What we heard

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

Here is a selection of stories that were submitted:

Birrarung Marr

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

Speakers corner
Middle terrace
Upper terrace
Lower terrace
Main entry
Art Play

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.

Community Consultation report

Birrarung Marr Master Plan