The City of Melbourne is developing a Master Plan to guide the future development, management and use of Birrarung Marr over the next 20 years.

Birrarung Marr is an important capital city open space on the northern banks of the Yarra River. In 2002 Birrarung Marr was the first major open space to be built in Melbourne in a century. It’s a well-designed urban contemporary landscape that was created as a place for people and to celebrate public activities.

To find out more about stage one of the Birrarung Marr community consultation, read:

A draft of the Master Plan is expected to be shared for community consultation next year.

It’s estimated that 4.6 million visitors use Birrarung Marr annually. It’s well utilised by the worker and residential population, and is a key event space for Melbourne’s cultural calendar. It’s also an important meeting place for the Aboriginal community and celebrates their connection to the land and the Yarra River. ‘Birrrarung’ (river of mists) is the Wurrundjeri name for the river and ‘Marr’ relates to ‘side of the river’.

In recent years, population growth and construction projects in and around Birrarung Marr have changed the way that people access and use the park. Some areas of the park are in need of upgrade or repair while others are not being utilised to their full potential. There’s an opportunity to explore how this capital city park can be better managed to provide a local park experience for visitors, residents and workers while continuing its role as a major events space into the future. There’s also an opportunity to celebrate and improve the social, environmental, recreational and cultural functions of the park, and the importance of its connection to Traditional Owners.

Birrarung Marr

Explore a photo tour of Birrarung Marr. Hover over the camera icon to find out more about each area.

Your stories

In phase one of our community consultation on the draft Master Plan, we ask what was most loved about Birrarung Marr.

Here are a selection of story submissions: