Southisland, Under Southgate Footbridge, Opens

PLANNING barrister Clem Newton-Brown has spent January working at Melbourne’s newest cafe, midway between the CBD and Southgate, on a podium over the Yarra River.

The Southisland Cafe – located under the Southgate footbridge – has taken over a year to get off the ground, so to speak, given objections, permits – and the engineering feat of hooking up a toilet, in the middle of a busy river, at the centre of a thriving metropolis.

Engineers were further delayed by the fact nobody was able to locate original construction drawings for the bridge.

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