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Where has the “vision” gone in Docklands?

June 25th, 2024 - Jackie Watts

Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) often bemoans the fact that Melbourne has “amnesia” about the significance of its rich maritime heritage. We wonder – is a similar “amnesia” taking hold in relation to Docklands?


Shipping Control Tower: questions remain

April 30th, 2024 - Jackie Watts

Until now this significant maritime infrastructure asset, the responsibility of state authority Development Victoria (DV), continues to loom as a degraded bastion of failed vision like the Wheel, Harbour Esplanade and Central Pier.

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Parks Victoria’s litter management under the microsope

March 27th, 2024 - Jackie Watts

People tend to be drawn to live close by to waterways, whether these be rivers, harbours or beaches. The Docklands community is evidence of this universal attraction.

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Celebrating Docklands’ maritime heritage in 2024

February 28th, 2024 - Jackie Watts

The Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) looks forward in 2024 to working with the Docklands community to grow public awareness of the precinct’s unique maritime heritage.

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Maritime freight matters

November 29th, 2023 - Jackie Watts

The community living in the Docklands precinct with large vessels and tugs on their doorstep are likely to be more aware than many in the wider community of the immense importance of maritime trade.

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Young people REALLY matter to MMHN!

November 1st, 2023 - Jackie Watts

Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) is intent upon growing maritime heritage “awareness” among young people; that is, creating maritime enthusiasts of the future! We have hurdles to overcome.

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A busy month for boating and maritime enthusiasts

September 27th, 2023 - Jackie Watts

Many in the community may not recognise that they have a rich maritime heritage of significant social, cultural, and economic value – past, present and future.

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Action on the Control Tower

August 30th, 2023 - Jackie Watts

Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) is happy to report Development Victoria (DV) action finally on the rapidly degenerating Shipping Control Tower on North Wharf.  Hopefully, Docklands residents will be happy about this too.

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Waterways are a constant presence in the daily life of Docklands

August 2nd, 2023 - Jackie Watts

Understanding the history of the waterways of Docklands is very rewarding. What we see now is indeed impressive and unique in Melbourne but the “back-story” of what you see now of today’s waterways warrants attention.

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