Media Releases 2012
Hats off to proposed Victoria Street gateway
07 June 2012
A gateway which draws inspiration from Vietnamese cultural icons is being proposed for Victoria Street.
Council is seeking community feedback on proposed design concepts for the gateway until 9 July 2012.
Yarra Mayor Cr Geoff Barbour said the gateway had the potential to become a prominent landmark for people visiting Victoria Street’s vibrant mix of culture, dining and retail.
“This gateway will stand at one of Melbourne’s busiest intersections, welcoming the thousands of visitors who come to Victoria Street each week to eat or shop,” Cr Barbour said.
“Victoria Street’s identity has come to be closely linked with Vietnamese and Chinese culture so I think we have a wonderful opportunity here to pay tribute to that influence and bring some more character to the street at the same time.”
Under the current designs, large Vietnamese hats would be suspended above the roadway just east of the Hoddle Street intersection.
A large structure that symbolises Vietnamese boat and bird forms would be illuminated at night to highlight the entry to Victoria Street’s restaurant precinct.
The brick abutments on the railway bridge on Victoria Street would display a Vietnamese Dong Son drum symbol and boat motif at street level. The rail bridge would also feature a bamboo graphic that would light up at night to provide another lighting element to the gateway.
Council and the Richmond Asian Business Association have initiated the gateway project to celebrate the area’s cultural identity.
The Federal and State governments have jointly committed almost $1.5 million towards the gateway’s construction, while Council has committed $500,000 in funding and in-kind support towards the gateway project.
More information and images of the design concepts are available at www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/consultation
For further information, please contact Toby Walker, Senior Communications Officer, on 9205 5120 or at Toby.Walker@yarracity.vic.gov.au
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