Media Releases 2012

Council opens the gate for Victoria Street’s grand entrance

22 August 2012

Victoria Street Gateway Night ViewThe Victoria Street Gateway project is one step closer to being built after Council last night unanimously endorsed design concepts for the gateway.

The approved concepts provide for an entrance structure and associated lighting and design elements at the intersection of Victoria and Hoddle Streets, Richmond.

The design elements are inspired by Vietnamese and Chinese cultural and historical imagery.

Cultural symbols incorporated into the designs include light shades based on the Non La (a popular Vietnamese hat), Dong Son drum and ancient boat motifs which will be displayed on walls under the rail bridge, and tigers and bamboo graphics illuminated in a light box attached to the bridge itself.

Yarra Mayor Cr Geoff Barbour said in the coming days Council would apply for a planning permit to undertake the gateway works.

Council is expected to begin calling for comments on the permit application in the next week or so, with people to be given 28 days to make a submission.

If Council decides to issue a permit, construction is expected get underway early next year.

“This gateway will be a proud symbol of the cultural and economic contribution made to our community by Asian businesses and residents,” Cr Barbour said.

“We think it will help reinvigorate Victoria Street by creating an element of interest to tourists as well as to our local community,” he said.

Cr Barbour said Council had committed $500,000 in funding and in-kind support towards the gateway project. The project is supported by the Federal and State governments, which have committed a combined $1.5 million towards the gateway's construction.

At its meeting last night, Council also resolved to begin developing designs for stage two of the project which will involve streetscape improvements along Victoria Street, between the railway bridge and Church Street.

Further information
Toby Walker
Senior Communications Officer
9205 5120


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