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Federation Square Open To Public From October 26

Visitors will be welcomed to Federation Square from Saturday October 26 when the public sections of the Square will be opened with a special indigenous ceremony, Major Projects Minister Peter Batchelor said today. Mr Batchelor said the special occasion would be a great day for Victoria, with visitors able to enjoy the spectacular architecture of Melbourne’s new Square. “Federation Square is one of Victoria’s major public assets, and the Government has always promised that the public would have access to the public sections as soon as they are ready,” he said. “In keeping with this promise we have scheduled a series of staged events on different parts of the Square, starting with a special indigenous ceremony on Saturday 26 October. “Visitors to the opening will be able to stroll around the expansive desert-toned plaza – a truly Australian reflection of the grand European piazzas. “Made from 470,000 of pieces of Kimberley sandstone, it affords views of Melbourne’s riverside and cityscape never seen before.” Mr Batchelor said the public could move through to the soaring north atrium where they would be able to go either to the National Gallery of Australia to view the special Indigenous galleries or walk next door to see the Deep Space and Pathways installations at the screen gallery in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. A tribute to the hundreds of people who built Federation Square will also feature on the big screen at the square. “Over the coming weeks and months there will be many reasons to return to enjoy the other attractions that the Square will offer, including 21 different restaurants, cafes and retail tenancies,” Mr Batchelor said. “These private commercial tenancies are still in various stages of fit-out and will open as and when their owners are ready. “And, in November alone, the Square will be a stunning backdrop to the Parade of Champions, Mercedes Fashion Week, the Screen Producers Association of Australia Conference and the NGV Australia’s Fieldwork exhibition.”