New public spaces for Southbank

Construction on the City of Melbourne's revitalisation of Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street has begun.

Construction to create 2.5 hectares of new public open space on Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street began last month and is expected to take 18-months to complete.

As a part of stage 1 works, over 65 new trees will be planted, along with approximately 300 new trees across the project.

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Image: Artist's impression of the new green tram track on Southbank Boulevard

Southbank Boulevard will be closed to all traffic between St Kilda Road and Sturt Street. Trams will continue to operate and the precinct will remain open to pedestrians

Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, will become one of Australia’s most pedestrian-friendly places, linking the Domain Parklands to the Yarra River. 

The redevelopment recognises the rich history and stories of the site and it is based on extensive community and stakeholder engagement.

Transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street

Creating new and accessible public open space is crucial, not just for locals, but for the visitors who come to enjoy Melbourne's art precinct.

Southbank is Melbourne’s most densely populated suburb with a population of 20,000 residents and 45,000 workers. 

The area has the least amount of public open space per person in Melbourne at just 2.5 square metres per person – Melbourne’s open space target is 21 square metres per person. This continues to decrease with each new development. Creating new and accessible public open space is crucial, not just for locals, but for the visitors who come to enjoy Melbourne's art precinct.

The creation of new public open space in Southbank, by using Southbank Boulevard, is a joint State Government and City of Melbourne initiative.

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