The Shrine to Sea project will create a boulevard connecting the Domain Gardens to Port Phillip Bay via Albert and Kerferd Roads. The Victorian Government announced $13 million for this project's delivery as part of the 2017/18 state budget.

The project will enhance the existing greenery and open spaces, improve the safety and experience for people walking and bike riding through this part of Melbourne and help bring the local history, stories and culture to life for resident and visitors.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) became the lead agency for this project in late 2019 and is working in partnership with the City of Port Phillip, the Department of Transport, and Parks Victoria to deliver the project.

The project is located in the City of Port Phillip and includes South Melbourne and Albert Park's suburbs. The project area covers a range of public landowners and managers, residents, businesses, schools and community groups.

Shrine to Sea objectives

The following objectives have been set as part of the state government’s commitment towards a new boulevard for Melbourne:

  • Celebrating local stories
  • Enhanced green boulevard
  • Safer and clearer links and connections for walking and cycling
  • Improved usable open space

Our focus for 2021 is developing a masterplan for the Shrine to Sea project. A draft is currently being prepared with input from our project partners, Traditional Owners, technical specialists, the community panel, other community engagement feedback and stakeholder meetings. A draft will be available for public comment in late 2021.

Once the masterplan is finalised and approved, detailed design, planning approvals and project delivery will begin. We anticipate the project will be completed by 2023.

Project updates

  • The 26 Community Panel has met three times now including two full day workshops. At the most recent workshop on Saturday 22 May 2021, the panel had the opportunity to hear from experts in their field and discuss ideas with a variety of technical specialists on the four project objectives: Celebrating Local Stories, Green Boulevard, Links and Connections and Usable Open Space;
  • We have a series of Listening Sessions scheduled for June 2021. These sessions are specifically designed to give directly impacted residents and businesses the opportunity to hear from the Shrine to Sea team and ask questions about the project;
  • Planning has commenced to undertake more engagement with the broader community in the second half of 2021. This will involve the testing of various planning options and proposals with the community to inform the draft masterplan;
  • We have been progressing our work with the Traditional Owners of the land. While there is no recognised Registered Aboriginal Party for the Shrine to Sea area, we have conducted three separate site walks with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, the Boon Wurrung Foundation and the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, all of whom we recognise as having shared interest in the area. This approach allows each group to share their stories and their views on the project. This feedback and our ongoing engagement will be used to inform the Thematic History and Aboriginal Cultural Values Report which Context heritage consultants are currently preparing as part of our response to the Celebrating Local Stories objective;
  • We have been working closely with the Department of Transport on a Movement and Place assessment. The Movement and Place assessment seeks to understand how the transport network is currently performing, identify gaps in performance, and consider future needs to support our growing population with place specific integrated transport options;
  • We are working with the City of Port Phillip and Melbourne University on a passive irrigation trial to look at ways to capture stormwater and direct it to irrigate existing trees and future plantings along the boulevard. This process helps increase the health and growth of the trees and reduces the stormwater runoff in the area. Passive irrigation can also help filter some pollutants through the soil. We are currently in the detailed design phase of the system which includes better understanding the soil structure and water infiltration capacity. You may have noticed sample holes dug in our trial areas as part of this work;
  • We are in the process of synthesising much of the information gathered to date through technical reports, site visits and analysis, and stakeholder and community engagement feedback into a comprehensive ‘Opportunities and Constraints’ document. This document looks at the site as a whole and identifies opportunities and constraints at more local scales in recognition of how the character of the roads, architecture and landscape changes along Albert and Kerferd Roads.
  • We have established a Community Panel of 27 representatives who will come together for 2 meetings and 4 workshops over the course of the year. We received 209 expressions of interest and deployed a rigorous selection process which focussed on diversity and inclusion. The panel will work as an advisory panel which will feed into the development of the masterplan. The first meeting was held on Wednesday 17 March 2021;
  • In February 2021 we conducted a series of Public Life Study focus walks which involved five individuals from the local community walk the project site one on one with a DELWP project team member. Our objective was to investigate the physical and social elements of a place;
  • The first round of broad community consultation was conducted in October 2020 – November 2020 which provided us with valuable insights into how people use the project area and what they would like to see happen to improve their enjoyment of the area.  View the Community Engagement Summary Report for this online consultation;
  • We are continuing to have conducted a number of one-on-one stakeholder meetings with diverse interests and points of view, discussing issues including, but not limited to, education, cycling, heritage, horticulture, transport, and we are engaging with multicultural communities, older person’s groups and other interest groups;
  • We are continuing to work closely with the traditional owners of the land to ensure they help shape the project;
  • We are continuing to gather historical and heritage information to better understand pre and post colonisation values and narratives;
  • We are continuing our work with the City of Port Phillip and Melbourne University on a passive irrigation trial to look for ways to improve and sustain the health of the boulevard vegetation.
  • The first round of broad community consultation was conducted in October 2020 – November 2020 which provided us with valuable insights into how people use the project area and what they would like to see happen to improve their enjoyment of the area. We were pleased to have received hundreds of comments and we are currently working on reporting back to the community with our findings.  A summary will be posted on this webpage and publicly available in early 2021;
  • We have conducted a number of one-on-one stakeholder meetings with diverse interests and points of view, discussing issues including, but not limited to, education, cycling, heritage, horticulture, transport, and we are engaging with multicultural communities, older person’s groups and other interest groups;
  • We have established relationships with the traditional owners of the land to ensure they help shape the project early in the process;
  • We are gathering historical and heritage information to better understand pre and post colonisation values and narratives;
  • We are partnering with the City of Port Phillip and Melbourne University to conduct a passive irrigation trial to look for ways to improve and sustain the health of the boulevard vegetation;
  • We are currently establishing a Community Panel, due to commence in March 2021.

Project location

The Shrine to Sea project area is highlighted in red and connects Domain Gardens to Port Phillip Bay along Albert and Kerferd roads.

Map of Albert Park with highlighted area signifying project location

Community involvement

Parks Victoria led the initial community engagement process between September and November 2018 to inform the project aims and scope. You can read more about that Parks Victoria’s Engagement Findings Report found in the Related Documents section below.

Since DELWP became the lead agency in late 2019, we have been further developing the engagement program to ensure we are connecting with a wide range of stakeholders to understand the different issues, needs and opportunities, recognising the changing urban character and challenges along the route.

We have started engaging with residents, visitors, businesses, schools, agencies and local interest groups throughout the planning process to ensure all voices are heard.

Further to the online consultation which was conducted between October 2020 and November 2020 and the establishment of a Community Panel, we will be creating several other opportunities for you to share your views as the project progresses. Be sure to check this page regularly as we will be updating it as future opportunities become available.

Related documents

Contact us

If you have any questions or to find out more about the project, please contact us.

Email: shrine.to.sea@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 09/06/21