World heritage listing will be sought for Melbourne's Queen
Victoria Market following a massive renewal and extension of
the famed site that could cost up to $250 million.
The Victorian government is giving the City of Melbourne land
next to the market for it to partly develop and sell, with
funds to be reinvested in the 135-year-old market.
Proposed upgrades could include new open public spaces, event
spaces, underground car parking and pedestrian access.
The works are also expected to create some 9,000 new jobs at
Premier Denis Napthine says the development will enable the
market to expand and cater for growing visitors, which are
expected to reach 17 million a year by 2031.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says the cost of the project could
reach $250 million depending on the scope of the works
decided on following community consultation.
Mr Doyle says the traders have told him investment is needed
or the market will wither.
He says the council will seek UNESCO World Heritage listing
for the site, joining the city's iconic Royal Exhibition
Building on the list.
This would offer great reassurance to people eager to
remember the market's history, he says.