Name A Metro Rail StationVICTORIANS HAVE A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON MELBOURNE BY NAMING THE NEW METRO TUNNEL STATIONS.
Suggest a station name online or visit us at the Melbourne Writers Festival in Federation Square to submit an entry.
SUGGEST A STATION NAME
VICTORIANS HAVE A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON MELBOURNE BY NAMING THE METRO TUNNEL'S NEW UNDERGROUND RAIL STATIONS.
Make your mark on Melbourne If any of your suggestions become a final station name, you'll be in the running to win:
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Submissions close Sunday 22 October 2017.
The Victorian Government will make a decision on the five station names after considering a shortlist compiled by an Advisory Panel.
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Update | November 2017
The public competition to name the Melbourne Metro Tunnel railway stops has largely been decided on location, location, location.
The names of the five stations for the $11 billion project were revealed yesterday after a public vote, and there will be no Dustin Martin or Joan Kirner station.
The new stations were initially to be known as Parkville, Arden, CBD South, CBD North and Domain. Parkville will stay the same, but CBD South becomes Town Hall, CBD North becomes the State Library, and Domain, near the Shrine of Remembrance, will be called Anzac station.
North Melbourne is being renamed West Melbourne to better reflect its location - and so Arden station can be called North Melbourne instead.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the names reflected the city's history.
There were more than 50,000 entries submitted over eight weeks after the public was asked in August to come up with names for the five new stops.
Richmond fans had lobbied for Dustin Martin to have a station named after him while Victoria's first female premier, Joan Kirner, who died in 2015, had support.
There were plenty of tongue-incheek submissions too, including Vegemite and Shane Warne, and the Game of Thrones-inspired Winterfell, Stark and Tully.
More than 200 people from 50 countries, including the US, Iran, Myanmar and Colombia, had participated in the public process.
The government appointed a panel, with representatives of Aboriginal Victoria, Public Transport Users Association, Museums Victoria and the Youth Affairs Council, to stop the vote from being hijacked.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the government went with the '' common sense option"in choosing station names to simplify names for tourists and emergency services.
'' There were many humorous and interesting suggestions made by members of the Victorian community, it seems that Game of Thrones was more popular than we thought,'' the Premier said.
'' Station McStationface is probably not a great name for a station, but many people didn't necessarily agree with me.
'' But at the same time we have to remember that this is about how people move through the city, not just locals but tourists.
'' There are also some considerations around emergency services being able to clearly understand where they need to go and how to best get there.
'' People need to be able to find where they're going, make the connection between big landmarks and these stations, and that's why this commonsense approach is the best way to go.''
Overall, initial reaction to the station names appears to be positive, though some public transport users thought it could be confusing to rename North Melbourne as West Melbourne while using the North Melbourne name for Arden.
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