Arts Precinct transformation creates more jobs for local apprentices, trainees, and cadets

Arts Precinct transformation creates more jobs for local apprentices, trainees, and cadets

More apprentices, cadets and construction workers are kickstarting their careers with hands-on experience working on the city-shaping Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation (MAPT) project.

MAPT will deliver The Fox: NGV Contemporary – a new gallery dedicated to contemporary art and design, significant upgrades to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building under the Spire, and a new 18,000sqm urban garden in the precinct.

The capital project is supporting Victoria’s growing workforce, generating new jobs for local workers, apprentices, trainees, and cadets.

To date, 30 new roles for cadets and apprentices have been created across the project, with contractors already exceeding their required apprentice hours. Over the lifetime of the project more than 11,000 new jobs are being produced, ranging from carpentry and demolition to flooring, fire services and project management.

The Minister for Development Victoria, Precincts and Creative Industries Colin Brooks, Minister for Jobs and Industry Natalie Hutchins, and Member for Albert Park Nina Taylor, recently toured the site of the future The Fox: NGV Contemporary gallery and met some of the local apprentices and workers who are contributing to the major infrastructure project.

Along with building a practical skillset and nurturing a growing workforce, these apprentices, trainees, and cadets have the opportunity to play a part in the once-in-a-generation transformation of the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

Construction and access updates

So far this year, construction on the project is making strides ahead, with works well under way across several sites.

At 77 Southbank Boulevard (the future site of The Fox: NGV Contemporary) deconstruction of the previous building is progressing. A long-reach excavator recently arrived on site to begin the next stage of the deconstruction.

To fast-track important works in the Kavanagh/Sturt streets intersection, there are traffic changes in place to enter and exit Arts Centre Melbourne’s Car Park.

Until Monday, July 1, the Car Park entry and exit will be via Southbank Boulevard only. There will be no access to the Car Park via Kavanagh St during this time. This temporary change will benefit the overall project programme and reduce future disruption in the precinct.

For more information on the temporary change to entry and exit for the Car Park, check out the map below.


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