Victorians are being asked to have their say on the $13 million Shrine to Sea project – a boulevard connecting Domain Gardens to Port Phillip Bay while celebrating the city’s historic landmarks and local legends.
The Shrine to Sea will create a safe, accessible and scenic walk and cycle experience between the Shrine of Remembrance and the heritage listed Kerferd Road Pier.
The three-kilometre boulevard, which will run along Albert and Kerferd Roads in Albert Park and South Melbourne, will pay homage to famous Melburnians and historic landmarks, including champion billiard player Walter Lindrum and the birthplace of Vegemite.
When complete the boulevard will include critical safety upgrades and provide improved links to attractions such as arts and cultural venues, sport and recreation facilities, popular retail and restaurant strips, and trails in surrounding suburbs.
Trees and vegetation planted along the route will help cool and green the cityscape, improve the city’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and enhance liveability.
All Victorians are being urged to contribute ideas for the project area, including suggestions for improving existing open spaces and amenities, how nearby attractions and trails can be better connected, and which people and landmarks should be celebrated.
Community contributions will build on previous engagement by Parks Victoria and will be one of many phases of public consultation over the next few years.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is leading the project, in partnership with the City of Port Phillip, Parks Victoria and the Department of Transport.
To have your say on the project through an online survey open until early November or for more information visit engage.vic.gov.au/shrinetosea.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“This project will celebrate the unique charm and character of Melbourne while showcasing our local legends and historic landmarks.”
“I encourage Victorians to contribute their ideas so we can ensure this boulevard ticks all the boxes in connecting the gardens to the sea while providing more open green space and improving Melbourne’s liveability.”
Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley
“The Shrine to Sea will celebrate the stories that make this area such a vibrant much-loved part of Melbourne while improving liveability for the local community and for visitors.”
Reviewed 14 October 2020