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Southbank Boulevard transformation complete

8 November 2022

The City of Melbourne has completed the $44 million transformation of Southbank Boulevard – turning Southbank from grey to green with two new neighbourhood parks and a community and play space.

Residents and workers will now benefit from more than 22,000sqm of new public open space in the heart of the city’s most densely populated suburb.

Canopy cover has been improved along the length of Southbank Boulevard, with the planting of more than 400 new trees across the life of the project, helping to cool local streets and combat the effects of climate change.

The final stage of the project, a new play space for children, has opened to the public alongside upgrades to landscaping, additional street furniture and bluestone paving.

Improvements have also been completed to the Southbank Boulevard roadway, alongside a safety upgrade at the City Road intersection and the installation of 1.1km of separated bike lanes.

Major improvements delivered through the Southbank Boulevard project include:

Neighbourhood Park – Kavanagh Street to Moore Street

  • 110 new trees
  • Street furniture including benches, picnic tables, seating

Neighbourhood Park – Fawkner Street to City Road

  • 79 new trees
  • Steel walkway path
  • Irrigation and lighting improvements

Community Space – Sturt Street to Moore Street

  • 54 new trees
  • Power and communications upgrades to enable events and broadcasts
    Street furniture including picnic tables, benches and barbecues

Play Space – Fawkner Street to Kavanagh Street

  • 45 new trees
  • Climbable boulders, slides, swings and ladders

Arts Gateway – Dodds Street, Sturt Street and Southbank Boulevard

  • 135 new trees
  • Green tramway trial in conjunction with Yarra Trams

Despite being home to more than 20,000 residents, Southbank only has 2.5sqm of public open space per resident. Council’s Open Space Strategy recommends 20sqm of public open space per resident.

That’s why we’re creating more green open space in Southbank, with more than $25 million invested over the next four years to identify and secure new open space in the area.

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp:

“We’ve turned Southbank from grey to green – creating more than 22,000sqm of new public open space, including two brand new parks and more than 400 new trees.”

“The Southbank Boulevard transformation is one of the largest and most significant projects ever undertaken in the area – creating jobs and delivering a new green corridor.”

“This project has been a long time in the making and we’d like to thank everyone – especially our businesses and residents – for their patience while we got on with the job.”

“It’s now time to sit back, relax in the park, fire up the barbecue, let the kids play and enjoy the green surrounds in the heart of Southbank.”

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8 November 2022

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