The construction of the Main Outfall Sewer in the 1890s played a pivotal role in shaping the lives of Melburnians. Until this time “Smellbourne” was a city of stagnant drains and cesspits. The Main Outfall Sewer was designed to respond to Melbourne’s geography, climate and lifestyle and its construction had a significant impact on the city’s liveability. After 120 years, the decommissioned sewer is once again shaping the lives of Melburnians by responding to new public health challenges including obesity, heart disease, the urban heat effect and social isolation, along with mitigating the threats of climate change.
This 60-minute tour will explore the history of the site and discuss how redesigning the sewer is helping to improve the lives of a new generation of Melburnians.
Not wheelchair accessible. Park bus will depart near the end of Lukis avenue.