A man-made city that once filled the skies above Melbourne’s Blue Harbour resort has been transformed into a maze of parking lots, shopping centres and other tourist attractions.
The Melbourne Cup is a series of annual sporting events that are held on the weekend of the AFL Grand Final and the NRL grand final.
Originally created in the 1980s, it was one of the biggest sporting events in Australia when it was first held in 1994.
But, with the advent of a city centre that is home to more than 40,000 people, the annual sporting event has become increasingly congested.
And the race for a bigger venue has not gone unnoticed by residents of the Blue Harbour Resort and Casino.
The city centre has been converted into a ‘man-made park’ and an ‘all-night entertainment centre’ with a population of more than 1.5 million.
It has been dubbed ‘the world’s most crowded city’ by some local residents, and the city council has said it could affect the health and safety of residents.
And there has been a backlash from the community, with many saying the park is a blight on the area.
The Blue Harbour city council said the new city centre would include more than 10,000 parking spaces and the entertainment centre would be set up alongside the casino.
But residents say the park will be more of a ‘slum’ than a ‘town centre’ and that the entertainment venue will be too small to accommodate all of the traffic.
The council’s chief executive Paul Dyson said the park would be suitable for events like the Melbourne Cup but not for other events.
He said the city’s planners were trying to accommodate the city centre as a whole.
“The city is about attracting new people, not creating new jobs, not driving away existing residents and not creating a blight,” he said.
“There’s a lot of positives for the city and we want to make sure that the city is a great place for people to live, work and play.”
Residents say the area has a population density of less than 10 per cent.
But Mr Dyson says the council is only proposing a 20 per cent increase in the area’s parking space.
“If you look at the surrounding area, you’ll see that’s actually a bit lower than that,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“That’s not an area that has the capacity for the number of events we’re proposing.”
It’s a great area, but it’s a little bit too small.
“Mr Dyson suggested the council was looking at reducing the number, if not the size, of events at the Blue Harbor resort.
He also said the resort was likely to be open from November until March.
The new city is also set to have an entertainment centre and shopping centre that will also be open to the public.
But a few residents have expressed concern about the potential impact on traffic.
One resident said the area would become a ‘black hole’ in a matter of weeks.”
This will take a lot out of the city,” he wrote in an email to ABC Radio.”
I have a large business and it’s the only area that I can access in the CBD and it won’t be able to accommodate events.
“Another resident said they were worried about the health impact of the new development on the local economy.”
They will add more congestion to the CBD, which will be a detriment to businesses in the surrounding suburbs,” he added.”
More traffic in and around the Blue Hill and other areas is likely to mean higher fuel costs for motorists.