After opening in 2008 for a period that rivals the Kardashian/Humphries marriage in brevity, before grinding to a halt and being dismantled due to “structural defects” (ie. big ol’ cracks) the continually delayed construction of the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has become something of a running sight gag in Melbs: since reconstruction finally began in 2011, continual delays have seen suggested openings pushed back by weeks, then months, then years, slowly eroding away at the public’s hope that the Wheel, and a potential reason for people to trek out to the Docklands entertainment precinct, would ever be finished.
However, a press release published on the Melbourne Star website today states: “The new Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has confirmed it will open in late December, 2013.”
The release also quotes Melbourne Star Management Group CEO Chris Kelly as saying “We are working to the earliest possible opening date… We are now well into the commissioning process, which is the final stage before opening, but some activities do remain weather dependent.
“The message at the moment is ‘watch this space’.”
An interesting choice of words, because Melburnians have been “watching the space” that was supposed to be filled with “the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel” every time they’ve crossed the Bolte Bridge since 2008.