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Major milestone to build Greenline’s riverfront entrance  

24 September 2023

Early works to unlock a world-class riverfront of boardwalks and vibrant new community spaces will begin later this year, with the appointment of a contractor to deliver the first stage of the Greenline Project.   

Symal Infrastructure has been awarded the contract to complete Site 1 of the Birrarung Marr precinct, kick-starting the City of Melbourne’s city-shaping transformation of the north bank of the Yarra River – Birrarung.  

The leading contracting business has a strong track record across a range of major infrastructure, landscaping, streetscape, bridge and water projects.   

The Greenline Project will deliver a four-kilometre riverfront promenade between Birrarung Marr and the Bolte Bridge – with five interconnected precincts creating lush waterfront spaces for events and community gatherings.   

Site 1 will form part of the Birrarung Marr precinct, transforming the river’s edge from Batman Avenue to the eastern edge of Federation Square at ArtPlay – with 450 metres of new boardwalks, viewpoints and thriving green spaces for play and recreation.  

This stage of works will create three contemporary spaces:  

  • The River Edge – the entrance to the Greenline Project, providing extensive pathways, new habitat for wildlife and lush green areas for play and recreation.  
  • The Lookout – an important place for Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung cultural celebrations, featuring an enhanced lookout along the river, additional seating and new plantings.  
  • The Fig Tree Boardwalk – creating a peaceful, shaded space for art, storytelling and nature with a suspended tree-lined platform and new seating.  

Detailed design and early investigative works for Site 1 are expected to begin later this year, with major construction to follow in 2024. Two additional sites will complete the Birrarung Marr precinct at later stages of the Greenline Project.  

The design for Site 1 is based on the precinct’s concept plan, which was developed in consultation with the community last year.  

The appointment of Symal Infrastructure follows the release of the draft Master Plan for community consultation in August. 

For more information on the Greenline Project, visit City of Melbourne.  

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp  

“Birrarung Marr will be the stunning entry point to Greenline Project – delivering a sublime riverfront experience with lush green spaces to bring people together.”    

“Greenline is an unequivocally transformational project that is set to inject $1 billion into Melbourne’s economy.” 

“We’re excited to partner with Symal Infrastructure – an industry leader that will build the first stage of picturesque boardwalks, spacious promenades, event spaces and native landscapes.”    

“These works will set the tone for the project – creating a beautiful entry point to the Greenline Project where you can listen out for wildlife, take in expanded views along the river and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s cultural heritage and buzzing arts scene.”      

Quotes attributable to City Transport, Infrastructure and Operations portfolio deputy lead Councillor Davydd Griffiths   

“Appointing a preferred contractor to develop the first section of the Greenline Project is a significant milestone in the delivery of this city-shaping project.”  

“Revitalising the north bank of the Yarra River – Birrarung starts here, and in years to come we can expect more than a million more visitors will enjoy new connected parks, cultural activations and riverfront dining spaces.”   

Quotes attributable to Executive General Manager of Symal Infrastructure Matthew Gurney 

“We’re delighted to be building better together with the City of Melbourne on the Greenline Project and working in a joint venture with Aboriginal owned and operated civil contractor Wamarra on a culturally significant site such as Birrarung Marr.” 

“Symal believes in fostering partnerships today to create a better tomorrow for Melburnians.” 

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24 September 2023

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