Community Consultation - Phase 1
Phase 1: Feedback we heard on the Draft Greenline Implementation Plan
The Greenline Project is a transformational project that presents a new vision for the north bank of the Yarra River - Birrarung. It will create 4km of interconnected promenades, parks, open spaces, Australian native planting, cultural activations and environmental renewal between Birrarung Marr and the Bolte Bridge.
The project is underpinned by policies and strategies prepared by Council and the State Government. These reference Traditional Owner culture and heritage together with community aspirations to improve the health and wellbeing of the river, with new promenades, public space, and improved connections.
The Greenline Project is located on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, and guidance from Traditional Owners will be ongoing throughout the design and development of this project.
The final Greenline Project Master Plan was approved by the Future Melbourne Committee on 5 December 2023.
The master plan will provide a framework for the Greenline Project, one of the biggest city-shaping projects in Melbourne’s history.
We integrated feedback from a four-week stakeholder and community engagement program into this Master Plan. Feedback will be used to develop and refine future Precinct Plans and Concept designs.
Read the Greenline Project Phase 4 Community consultation summary.
The Greenline Project Draft Master Plan incorporates feedback from the recent Informing the Greenline Project Master Plan consultation. This builds on previous engagement for the Greenline Implementation Plan in 2021, and consultation in 2022 on Precinct Planning and the draft Concept Design for the Birrarung Marr Precinct Site 1 project.
For further information on previous community engagement, see below.
Phase 1: Feedback we heard on the Draft Greenline Implementation Plan
Phase 2: Feedback we heard on The Greenline Project and the Draft Concept Plan for Birrarung Marr Precinct Site One
Phase 3: Feedback we heard on Informing the Greenline Project Master Plan.
Phase 4: Feedback we heard on the Greenline Project Draft Master Plan.
The Greenline Project is a once in a lifetime city shaping project that will revitalise the north bank of the Yarra River – Birrarung.
The project supports Council and community strategic aims to promote the health and wellbeing of city residents, workers and visitors, improve the health of the river and its ecologies, and the future prosperity of the city.
The project also supports the long-term community vision for social, economic and environmental improvements to the Yarra River-Birrraung set out in the State Government’s Yarra Strategic Plan.
The Greenline Project stretches along the north bank of the Yarra River – Birrarung between Birrarung Marr and Victoria Harbour, adjacent to Melbourne’s central business district for much of its length. At key public spaces along the northern river bank, The Greenline Project incorporates adjacent areas including urban streetscape renewals and public open spaces. Specific parks include Enterprize Park and Customs Square, Batman Park and Docklands Park South. The renewal of Seafarers Rest Park will also form part of The Greenline Project.
Recognising and highlighting contemporary Aboriginal culture and heritage and the significance of the Birrarung is a critical component of The Greenline Project. The City of Melbourne is working with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation as the Registered Aboriginal Party and the Traditional Owners for The Greenline Project area. This includes identifying opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal culture and knowledge along the Yarra River - Birrarung.
This knowledge will help shape open spaces along both sides of the river (as part of the broader Yarra River - Birrarung Strategy) and inform the experiences of the Greenline Project. This includes potential for truth-telling and enhancing ecological diversity within the central city to improve the health of the river and its surrounding Country.
The City of Melbourne is engaging with Traditional Owners to contribute to the development of the Greenline Project. Traditional Owners are providing ongoing guidance, and the values, priorities and aspirations identified will inform the evolution of the Greenline Project and the broader city river.
Planning on The Greenline Project is already underway with the endorsement of The Greenline Project Implementation Plan in December 2021, and the Concept Design for the first project at Birrarung Marr’s river edge endorsed by Council in December 2022. Early works to deliver this first project are anticipated to commence in late 2023 with construction to follow in early 2024.
The endorsed Greenline Implementation Plan schedules delivery of The Greenline Project through to 2028. This timeline is indicative and subject to approvals.
Individual projects within The Greenline Project will be prioritised for delivery in the short, medium and long term. Regular updates will be provided, and the community will be invited to provide input and feedback as The Greenline Project continues to develop, and as the Master Plan and project plans are prepared in more detail.
The Master Plan is being delivered by a multidisciplinary design consortium led by ASPECT X TCL – in close collaboration with City of Melbourne.
The Floating Wetlands trial was installed in 2022-23. The wetlands were funded by the Victorian Government for $700,000, with sites in Docklands and at Enterprize Park (next to Melbourne Aquarium).
In 2022, we presented a concept for the first project we will be delivering along the river’s edge in Birrarung Marr which was endorsed by Council in December 2022 following community engagement.
The 2022–23 budget was used to accelerate Site 1 planning, design work and community consultation on the Master Plan and Site 1.
This project will improve ecology and biodiversity along this parkland edge, with new boardwalks and an improved promenade providing varied journeys and vantage points for day to day experiences of the river. Improved gathering places will allow for cultural practices and education, and continue to be a place for celebration and major events for the city.
Seafarers Rest is an existing public open space earmarked for renewal in the City of Melbourne’s Open Space Strategy. It has also been identified as a key area in the Docklands Public Realm Plan.
The Greenline Project was one of the actions to come out of the Yarra River - Birrarung Strategy, which was endorsed in 2019.
Engagement on the Draft Greenline Implementation Plan took place end of 2021. Learn more about the bold vision and what we heard from the community.
The Greenline Project Draft Master Plan outlines a vision for transforming the north bank of the Yarra River – Birrarung.
Timeline item 1 - complete
Yarra River – Birrarung Strategy endorsed by Council’s Future Melbourne Committee
Timeline item 2 - complete
Draft Greenline Implementation Plan endorsed by Council’s Future Melbourne Committee
Timeline item 3 - complete
Community consultation on Draft Greenline Implementation Plan
23 August to 3 October 2021
Timeline item 4 - complete
Greenline Implementation Plan endorsed by Council’s Future Melbourne Committee
7 December 2021
Timeline item 5 - complete
Commencement of sensor implementation, starting with Birrarung Marr
Timeline item 6 - complete
Community consultation on The Greenline Project precinct planning, and Birrarung Marr Precinct Site One (Phase 2 engagement)
2 August to 12 September 2022
Timeline item 7 - complete
Birrarung Marr Precinct Site One concept plan endorsed by Council’s Future Melbourne Committee
Timeline item 8 - complete
Installation of Trial Floating Wetlands in three sites along the central city waterways
December 2022 to March 2023
Timeline item 9 - complete
Community consultation to inform The Greenline Project Master Plan (Phase 3 engagement)
5 April to 17 May 2023
Timeline item 10 - complete
Preparation of draft Greenline Project Master Plan for council endorsement
Timeline item 11 - complete
Community consultation on the draft Greenline Project Master Plan
16 August to 13 September 2023
Timeline item 12 - complete
Final Greenline Project Master Plan for endorsement by Council
Timeline item 13 - incomplete
Birrarung Marr Precinct Site One to commence construction
Timeline item 14 - active
Community and key stakeholder engagement throughout the life of the project
Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners
The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.
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