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The Yarra's Northbank Precinct Could Be Getting a $300 Million Makeover

The City of Melbourne's ambitious project features new green spaces and elevated walkways that nod to New York’s High Line park.
By Libby Curran
May 03, 2021
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By Libby Curran
May 03, 2021
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The City of Melbourne has unveiled a new plan for an ambitious project which would see the northern bank of the Yarra overhauled with boardwalks, elevated pedestrian bridges and a stack of extra green space.

The proposed revitalisation project, Greenline, pulls inspiration from New York's High Line — an elevated public park built atop a former freight rail line — and spans a four-kilometre section of riverside stretching from Birrarung Marr to the Bolte Bridge. If approved, Lord Mayor Sally Capp said Greenline would deliver one of the biggest transformations of the city since the opening of Fed Square back in 2002.

The makeover details a series of high walkways the Lord Mayor says would help "provide a continuous green link throughout Northbank," and offer "new perspectives of the city". Various park upgrades and native foliage plantings are also in the works, as well as elements designed to better recognise the spiritual and historic significance of the Yarra Rivier — Birrarung — to First Nations people.

"Greenline would tell stories of Melbourne's history and increase visibility and understanding of the area's Aboriginal culture and heritage," the Lord Mayor said.

It's hoped that the Greenline plans would transform this underused pocket of land into a world-class waterfront precinct, attracting more visitors, locals and businesses.

The project is expected to cost up to $300 million. If approved, the council would seek funding from both the government and the private sector to bring the vision to life. According to forecasts by the City of Melbourne, Greenline could attract $1 billion in economic activity and create up to 1,000 jobs.

Greenline's proposed transformation of the Batman Park precinct.

The implementation plan released last week is set to be considered by councillors on Tuesday, May 4.

While the Greenline project is in proposal phase, Northbank does have a confirmed new addition heading its way, with final plans for Seafarers Rest unveiled last month. The new 3500-square-metre public park is set to be completed by 2024, featuring grassy lawns, event spaces and its own urban forest.

You can check out the full Greenline Implementation Plan here. It's being considered by City of Melbourne Councillors on Tuesday, May 4. We'll keep you posted as to what happens next.

Published on May 03, 2021 by Libby Curran

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