projects like Greenline would create a focal point for tourists wanting to experience Melbourne’s history and culture.”
The City of Melbourne does not own or independently manage the waterways or banks of the Yarra River – Birrarung so the transformation of this area will be a collective responsibility of all Victorian government partners and adjoining landowners.
The Yarra River – Birrarung Strategy provides City of Melbourne’s strategic direction for the river and is the key guiding document for the Greenline.
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