The City of Melbourne has released its vision for the Greenline project, which aims to develop the north bank of the Yarra River – Birrarung into a promenade.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said Greenline will deliver an uninterrupted journey from Birrarung Marr to the Bolte Bridge.
“Greenline will create one of the largest networks of green spaces in Melbourne, creating a six metre wide promenade – roughly the width of two traffic lanes,” the Lord Mayor said.
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“Imagine walking along the north bank of the Yarra from the MCG to Docklands as the sun sets. You meander along pedestrian boardwalks and over bridges, explore in new parks, and celebrate our Aboriginal heritage and culture.
“Just as Southbank and Federation Square energised Melbourne at the turn of the century, Greenline will usher in a new era for our city at a time we need it most.”
The Greenline plan outlines how spaces along the north bank will be developed to create a continuous four kilometre journey through integrated public spaces. Planning has already begun for this major initiative, with multiple projects to be rolled out along the north bank over the coming years.
Greenline will be distinctly Melbourne, with significant upgrades along the river including:
- Expanding the promenade in the Birrarung Marr precinct – welcoming more visitors
- Flinders Walk improvements – better access from Swanston Street to the river and connection to Flinders Street Station
- Upgrades to Banana Alley vaults and the lower promenade in the Yarro Yarro precinct
- Creating a continuous riverside link to Docklands
- A new park at the end of the Salt Water Wharf precinct
- Improvements to biodiversity, ecology and tree canopy cover
“Forecasting shows Greenline is anticipated to deliver more than $1 billion in economic activity and create up to 1000 jobs over the life of the project,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We’re already upgrading Enterprize Park – an early milestone of Greenline – which will be completed just in time for summer.
“Locals and visitors will soon enjoy an extra 1000 square meters of green lawn – almost the size of one Olympic swimming pool – with better views and access along the river.”
Council will continue to advocate for a tri-government funding partnership seeking $100 million each over the life of the project from the Victorian and Australian Governments.
Councillors will consider the Greenline Implementation Plan at the Future Melbourne Committee meeting on Tuesday 7 December, for more info, head here.