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Premier: Launch Of Federation Square A Great Day For Victoria

The Premier, Steve Bracks, today welcomed Victorians to Federation Square, describing it as a great day for Victoria. Opening the Square and sections of the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Mr Bracks said Federation Square would be a marvellous landmark for the State. “This is a wonderful day – for Melbourne, for Victoria and the nation,” Mr Bracks said. “From today, Victorians will be able to experience for themselves the scale and remarkable architecture of the Square. “This is our first chance to explore our new Square and there is so much to admire – from the sheer scale of this landmark, to the surprising smaller spaces, the magnificent Atrium and the vibrant Kimberly sandstone.” The Premier said there would be many reasons to re-visit Federation Square in the coming months. “Today is the start of a series of events that will take place at the Square in the lead up to Christmas and early into the New Year,” he said. “Over coming weeks and months, there will be plenty of reasons for Victorians and visitors to return to the Square and enjoy new attractions, new restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and new exhibitions. “In November alone, the Square will be the stunning backdrop and home of the Melbourne Cup Parade of Champions, the Mercedes International Fashion Week, and the Screen Producers Association of Australia Conference. “And in late November, NGV Australia will fully open to the public including the spectacular exhibition Fieldwork.” Mr Bracks urged all Victorians to visit Federation Square and make up their own minds about the Square’s unique architecture. “This space will change the shape of Melbourne forever, making us truly a riverside city,” he said. The Premier also thanked the Federation Square Management Company and the thousands of workers and hundreds of companies who had contributed to the completion of Victoria’s newest icon. “An enormous effort over many years has gone in to opening the Square to the public today and on behalf of all Victorians I would like to publicly thank all those who have helped to make this day a reality,” he said.