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 latest round of community consultation has been launched via the Engage Victoria website and will remain open until Sunday 17 October 2021. Click here to read about the planning to date, what we've heard from the community, and share your thoughts via a survey.
  • There’s no question the past 18 months have been challenging, and delivering on projects such as Shrine to Sea has required resilience and flexibility. A number of cumulative impacts and changes to intersecting projects have affected the project’s timeline. The inability to meet face-to-face has caused the delay of our third Community Panel workshop and plans for broader community engagement. Our engagement program is key to the success of the project so these delays will impact the delivery of the draft masterplan. However, our project team is busy adapting to these challenges and looking for ways to minimise the impact of the delays.
  • Since the inception of the Shrine to Sea project, DELWP has partnered with the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land in the project area. Prior to 1 July 2021, the area had “shared interest land status” with three groups declaring they had shared interest in the area: Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, the Boon Wurrung Foundation and the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation. The Shrine to Sea project team conducted site walks and meetings with all three groups with a view to understanding their interests, connections to country and opportunities within the project.
    On 1 July 2021, the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council (VAHC), which registers Aboriginal parties (RAPs) under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, announced variations to its registration boundaries. The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation’s RAP status boundary now takes in the entire Shrine to Sea project area. This includes changes in many local government areas, including the City of Port Phillip. More information about this decision can be found here on the Aboriginal Heritage Council Victoria website.
    In line with the VAHC’s decision, we will continue to work with Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation in relation to this project as they have been recognised as having exclusive rights to speak for their Country.
  • We will re-engage with the community in the second half of 2021 via Engage Victoria - the online consultation platform. This will involve gathering community sentiment on various planning options and proposals to inform the draft masterplan.
  • If you would like to join our mailing list to keep up to date with project developments, please email shrine.to.sea@delwp.vic.gov.au.
  • 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

View and contribute to our current round of community consultation

Please click here to be redirected to our latest round of online public consultation, Shrine to Sea - join us for the next steps. You can read about the planning to date, what we’ve heard from the community, and to share your thoughts.

This consultation will be open from Monday 27 September 2021 to Sunday 17 October 2021.

To support this round of engagement, DELWP’s Shrine to Sea project team and technical experts will be on hand at two webinars to discuss the plans for the project and answer any questions. Please join the team at one of the following webinars:

Webinar #1 – Monday 4 October 2021 at 6pm
Click here to register now.

Webinar #2 – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 10am
Click here to register now. 


Engagement background

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 are continuing to engage with residents, visitors, businesses, schools, agencies and local interest groups throughout the planning process to ensure all voices are heard.

Be sure to check this page regularly as we will be updating it as future opportunities for engagement 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: 27/09/21