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8 SEPTEMBER 2004, ELIZABETH STREET, MELBOURNE

I came across this contruction worker (a concreter based upon the label on his shirt) sitting on a low retaining wall having a break. To me, he is iconic of the obsession Melbourne currently has with building new structures.

My cousin from Adelaide once remarked upon her first visit to Melbourne this year that this city was soooo ugly because of all the nasty construction cranes and half-finished structures dotting the skyline. As a Melburnian I took offence but it's incredible just how many new buildings are going up or being refurbished:

The General Post Office has been converted into retail and apartments, the Queen Victoria Hospital has become a retail/apartment complex, the Eureka Tower is slowly nearing completion (and will be the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere) the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground is being revamped for the Commonwealth Games, Spencer Street Railway Station has been torn down and rebuilt, Docklands is well on its way to becoming a playground of apartment towers... this is only recounting 2004 and the central business district alone. The amount of construction is mindboggling when you factor in the last five years and the amount of urban sprawl that has appeared on the city's fringe.

Must be an exciting time to be a builder...

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105mm ; EBX at ISO100

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Additional Photos by Mike King (MKING) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 475 W: 52 N: 613] (3054)
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