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A Plant-Heavy Oasis Is Set To Open At The Top End Of Southbank

By Simon Cassar
30th Apr 2021

A concept shot of the Yarra river on a clear day with dense green shrubs and plants surrounding the walkway

City Of Melbourne and Lord Mayor Sally Cap has just announced their plans to extend some leafy love to the north end of the Southbank precinct with plans to develop a full riverside garden and cultural precinct as part of the Greenline project. 

Along this stretch of the Yarra-Birrarung river, there’ll be a focus on creating natural environments and producing spaces that feature native fauna and plant life, transforming the former concrete-heavy sector into a green haven for the daily influx of people that surround the area.

“We want Northbank to become one of the city’s premier destinations for workers, residents, and tourists. This investment would transform some of the most unloved areas in the city into a series of connected parklands with opportunities for food, art, culture, and entertainment,” the Lord Mayor said.

Along with the gentrification of the area, there’s also a focused effort on increasing the awareness and historical significance of aboriginal culture and legacy of the Wurundjeri Country, highlighting stories and history of the Birrarung river and surrounding area.

The outline vision for the Greenline project has just been proposed today and has yet to be confirmed but keep an eye out for any new shrubs and ferns popping up.

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