Southern Star to rise again

Docklands’ Southern Star Observation Wheel is on its way to returning to its former, albeit short-lived, glory.

Although still not willing to predict a completion date, a wheel spokesperson said all the new steel had been delivered and production of the structure was underway
at two workshops in Melbourne and another in Tasmania.

“Rolling of pipe that will form the outer rim of the wheel has commenced and the machining of the joints is underway,” the spokesperson said.

About 3 kms of LED light fittings have also arrived in Melbourne.

It has also been confirmed that advertising and branding agency HBT has been employed by Southern Star.

Most of the wheel is being completely rebuilt with new materials and a new configuration. Only the columns, hub and wheel building are being retained. However it will still be a seven-pointed federation star.

The $100 million wheel stopped operating in January last year when crack were found in its supporting members.

The rectifications works are being carried out under warranty by Sanoyas Hishino Meisho.

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