Prioritizing Docklands Activation Ideas

In an effort to revitalize Docklands and increase visitation, new events taking place in the area will be prioritized during the selection process for City Activation Grants.

The $5million City Revitalization Events Support Scheme (CRESP) was announced on August 8 as part of the Melbourne City Labor Government’s $200million Melbourne City Revitalization Fund and Andrews.

CRESP will also provide funding to organizers of successful events to support them in their efforts to make Melbourne the event capital it has always been known for.

“Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, and we are delighted to add events to our calendar to fill our streets and lanes with people, color and vibrancy,” Mayor Sally Capp said.

“We know the events are driving Melbourne’s recovery – drawing millions of people to the city to shop, dine and explore, giving our city businesses a much-needed boost.”

For those wishing to make their ideas heard for the revitalization of Docklands in 2023, CRESP is calling for all applications to be submitted by 5 p.m. on September 5.

Until then, Docklands can expect the launch of two of the 18 winners of the city’s latest round of activation grants for the second half of the year, which will take place in the local area.

The latest round is part of the City of Melbourne’s $100million joint stimulus fund between the City of Melbourne and the Victorian government.

To celebrate the start of spring, Floral by the Docklands and Bike Valet will transform the waterfront into a floral paradise with street art installations and encourage people to cycle.

Already slated for the first three Saturdays and Sundays in September, Bike Valet is being launched by the Bicycle Network, in partnership with the Docklands Chamber of Commerce as part of the Docklands Dollars scheme.

The service will work by providing a free bike valet service to everyone cycling in Docklands in the district, and will allow them to receive cashback of up to $25 to spend in the Docklands district.

“We want to show Melburnians that bicycles are an easy and fun way to get around the city,” said Bicycle Network CEO Alison McCormack.

“Bikes have the power to make our cities more sustainable, our roads less congested and our communities healthier. But the first step is for people to try out the bikes. That’s what the Docklands Dollars Scheme is for.

“Not only will Melburnians have a fun day on their bikes, they will receive generous rewards for it.”

Attendees who want to get involved can ride their bikes directly to Melbourne Star at 101 Waterfront Way on selected days when the event is taking place, then continue to enjoy a great day riding around Docklands. •

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