Project Background

In 2018, the Victorian Government announced $13 million for the ‘Shrine to Sea’ project to create a boulevard connecting Domain Gardens to Port Phillip Bay along Albert and Kerferd roads. 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.

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.

Where is the project up to?

Our focus for 2021 is developing a draft masterplan for the Shrine to Sea project. This will be 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.

July 2021 update:

  • 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.

Previous project updates are available on the Shrine to Sea webpage.

Images of the project area

Please scroll through to view a selection of images from along the project area.