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Northbank project announced

27 Sep 2011

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Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Planning Minister Matthew Guy last month announced more bicycle connectivity for Docklands with a further piece of the incomplete puzzle around the Crowne Plaza building on Northbank.

The pair said there was $2.8 million available for Crowne Plaza Promenade and that a pedestrian and cycle bridge under Sir Charles Grimes Bridge would be next.

“This section of the redevelopment will improve the Northbank Promenade by providing better access for pedestrians and cyclists from Spencer Street and widening the existing walkway around the Crowne Plaza,” Mr Guy said.

“The Victorian Government and City of Melbourne acknowledge the significance of the riverfront to the city and the Northbank Promenade project builds on this unique asset.”

The Crowne Plaza Promenade will connect to the World Trade Centre Promenade, which includes floating pontoons and berthing facilities.

Cr Doyle said the City of Melbourne was delighted to be in partnership with the Planning Minister to improve one of the neglected jewels of Melbourne, Northbank.

“We understand the success of Southbank, Docklands is progressing extremely well and now it’s time to turn our attention to Northbank,” Cr Doyle said.

“There is great potential in Northbank: the Banana Alley Vaults, bicycle tracks, even using space under the Charles Grimes Bridge.”

Mr Guy said Northbank was recognised as a hub for business, commercial and community activities and these works were part of the $18 million commitment from the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne to continue the redevelopment of this part of Melbourne.

The Crowne Plaza Promenade will further enhance the amenity and accessibility of the area, providing a link from Docklands to the city centre, and then to Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River.

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