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Federation Square
Federation Square
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Federation Square

Melbourne Federation Square

Thursday, April 10, 2003
Want to know what the buzz is in Melbourne at the moment? And more so, do you want to take a peep inside?

Melbourne's Federation Square takes up an entire city block, took 5.5 years to build and cost $450 million. Love it or hate it, it's the country's biggest cultural undertaking since the Sydney Opera House and it has everyone talking.

Architect Peter Davidson's thoughts are that it is diversity of opinion which makes buildings work. He wanted people to be able to imagine the future, but Federation Square is not all about that; the past is there as well.

Melburnians rightly thought that the 53 lines of the Jolimont rail yards were a scar on the landscape and the Federation Square project has reduced that number to 12. Unattractive gas and fuel towers were also demolished. The project was funded by the City of Melbourne, the Commonwealth Government and the private sector.

Federation Square and the Civic Plaza link the CBD with the Yarra River and take up 3.6 hectares. Five hundred thousand Western Australian Kimberley sandstone cobbles have been used to pave the area, which is the size of the MCG playing surface.

The Ian Potter Centre is dedicated to Australian art. The ground floor has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works, the first floor historic and modern collections and the second has contemporary art and special exhibitions.

Icons of the Australia Trail houses works by Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, John Bracks and Emily Kam Kngwarray … paintings which depict the artists' impressions of the outback.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image exhibits important historical collections, some from very early cinema. Its four levels are dedicated to Australian and international screen content in all its forms: film, television, games, video, Internet and digital media.


Melbourne, the capital of Victoria.


Entry to the Australian Centre of the Moving Image and the Ian Potter Centre is free. They are closed on public holidays.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Federation Square
Flinders and Swanston Sts, Melbourne 3000
Ph: (03) 9639 2800
Fax: (03) 9663 3652

Ian Potter Centre
Ph: (03) 8662 1553 Fax: (03) 8662 1533

Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph: (03) 863 2200

Qantas: 13 13 13

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