Melbourne, Australia — Melbourne is going to have its “dream” for a new Great Wall.
The city is hosting a public meeting Monday to discuss plans for a “multi-use” wall on the city’s west coast.
It will be the first time in more than 50 years that the Great Wall has been built.
Melbournians are divided over whether it’s a good idea to build a wall on their own.
But many agree the idea is worth the risk.
There’s no guarantee that it will be a success, but the idea of a barrier that’s taller than the city itself, while having a different appearance, will be attractive to many, said city councillor Tom Sneddon.
“This is a unique opportunity, and the best part of it is we’re only going to be able to build this once.
We’re going to need a really good engineering team to come up with something that will make it happen,” he said.
A wall on a beach, with people standing on the edge.
This idea, if built, could have a profound impact on Melbourne’s cityscape, said Melbourne architect John Lydon.
He said it could also be a way to make the city more appealing to foreign tourists and businesses, such as the proposed Disney theme park.
If the idea turns out to be a failure, Lydons fears that Melbourne will look more like an island.
More than 50 people are expected to attend the meeting, and Lydson is hopeful the project can be built in the next five years.
Sneddon said the idea has been discussed for years, but is only now that it has become feasible.
MOST POPULAR STORIES: “The idea of building a barrier taller than city limits, on a land that’s still largely undeveloped, could be a very interesting one to have a conversation about,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“We have to remember that this is a massive undertaking.
And there’s a huge amount of work that’s going to still have to be done, so I don’t see this as a one-off project.
I’m sure this will happen in a very short period of time.
Lydons’ company, Ketchum Architects, is proposing a six-metre tall “wall of ice” at the site of the proposed Disneyland Resort.
His company has also proposed building an “iron fence” around the Great Barrier Reef to protect it.
Another idea for a barrier is the Great South Waterway Barrier Reef National Park in Queensland.
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