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ABC up next on Southbank Boulevard

08 Jul 2020

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Works on transforming Southbank Boulevard into a new linear park will move to the section in front of the ABC this month after the recent completion of the new “Arts Gateway” space in front of Southbank Theatre.

The council said that the new arts gateway space had delivered 1200 sqm of new public open space for Southbank, including locally sourced quartzite stone from Castlemaine, 55 large native trees, 16 large grass trees, and a variety of ground level planting, seating, furniture and lighting.

Works completed include stone installation and landscaping in front of the Melbourne Recital Centre and Southbank Theatre, tree and ground level planting and new bluestone footpaths.

Bike lanes along the edge of the roadway have been asphalted, and are now open to the public.

“The new landscaping, plantings and seating has created a vastly improved area for locals, concert goers and visitors to enjoy when the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.

Construction will now shift to the new civic space located in front of the ABC building between Moore and Sturt streets.

These works will include the demolition of the old roadway to make way for construction of the open space, which includes lawn areas, seating, planting and trees. The council said more information would be released on these works in July.

The City of Melbourne included a further $12.8 million in its recent budget towards helping fast track the completion of Southbank Boulevard.

Bridge closure extended

In a further capital works update, the council has confirmed that the Evan Walker Bridge will remain closed until August 1 •

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