Waterfront: Commuter Afloat

As our city stretches and our population grows, the commuter experience has become a dreaded, sometimes isolating struggle. New approaches to moving us around our city are needed and water-based transit could offer one alternative. Join us for an on board conversation about where the water in Melbourne can take us as we travel to Jacks Magazine on the Maribyrnong for the Jack’s Reloaded: Material as Memory exhibition. Tickets will include boat transportation from Melbourne CBD to Jack’s Magazine, entry to Jack’s Magazine to view the exhibition, and return trip to the Melbourne CBD.

Speakers are:

Clem Newton-Brown 
Whitemark Property and Planning
Lawyer and planning consultant with decades of involvement in the Yarra River.Over 25 years ago he started the first water taxi on the Yarra and this business expanded into barbecue boats, floating marquees, Herring Island events and Ponyfish Island cafe. Clem established and served as the first President of the Yarra River Association.
Victoria Chantra
Principal Environmental Consultant, AECOM
Victoria is an Principal Environmental Consultant at AECOM in Melbourne.  She has worked across the Asia-Pacific Region focussing on delivering city resilience, climate change adaptation and urban nature-based solutions. As a social and environmental scientist, she is acutely interested in the interactions between people and nature and the many challenges this presents for cities in the 21st Century. 

Jack’s Reloaded: Material as Memory sees Jack’s Magazine opens its doors for a unique site specific exhibition of moving image, sound and installation works. Artists examine and extrapolate Victoria’s cultural narratives through an analysis of the material history of basalt within the framework of deep time. For exhibition details head here.

Photo: courtesy of Melbourne River Cruises

Waterfront is presented by Open House Melbourne as part of Melbourne Design Week—an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV. 

Important Details


Meet at Federation Wharf: 15-19 Princes Walk Melbourne, VIC 3004 Australia

Time & Date

Access Requirements: Passengers must be able to manage stairs to board and disembark the vessel on their own or be assisted by their carers only as boat staff are not permitted to assist (by carrying any passengers for boarding).

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