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Green designs for Northbank: the Greenline Project takes shape

1 July 2021

Imagine strolling through four kilometres of connected parklands rich with art, culture, food and entertainment along the northern bank of the Birrarung or Yarra River.

Our plans for the Greenline initiative stretch from Birrarung Marr to the Bolte Bridge, featuring park upgrades, new pedestrian bridges and boardwalks, native plantings and better recognition of the river’s history.

The series of projects is expected to cost up to $300 million, with funding contributions to be sought from other levels of government and the private sector to achieve this highly collaborative project.

Forecasting shows the Greenline is anticipated to deliver more than $1 billion in economic activity and create up to 1000 jobs over the life of the initiative, which would be delivered in stages over multiple years.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the Greenline would deliver one of the biggest transformations of the city since the completion of Southbank Promenade in 1990 and the opening of Federation Square in 2002.

‘The Greenline would become one of Melbourne’s premier destinations, similar to the High Line in New York,’ the Lord Mayor said.

‘Our investment in the waterfront would create jobs for Melburnians and encourage investors to open their cheque book and deliver new projects.’

‘The initiative would also tell stories of Melbourne’s history, and increase visibility and understanding of the area’s Aboriginal culture and heritage.’

Our plans for the Greenline aim to unlock underutilised land, help our economy rebuild in the wake of COVID-19, investigate opportunities to improve the health of the river and much more.

Keep an eye out for opportunities later this year to provide your feedback during our consultation phase.

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