Open House Melbourne is one of several international Open House events in which the public is offered a rare opportunity to visit places that are not readily accessible to the public, and this year the Port of Melbourne joined the program.
The port opened doors to the general public on a series of free boat tours on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. Each 45-minute tour took 100 people past key facilities and featured a guided commentary from Port of Melbourne Corporation staff.
While the Open House concept has been steadily growing in Melbourne over the past six years, the 2012 event is the first time the Port of Melbourne has been involved and the public responded with great enthusiasm, filing every tour to capacity. More than 1300 people joined a tour over the two days of the Open House Melbourne event.
Port of Melbourne Corporation Chief Executive Officer Stephen Bradford said there is a real appetite for the public to learn more about their port, which is located close to the city centre.
“Open House Melbourne has established itself as a unique way for the community to connect and understand the contribution of the port to Melbourne’s past, present and future,’ Mr Bradford said.
“The Port of Melbourne is a city port and the Open House initiative presents a wonderful opportunity to show how the port has shaped both the geography and economy of the city, together with its ongoing role in our daily lives”.