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Melbourne Waterfront City

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Waterfront City is a $1 billion development on 19 hectares within Melbourne Docklands. It aims to be Melbourne's new urban quarter, with public spaces at water's edge, office accommodation, endless choices of places to eat, and retail outlets, all surrounded by the latest residential design. Fifty berths will allow people to pop in by boat to eat, shop or visit friends and just park their craft.

On completion, a grand piazza which will host up to 10,000 people will be featured. Designed to recreate the look and feel of Melbourne's avenues and hidden laneways, it will boast two enormous LED screens.

The Pavilion stands 28 metres high and 38 metres in diameter. The semi permanent structure provides a blank canvas for future event organisers and can seat 1000 people.

The thirty-eight storey Southern Star Observation Wheel will give views across Melbourne city, all the way to Geelong. The giant ferris wheel will have twenty-one enclosed capsules, designed purely for sightseeing.

Waterfront City will feature Australia's version of Hollywood's Walk of Stars, as well as an enormous mosaic mural and bronze statues.

Tributes to Australian entertainers on the Walk of Stars will be in the form of 100 plaques spread throughout Waterfront City. Each will outline names and achievements of individual artists.

The mosaic mural was created by David Jack, based on an original artwork by Jamie Cooper. It is 11 metres long and captures each of the entertainers in their heyday.

Five of Australia's top entertainers will be immortalised in bronze by renowned sculptor Peter Corlett. Dame Nellie Melba, Graham Kennedy, Dame Edna Everage, Kylie Minogue and John Farnham likenesses have been cast in bronze.

The area will be the venue for many events. From July 1 to October 1 The Leonardo da Vinci Machines Exhibition will display sixty-four models of da Vinci's famous machines, constructed by Florentine artisans and based on his famous codices. It is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Italy.


Melbourne's Docklands.

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