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Docklands Secrets May 2011

03 May 2011

Local archaeology

The builders of the new NAB building between Etihad Stadium and the walking concourse uncovered some early colonial history last month.

Buried deep under more than a century’s industrial residue was found a set of railway tracks – the wooden sleepers long rotted away. And immediately under the tracks was uncovered a hand-crafted brick drain.

Project builder Cbus was not interested in helping Docklands News get to the bottom of these mysteries.  

But it has been hypothesised that the railway line led to the nearby Goods Shed (now known as North and South, but then the longest railway shed in the southern hemisphere).

Cbus is also diverting the walking concourse during the period of construction.  

According to VicUrban, the concourse is being extended to the south to compensate for width being lost on the north side.

VicUrban says Cbus is proposing to construct an additional permanent east/west enclosed colonnade which will improve pedestrian access within the Stadium precinct generally and relieve crowd flow pressures from gates 4 and 5 during event times.

Works affecting the north-south pedestrian bridge are targeted for completion in mid-2012.

The look of the new NAB headquarters at 700 Bourke St remains a secret.

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Comments

  • Tony Bryer at 2:54pm on 06/05/11

    Melway first edition http://melwayed1.ausway.com/043.jpg shows this area as a mass of rail lines. My picture at http://www.flickr.com/photos/docklander/4871075477/in/photostream shows the stadium under construction Christmas 1998 and the area now being developed as part of the construction site - limited resolution unfortunately.

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