Construction of new park at ACCA pushed back to late 2025

Construction of new park at ACCA pushed back to late 2025
Sean Car

The City of Melbourne says works to transform the forecourt in front of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) into a new park will begin later next year as planning continues with the site’s owner Creative Victoria.

In August last year, Southbank News reported that construction was expected to begin in early 2024, however its understood negotiations between the council and Creative Victoria surrounding maintenance of the new park has contributed to the delays.

State MP for Albert Park Nina Taylor confirmed last year that $1.5 million was to be invested in the design and delivery of the green space, which spans more than a hectare, after the proposal was made in a commitment at the 2022 state election.   

Ms Taylor joined residents and Deputy Lord Mayor Nick Reece in celebrating the news on August 8, with the project being undertaken between the council, Creative Victoria, and ACCA.

The council confirmed last month that it was delivering the project in a design and project management capacity on behalf of Creative Victoria, which will be responsible for maintenance of the site upon completion.

Creative Victoria, which has responsibility for the 111 Sturt St site, said discussions around future maintenance were a regular part of planning with all project partners.

“The ACCA green space project will be a great addition to the 111 Sturt St site and will complement the broader Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project,” a Creative Victoria spokesperson said.

 

As the owner of the site, Creative Victoria, is working with project partners to bring this new space to fruition.

 

The new park at ACCA is being funded by the Victorian Government, including through the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, as part of the Better Parks and Playgrounds Program.

The council’s environment portfolio lead Cr Rohan Leppert said that parks and gardens were “a key part of what makes Melbourne the most liveable city in Australia – that’s why we’re making sure we continue to preserve and create even more green spaces.”   

“In our Budget 2024–25, we committed $29.5 million for open spaces, with work progressing on nine new parks and open spaces across the municipality,” Cr Leppert said.

“Our significant investment will ensure nature in our city flourishes – improving the wellbeing of our community and creating a more resilient city in the face of climate change.” •

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