May 22, 2018 Last Updated 7:58 AM, May 18, 2018

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melbourne cityAusBNAusBN - Melbourne’s skyline will welcome a new skyscraper to its ranks - a six-star, 90-storey hotel and apartment complex, which will become Australia’s tallest building.

The AUS$1.75 billion development will be built by casino operator Crown Melbourne, featuring 388 hotel rooms and 708 residential apartments, located in close proximity to Crown Casino in Southbank.

Plans to redevelop the Queensbridge Square area and Sandbridge Rail Bridge are also part of the project and will begin in 12 months following planning approval from the Victorian government.

Other planned upgrades to the surrounding area include landscaping on Southbank Boulevard, a new bike strip, street furniture and more trees along Queensbridge Street.

"This is by far and away, at $1.75 billion in construction, the biggest development the city has ever seen, perhaps the biggest the nation has ever seen," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"What we're really approving is 4,000 jobs for construction workers and for those in the hospitality sector, in the construction phase and for the future.”

The skyscraper will stand at 323 metres high, just taller than Australia’s current tallest building – the 322.5 metre Q1 tower in Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland.

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