The Grand Prix is coming to Albert Park. Just got my ‘Local access only zone’ sticker for my car, so that I can come and go from my home in StKilda West/Middle Park. There are security guards at checkpoints, there’s about 5 entry/exit points in the perimeter, out of a grid of 40 streets I could drive in/out of.
Trams (free for GP patrons) will only run from the City centre to the Gates at the Lake, and the rest of the suburb will be serviced by buses.
Ammenities (including golf, aquatic centre) are closed for long periods, and Lake side drive and the park closed for many weeks.
Even the swans (thanks vax2000) leave the area and go across the bridge to avoid the noise and the fumes.
Protests by Save Albert Park were ignored. That a public space is used for private profit ( and profits to go to someone on the other side of the hemisphere) I find very sad.