A new $63-million community precinct will shift the planning focus in Docklands from its buildings to the people, its proponents say.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy and Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle unveiled the plans for the project, including "Dock Square", on a windswept Friday morning in the harbour-side suburb.
Mr Guy said Docklands was fast becoming a showcase of Melbourne and Australia that was guiding the direction of urban renewal.
Dock Square, with its 3500 square metres of open space, was hailed as Melbourne's great new civic landmark.
"In 20 years' time I’m sure all of us will be back here on the corner of Bourke and Collins [streets] and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in his ninth term watches the ball drop in the equivalent of Melbourne’s Times Square," Mr Guy said, to laughter from the crowd.
"It will really, truly be the place to be in Melbourne."
The precinct is being delivered in partnership with Lend Lease and Places Victoria and will include:
- A square flanked by Collins and Bourke streets with a lawn area, outdoor children’s playground and large artwork by contemporary artist Sally Smart;
- A two-storey boating and family services hub with consulting rooms, playgroup room and multi-purpose space for 120 people;
- A three-storey library and community centre with recording studio and cafe.
All three components are due to be completed or opened between March and August 2014.
Source: Aisha Dow, The Age