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A section of the Moonee Ponds Creek trail adjacent to Docklands Studio Melbourne will be closed on 23 November 2020 to enable the construction of the new Sound Stage 6 project.

Trail users will be diverted to Pearl River Road via the path between Docklands Studios Melbourne and the O’Brien Icehouse. The trail will also be diverted near the Ron Barassi Senior Oval (see above map).

The diversion route has been determined in consultation with the Bicycle Network, City of Melbourne and, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and, Planning. Signage and road markings will be installed around the area to mark the alternate route.

In the long-term, Development Victoria will continue to work with the City of Melbourne to achieve the vision of their 2019 Moonee Ponds Creek Strategic Opportunities Plan which proposes a new pathway near the studios as part of a larger rejuvenation of the Moonee Ponds Creek.

The $46 million, 3,700sqm Sound Stage 6 will increase Docklands Studios Melbourne’s capacity by 60 per cent and help attract large scale international screen productions.

Sound Stage 6 will be one of the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and will complement the studio’s existing stages and facilities for smaller TV and film projects. In 2018-19 screen projects supported by the Victorian Government generated $251 million and supported more than 8,300 local jobs.

Construction of Sound Stage 6 will begin later this year and is expected to be completed by late 2021. The five existing sound stages will remain operational while the project is under way.