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Labor Government improving Melbourne’s unrivalled sporting precinct

Works have begun on the Batman Avenue Bridge – a new pedestrian gateway from the CBD to Melbourne Park,  Melbourne’s world-class sporting precinct.

Today, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined representatives from Fitzgerald Constructions Australia to turn the first sod on the project set to shave travel time from Flinders Street Station to Birrarung Marr to under 10 minutes.

The bridge will also provide a safer route for fans and stop crowds crossing Batman Avenue at road level, so that the thousands of spectators at our long list of events can arrive and return home safely.

The bridge will land in the heart of Melbourne Park – the home of the Australian Open – and provide direct access to Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Garden Square.

It’s part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $338 million Melbourne Park Stage 2 redevelopment, which will ensure that this Australian icon retains its status as one of the world’s leading sport and entertainment venues.

The redevelopment includes a major refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena and a new media building.

Melbourne Park hosts more than 200 events annually, while the Australian Open generates 1440 jobs each year. The Labor Government is making sure Victoria continues to host the biggest and best events all year round.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events, John Eren:

‘We’re getting on with the job of delivering this important project that will boost pedestrian safety and make our unrivalled sporting precinct even better.’

‘The Batman Avenue Bridge will allow spectators to flock from Flinders Street Station to the biggest and best events in under 10 minutes.’

‘Our title as the sporting capital doesn’t happen by chance. We have the best infrastructure in the world, and we want to keep improving the experience for fans.’

Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Employment, Jacinta Allan:

‘This major investment in Melbourne Park will create around 1300 jobs during construction alone – a massive win for Victorian workers and the economy.’