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Metro Tunnel

04 Jun 2019

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Anzac Station construction update

Works to build the Metro Tunnel Project’s Anzac Station on St Kilda Rd reached a new milestone in May with the completion of the station walls in the southern section of the site.

On the northern section of the site, the new station roof is nearly complete and excavation will soon begin. As the station is being constructed from the top down, the walls are built first, followed by the roof. A void is then left in the roof, through which excavation can be undertaken, minimising noise and dust.

The start of major excavation will see works move into the next phase, as the excavated station box will serve as the launch site for the tunnel boring machines.

At Edmund Herring Oval, works are also progressing to prepare for the installation of a treatment plant that will support tunnelling works next year.

Virtual world brings Melbourne’s past and present to life

Budding archaeologists can delve into Melbourne’s past thanks to an innovative creation for world-famous computer game Minecraft.

The Mini Melbourne virtual world features an archaeology adventure set among the Metro Tunnel Project’s dig sites.

It’s a Minecraft world-first – the first “virtual city” built as an educational resource for students.

Minecraft enthusiasts around the world can immerse themselves in Mini Melbourne, which features familiar sights such as Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne Town Hall and Federation Square.

Minecraft – now owned by Microsoft – is a global phenomenon with more than 154 million copies sold, making it the second best-selling video game of all time behind Tetris. The software is used for education purposes in more than 100 countries.

Mini Melbourne was launched by Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and Education Minister James Merlino in the CBD in May.

Students at the launch demonstrated the educational benefits of Minecraft by unearthing the city’s history as virtual archaeologists. Using trowels and brushes, they searched online for items dating back to Melbourne’s European settlement.

The archaeology adventure then involves researching objects found such as medicine bottles, a corkscrew and even teeth – evidence of a dentist working on the premises in the early 1900s.

Minecraft Mini Melbourne was developed by the Metro Tunnel Education Program and Victoria’s Department of Education and Training to develop students’ skills in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

For more information on Mini Melbourne and the archaeology adventure, visit: metrotunnel.vic.gov.au/library/resources-for-teachers/minimelbourne

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