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New Year brings new beginnings for Victoria Street
17 January 2014
A spectacular new Gateway welcoming visitors to Victoria Street in Richmond has been installed as the bustling retail and dining strip prepares for Lunar New Year.
The Victoria Street Gateway, located at the intersection of Victoria and Hoddle Streets, was installed overnight, just in time to for this Sunday’s Lunar Festival street party to usher in the Year of the Horse.
Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky said the 11.6 metre Gateway structure was a contemporary design inspired by symbols of boats and birds. Developed in consultation with the local community, the inspiring gateway recognises the cultural contribution of Asian migration to Melbourne and Victoria Street.
“Victoria Street’s history over the past 30 years has been largely shaped by the arrival of new residents from Asian nations, particularly Vietnam,” Cr Fristacky said.
“The Gateway pays tribute to the contributions those families and business owners have made in transforming the area into a thriving hub that offers a rich multicultural experience for visitors across Melbourne and beyond.
“Victoria Street is widely known as a diverse dining and shopping destination so it is wonderful to finally have a landmark that will welcome visitors to the street.
“The Gateway will be illuminated at night, adding unique character to one of Melbourne’s busiest thoroughfares.”
Additional works planned at the intersection in the coming weeks include large Vietnamese hats suspended above the road.
Artworks featuring a Vietnamese Dong Son drum symbol, boat motif and bamboo graphic will also appear on and underneath Victoria's Street's railway bridge.
Cr Fristacky said the contemporary designs created by Richmond firm, Gregory Burgess Architects had been developed during conversations with the local community about what symbols would best promote the cultural identity of the street.
The $3 million Victoria Street Gateway project is a joint initiative of Yarra Council and the Richmond Asian Business Association. It is also supported by Federal and State governments, who have committed a combined $1.5 million towards the Gateway's construction.
People hoping to get a closer look at the Gateway are encouraged to come along to the Victoria Street Lunar Festival this Sunday to celebrate the food, music and culture of Richmond’s Vietnamese community.
For further information, and to view a video featuring interviews with the Gateway's architectural designers and members of the Victoria Street business community, visit the Victoria Street Gateway Structure webpage.
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