Docklands residents prepare for new public events
Residents of Melbourne's Docklands area are set to receive a fresh injection of local culture, thanks to a new initiative set to get underway this weekend (April 7).
Every Saturday until September, Docklands will play host to Melbourne's biggest flea market, which makes use of the area's local flair.
For example, shipping containers have been refurbished into chic places to display public art created by local residents, or eateries where visitors can grab a bite to eat until 21:00 local time.
Kevin Louey, chair of the Docklands Co-ordination Committee, asserted that the markets - as well as the upcoming AFL season at Etihad Statium - will draw locals and visitors to the area.
He said: "The Melbourne Flea is a creative use of public space, transforming an open area into a vibrant market that attracts local residents, workers and visitors."
Over the long-term, he said this type of public event will boost the appeal of Docklands in the eyes of people thinking about buying or renting residential property.
"As we move into the second decade of Docklands,more partnerships like this will spring up, making our waterfront suburb a place where people want to live, meet and play," he said.