The Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street Draft Concept Plan outlines our vision for creating great public spaces for people in Southbank.

It sets the direction and plan to transform Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, into one of Australia’s most pedestrian-friendly places, linking the Domain Parklands to the Yarra River. It recognises the rich history and stories of the site and it is based on extensive community and stakeholder engagement.

The Draft Concept Plan outlines 10 actions that form the basis of our vision for Southbank. View the interactive Draft Concept Plan or download the draft document below.

Southbank is Melbourne’s most densely populated suburb with a population of 20,000 residents and 45,000 workers. The current residential population is forecast to rise by 175 per cent in the next 15 years.

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. With over 96 per cent of Southbank’s population living in apartments with little access to outdoor space, creating new and accessible public open space is crucial.

The creation of new public open space in Southbank, by using Southbank Boulevard, is a joint State Government and City of Melbourne initiative as outlined in the Southbank Structure Plan (2010), the Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint (2011) and Council’s Open Space Strategy (2012).

It is possible to use Southbank Boulevard to create great new public spaces because traffic on Southbank Boulevard fell from 40,000 – 50,000 vehicles a day to 13,000 vehicles a day when Queensbridge Square was opened in 2001 – severing Southbank Boulevard’s link to the CBD.

Over the last two-years, we have undertaken extensive site analysis including traffic modelling, traffic engineering, flood and soil analysis, solar access mapping, and extensive discussions with all property owners and key stakeholders to determine where new public open space could be created.

You’ve also shared your vision for new public space in Southbank. We’ve used your ideas and feedback to create the Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street Draft Concept Plan.