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Conversations Merri-bek website

Some current projects can be found on the Conversations Merri-bek website. This is where our online community can join the conversation about the important matters shaping our city.

However there are a few projects that still sit on this website. The ongoing projects on this page were either in place before we began using the Conversations Merri-bek website, or they are projects that don't require community input at this time.

If you have questions about any of these projects you can email info@merri-bek.vic.gov.au or call us on 9240 1111.

Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West

  • We are refurbishing the existing public toilets in Dunstan Reserve to make them safe, accessible, clean, and environmentally sustainable. The refurbished facility will be open daily from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week. It will be controlled by a powered, automatic locking system.

    Works are scheduled to start in April 2023 and finish in June 2023.

  • We are refurbishing the existing public toilets in Kirkdale Park to make them safe, accessible, clean, and environmentally sustainable. The refurbished facility will be open daily from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week. It will be controlled by a powered, automatic locking system.

    Works are scheduled to start in April 2023 and finish in June 2023.

  • Moreland City Council has been an active participant in the Chain of Ponds Collaboration since its inception in 2017.
    A key priority area for the group is to improve the 'missing link' between Albion and Merri-bek Roads where access and amenity along the creek is poor.

    The Collaboration received funding from the Victorian Government Boosting Recreational Use of Waterways Initiative in 2018 to assist this project. Through a process of co-design, a concept plan was developed for the site.

    Delivery of this concept is now underway through implementation of a number of key elements in the design.

    Learn more about the Reimaging Moonee Ponds Creek.

  • Current phase: Design and engagement

    33 Saxon Street is in the heart of Brunswick, and is part of the Civic and Cultural Precinct and the Brunswick Design District. The site includes a large old school building, a heritage house, and public open space. We purchased the site in 2010. The site is well known and loved as Siteworks and Blak Dot Gallery, which have operated since 2016.

    This site was originally a school. Minor works have been completed, but in its current form it is not fit for purpose and it would be difficult to accommodate all the uses we have endorsed within the current built form. Redevelopment, with the retention of Sherwood House, rather than renovation or minor works, was the option most supported in the community consultation.

    The redevelopment of 33 Saxon Street is a landmark project that will be a well-designed, socially inclusive community asset in the heart of Brunswick. It will support a variety of community, creative and commercial uses, and respond to the needs of our growing community.

    It will continue to be a welcoming, socially inclusive space that celebrates Merri-bek’s diversity, creativity and distinct culture. The redevelopment will expand on-site green open space for community and creative activities and help to improve health, well being and community connection. It will also provide improved connection and access between the site and Brunswick Baths.

    In 2017, we endorsed a Strategic Framework for the site to assist decision making on the future use and development of the site. The Strategic Framework sets out our principles and priorities for the facility and is the foundation for how the site will be used beyond 2021. In June 2018 we endorsed the potential uses, services and features to be included in the Saxon Street multi-use community facility. These potential uses were included in the design brief for the development of the concept plans and full detail can be viewed in the 13 June 2018 Council Report in the documents section

    Creative and Community Facility site redevelopment documents:

    Further information

    To find out more about this project visit moreland.vic.gov.au/33saxon

    Questions and comments can be emailed to 33saxonstreet@moreland.vic.gov.au or call us on 9240 2221

  • Current phase: Planning

    We plan to construct and install 4 new accessible female friendly change rooms and amenities, referee change facilities and a compliant first aid room at Sumner Park. We plan for the new additions to meet minimum DDA requirements and Football Victoria's minimum facility standards. This project will create an inclusive and comfortable environment for players and referees to prepare for games.

    Where this project is up to

    The proposed design for the new accessible female friendly change rooms and amenities have been finalised. We are currently engaging the community on these designs. 

    Review the designs and provide feedback 

  • Current phase: Construction

    One part of our transport response to COVID-19 has been to seek approval to introduce right hand turn bans at key intersections along Sydney Road, Lygon Street and Nicholson Street. These were sought generally during peak times only.

    These turn bans will improve pedestrian and cyclist safety by reducing conflict with turning vehicles and will also reduce delay to trams and other traffic. These changes may mean you will need to take a slightly different route when travelling in peak times and this may result in some increases to your travel time.

    Where this project is up to

    These changes have been approved by the Department of Transport and right-hand turns are banned in the following locations, effective as soon as ‘No Right Turns’ signs are installed.

    Sydney Road intersections:

    • Eastbound direction at Union Street intersection from 4pm to 6pm.
    • Northbound direction at Barkly Street intersection from 4pm to 6pm.

    Lygon Street intersections:

    • Southbound and northbound directions at Albert Street intersection. Southbound from 4pm to 6pm, and northbound from 4pm to 6pm.
    • Southbound and northbound directions at Edward Street intersection. Southbound from 7am to 9am, and northbound from 4pm to 6pm.
    • Southbound and northbound directions at Barkly Street intersection. Southbound from 7am to 9am, and northbound from 4pm to 6pm.

    Nicholson Street intersections:

    • Southbound direction at Victoria Street intersection from 7am to 9am.
    • Southbound direction at Albert Street intersection from 7am to 9am.
  • Current phase: planning

    This project is for the construction of two new additional tennis synthetic courts with associated lighting and fencing at West Brunswick Tennis Club.

    The works include:

    • the construction of two new tennis courts with sand-filled artificial grass surfaces on heavy-duty concrete bases, the installation of a 6-luminaire low level LED lighting system on each court, and drainage works
    • the replacement of fencing and the pedestrian gate on Victoria Street
    • the construction of a hitting wall with a concrete apron
    • the construction of concrete paths and wheelchair accessible ramps
    • connecting the court lighting wiring to the 'Book a Court' system
    • the installation of tree root barriers
    • the installation of a BBQ, a bicycle rack and storage for rubbish bins
    • the construction of a vehicle driveway next to the pedestrian gate at the clubhouse 

    Where this project is up to

    Construction works are proposed to commence in March 2022 and this project is anticipated to be completed in June 2022.

Coburg and Coburg North

  • Current phase: Tendering

    In 2021 we will be reconstructing Balloan Street, Coburg.

    We undertook consultation with residents in March 2020 and the design was completed in April 2020. The budget for this project is $527,625.

    Where this project is up to

    The project is in the tender phase, with construction works set to commence in February 2021 and finish in May 2021.

    The works include:

    • The construction of a new underground drainage system and pits
    • Reconstructing the existing bluestone kerb and channel.
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement.
    • Laying a new asphalt road surface.
    • The reconstruction of vehicle crossings between the new kerb and footpath edge.
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.
  • Current Phase: Construction

    In 2021/2022 we will be reconstructing Budds Street, Coburg.

    We undertook consultation with residents in November 2020 and the design was completed in February 2021.

    The Budget for this project is $756,000.

    Where this project is up to

    The project is in the construction phase, with works commencing in August 2021 and programmed to be completed in December 2021.

    The works include:

    • The construction of new underground drainage system and pits.
    • Reconstructing the existing bluestone kerb and channel on the east site and concrete kerb and channel on the west site.
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement.
    • Laying a new asphalt road surface.
    • The reconstruction of vehicle crossings.
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.
  • Current phase: Community consultation

    We are completing the final portion of the City Oval Landscaping improvements.  The earlier stages of these works started in 2015.  Council endorsed the Precinct Master Plan for City Oval in 2014, with community consultation in late 2014. 

    These works were previously paused until after the completion of the recent grandstand works.

    What’s included in the designs?

    • New ramps, stairs and paths
    • Extended wheelchair access to and from the eastern end of the new grandstand concourse
    • New wheelchair access to the DDA-compliant toilet cubicle
    • Access to elevated seating areas
    • Community access to existing DDA-compliant toilet for daytime use
    • A pedestrian gate from Bridges Reserve
    • More garden beds and tree planting for shade

    Download the City Oval Stage 4 Landscaping: Draft Concept Plan

    Where this project is up to

    We are preparing for detailed design following the completion of the community consultation, between Mar – June 2023.
    Construction period Jul – Oct 2023.

    Further information

    Please contact: openspace@merri-bek.vic.gov.au or call 9240 1111

  • In December 2021, following extensive community consultation and high levels of community support, Council decided to sell land on Bell Street, Coburg to Coburg Health Hub Pty Ltd for the purposes of developing a health and community services precinct. 

    Learn more about the Coburg health and community services precinct.

  • Current phase: Tendering

    In 2021 we will be reconstructing Craigrossie Avenue between Strathearn Avenue and Wattle Grove, and Wattle Grove between Strathearn Avenue and Shaftsbury Street in Coburg.

    We undertook consultation with residents in March 2020 and the design was completed in May 2020. The budget for this project is $1,590,380,000.

    Where this project is up to

    This project is in the tender phase, with construction works set to commence in October 2020 and programmed for completion in June 2021.

    The works include:

    • The construction of a new underground drainage system and pits.
    • Reconstructing the existing bluestone kerb and channel.
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement.
    • Laying a new asphalt road surface.
    • The reconstruction of vehicle crossings between the new kerb and footpath edge.
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.
  • Current Phase: Tendering

    In 2021/2022 we will be reconstructing De Carle Street, Coburg between Rennie Street and The Avenue.

    We undertook consultation with residents in March 2021.

    The Budget for this project is $895,780.

    Where this project is up to

    The project is in the tender phase, with construction works set to commence in November 2021 and programmed for completion in May 2022.

    The works include:

    • The construction of new underground drainage system and pits.
    • Reconstructing the existing bluestone kerb and channel.
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement.
    • Laying a new asphalt road surface.
    • Constructing separated cycling lanes.
    • The reconstruction of vehicle crossings between the new kerb and footpath edge.
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.
  • Current phase: Planning

    Our Asset Management plan has highlighted that De Carle Street in Coburg needs reconstruction between Rennie Street and The Avenue. Following the Merri-bek Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS), road reconstructions must aim to modify the road layout to promote sustainable modes of transport and improve road safety.

    During the development of our 10 Year Capital Works Program for cyclists, we proposed a route on De Carle Street to provide an alternative to Sydney Road on the eastern side.

    Previously MITS has classified De Carle Street as a local road, but recent traffic counts highlight that volumes have exceeded the preferred maximum volume of 3000 vehicles per day.

    We completed two traffic surveys in DeCarle Street in 2019, which showed:

    • Outside 36 De Carle Street there was an average daily volume of 2,845 on the week of 9 September to 16 September 2019.
    • Outside Merri-bek Primary School there was an average daily volume of 3,524 on the week of 17 June to 24 June 2019.

    Where this project is up to

    We are proposing to narrow the road width on De Carle Street and install protected bicycle lanes. The protected lanes provide a low stress environment that are essential to getting more people riding bicycles. The image below is a depiction of the road showing bicycle lanes on the sides of the roads closest to the footpath, a small gap between the cycle lanes and car parking closer to the middle of the street, and then a single car lane in the middle of the road.

    The preferred width for a local road is 7.2m. This allows for parking on both sides and a single lane of traffic. The bottleneck created when vehicles park opposite each other slows down traffic by requiring drivers to give way to oncoming vehicles. This is a form of passive traffic calming and is desirable in local streets as it discourages through traffic.

    Where De Carle Street is narrower between Rennie Street and The Grove, some on-street car parks will need to be removed from one side of the road. Consultation was undertaken with local residents, and a report regarding the project and community feedback was considered during the 8 July 2020 Council Meeting . Our Councillors voted to support the report's recommendation.

    We acknowledge that protected bicycle lanes for only two blocks would be an ineffective length of treatment. As such, we are proposing to install protected bicycle lanes from The Avenue to Merri-bek Road. We also want to modify the roundabouts with funding from the 10 Year Capital Works Program for cyclists. An example cross section and plans are in the document section.

    De Carle Street road reconstruction and traffic calming documents:

  • Current phase: Planning

    We're preparing to improve the street design for Louisa Street between Victoria Street and Munro Street. We want to make Louise Street safer, more accessible, and easier to walk around. The upgrades will happen in stages to align with the plan for Central Coburg. 

    Because Louisa Street does not currently have any footpaths, we are immediately delivering pop-up projects to improve safety and accessibility. The pop-up will allow us to test some ideas for the permanent street design and see how they work for the community. 

    • Stage 1 Line marking and speedhump installation 31 July - 11 August 2023. Download the PDF to learn more
    • Stage 2 Pop-up street installation, September to July 2024
    • Stage 3 Permanent design consultation, 2024-2025
    • Stage 4 Construction, 2025-2027

    Want to keep up to date with the project?

    Visit Conversations Merri-bek

    What will be included in the design?

    • safer pedestrian crossings in Louisa Street and Munro Street
    • better footpaths on both sides of Louisa Street
    • street landscaping, including trees, raingardens, and garden beds
    • seating, bins and drinking fountains
    • speed humps and raised crossings to slow down traffic.

    Where is the project up to?

    We are seeking registrations for a small group (up to 20 people) for a night-time walking tour in Coburg. The focus of this walking tour is to learn how community members use public spaces in Coburg at night.

    Guided night-time walking tour in Coburg

    The walking tour is on Thursday 12 October 2023 from 7.30pm to 9pm. It will start at Coburg Leisure Centre and finish at Coburg Railway Station.

    What is the walking tour about?

    People are less likely to visit areas where they don’t feel safe, and this can impact their movements and sense of freedom. We want to understand how our community feels when moving through Louisa Street.

    What will we be doing on the tour?

    Participants will be provided with torches and will be asked to provide feedback about how they feel in different spaces and why. You will be able to ‘re-light’ spaces with torches, so that we can better understand how to design spaces for people to feel safe at night.

    Who will take part in the tour?

    Lighting consultants from our contractor ARUP will lead the walking tour, with support from Merri-bek City Council staff. There will be 7-10 facilitators there to support participants and make sure that everyone has the chance to have their say, whether they prefer to speak in a larger group or one-on-one. The facilitators will provide instructions, answer questions, and take note of participants’ ideas and feedback.

    What will the results be used for?

    The results of the survey will be used to inform the lighting and space design of Louisa Street, Coburg. It will also help us to understand how people feel in other urban spaces and streets at night. This will help us when we design future parks, open spaces, and street upgrades in Coburg and beyond.

    Join the walking tour

    Register your place

    More information

    Contact Tri Setyani, Principal Urban Designer, at tsetyani@merri-bek.vic.gov.au or 9240 2471

  • Current Phase: Construction

    In 2021/2022 we will be reconstructing Muchell Grove, Coburg.

    We undertook consultation with residents in May 2021 and the design was completed in June 2021.

    The Budget for this project is $614,000.

    Where this project is up to

    The project is in the construction phase, with works commencing in August 2021 and programmed to be completed in January 2022.

    The works include:

    • The construction of new underground drainage system and pits.
    • Reconstructing the existing bluestone kerb and channel.
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement.
    • Laying a new asphalt road surface.
    • The reconstruction of vehicle crossings between the new kerb and the footpath edge.
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.
  • Current Phase: Tendering

    In 2021/2022 we will be reconstructing Wellington Street, Coburg between Bell Street and Munro Street.

    We undertook consultation with residents in June 2021 and the design was completed in August 2021.

    The Budget for this project is $1,202,074.

    Where this project is up to

    This project is in the tender phase, with construction works set to commence in November 2021 and programmed for completion in June 2022.

    The works include:

    • The construction of new underground drainage system and pits.
    • Reconstructing the existing bluestone kerb and channel.
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement.
    • Laying a new asphalt surface.
    • The reconstruction of vehicle crossings between the new kern and footpath edge.
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.

Fawkner

  • Current phase: Construction

    We plan to refurbish the existing sporting pavilion at Charles Mutton Reserve and construct 2 new change rooms, an accessible toilet, and a unisex umpires room with facilities to be female and family-friendly. We also want to make compliant accessible entries for both change rooms and the social club facilities. We are also planning to upgrade the precinct circuit paths and outdoor fitness equipment.

    The new and improved change rooms for players and umpires, plus new accessible entries, will help ensure the local community has access to excellent facilities in the future.

    Community drop-in session: March 2021
    Local residents, park users, sports club members, and visitors were invited to a community drop-in session at the Northern Saints Football Club at Mutton Reserve in March 2021. This session was to view preliminary plans and let us know what they would like to see as part of the refurbishments. The feedback collected was used to contribute to the design.

    Report went to Council: April 2021
    Read the Charles Mutton Reserve female-friendly facilities: Outcomes of consultation Report here. 

    Council endorsed the application to Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Local Sport Infrastructure Fund – Female Friendly Facilities for the upgrade of the change rooms and umpires rooms at Charles Mutton Reserve, Fawkner.

    Where this project is up to

    • Set up temporary fencing and signage: March 2022
    • External demo including public toilets and relocation of canopy: May 2022
    • External concrete works and trenching between buildings: May 2022
    • Structural works and roofing works: June 2022 - September 2022
    • Internal works and finishes: September 2022 - October 2022
    • Project Completion November  2022.
  • Current phase: Design

    This project is for the refurbishment of the existing 6 tennis courts, upgrading the lighting to a LED lighting system, and the construction of new perimeter fencing at Fawkner Tennis Club.

    The works include:

    • the existing four red porous courts being converted to sand-filled artificial grass surfaces
    • the two existing non-compliant synthetic courts being extended and refurbished to sand-filled artificial grass surfaces to meet compliance under Tennis Australia’s Facility Guidelines
    • new landscape design and associated works to complement the extension of the two current non-compliant synthetic courts
    • the installation of a 6-luminaire low level LED lighting system on each court
    • the construction of new perimeter black mesh fencing
    • the installation of a 'Book a Court system' for public access

    Where this project is up to

    This project is currently in the design phase with construction works proposed to commence in May 2022. It is anticipated to be completed in July 2022.

Glenroy

No current projects 

Gowanbrae

No current projects 

Hadfield

No current projects 

Oak Park

  • Current phase

    Naturalisation of the creek corridor and removal of the concrete channel has been a long ambition for Council and other Chain of Ponds Collaboration partners.

    The announcement of $5 million State Government funding in 2020 for a section of naturalisation of the creek in Oak Park/Strathmore is very welcome. 

    This has been matched with $2 million from Melbourne Water who are the project lead.

    Where this project is up to

    Melbourne Water is leading the Reimaging Your Moonee Ponds Creek Program. They are doing so on behalf of the Chain of Ponds Collaboration Group and in partnership with Merri-bek City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, City West Water and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

    You can see updates on this project from Melbourne Water on the Melbourne Water website.

Pascoe Vale

  • Current phase: Construction

    Council is addressing drainage issues along the northern end of the Cumberland Road Shopping Strip, Pascoe Vale.

    The works will reduce localised flooding and improve pedestrian safety during times of heavy rainfall.

    The works include:

    • Installing new drainage pipes under the footpath
    • Reconstucting the footpath 
    • Reconstructing the existing kerb and channel
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement
    • Laying new asphalt road surface
    • Reconstructing of the vehicle crossing between the new kerb and footpath edge
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.

    Where this project is up to

    Construction will commence in early June 2022 and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2022.

    Further information

    For more information about this project you can email akerama@moreland.vic.gov.au or call us on 9350 8790.

  • Current Phase: Construction

    In 2021/2022 we will be reconstructing Dale Avenue, Pascoe Vale including drainage works in O’Hea Street between Dale Avenue and Irvine Street.

    We undertook consultation with residents in May 2021.

    The Budget for this project is $1,565,000.

    Where this project is up to

    The project is in the construction phase, with works set to commence in September 2021 and programmed for completion in May 2022.

    The works include:

    • The construction of new underground drainage system and pits.
    • Reconstructing the existing kerb and channel.
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement.
    • Laying a new asphalt road surface.
    • The reconstruction of vehicle crossings between the new kerb and footpath edge.
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.
  • Current phase: Construction

    We are constructing a wetland at the southern end of Gavin Park in Pascoe Vale as part of implementation of the Westbreen Creek Conservation and Development Plan.

    The wetland will treat stormwater from the local residential area nd provide important habitat for a range of water birds, frogs and other native animals. Paths, seating and picnic facilities have been designed in and around the wetland to support passive recreation and community enjoyment of the space.

    This project has been made possible with funding through Councils Capital Works and Melbourne Waters Living Rivers programs.

    View the Gavin Park Wetland plan.

    Key dates

    • August to September: Wetland design
    • September 2020: Community consultation
    • January-June 2021: Procurement and tendering
    • June 2021: Demolition of existing playground (clown swing to be relocated to Austin Reserve playground)
    • July to December 2021: Wetland construction and first stage revegetation
    • January to May 2022: Park opening and soft landscaping
  • We are refurbishing the existing public toilets in HE Payne Reserve to make them safe, accessible, clean, and environmentally sustainable. The refurbished facility will be open daily from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week. It will be controlled by a powered, automatic locking system.

    Works are scheduled to start in April 2023 and finish in June 2023.

  • Current phase: Construction

    We are planning to make changes to the pathways at KW Joyce Reserve in Pascoe Vale.

    The first change is the construction of a concrete path running along thea northern edge of the park and linking Northumberland Road to Cornwall Road. This path will be a shared use path for walkers and bike riders. You can find more information about shared use paths on the Vicroads website. This path forms part of a larger project to construct a bicycle route linking Coburg and Glenroy via schools and shops in Oak Park and Pascoe Vale.

    The second change is construction of an unsealed gravel path near the eastern bank of Westbreen Creek. This path will be a walking path, and will upgrade and improve the network of walking paths in and around Westbreen Creek. It will also help to connect parts of the Coburg to Glenroy cycling link.

    The map below shows the planned location of the two paths. It shows the concrete shared path in grey running along the park beside Pascoe Vale Girls College from Northumberland Rd to Cornwall Rd. It also shows the unsealed gravel path in yellow which runs alongside the westbreen creek from the intersection of Ardnt Rd and Cornwall Rd until it meets another established path near the side of the park close to Pascoe Vale Girls College.

    We plan to complete construction of both paths before the end of June 2021.

    Where this project is up to

    During our consultation stage we received some concerns that the planned concrete shared use path could:

    1. Impact the area of open space and vegetation.
    2. May result in conflict between cyclists and dogs.
    3. Would not be an accessible grade as the area is too steep.

    We took into account these concerns when deciding on a proposed location for the paths. The new concrete shared path is planned to be along the northern section of the park so it is away from the existing walking route where the ground is less steep. Although the KW Joyce Reserve is an off leash dog park, the rule for these parks is that dogs must be kept on a lead while on or within 1m of a concrete shared path.

  • Current phase: Construction

    In 2021 we will be reconstructing Springhall Parade between Bell Street and Princes Street, and Princes Terrace between Melville Road and Waverley Parade in Pascoe Vale South.

    We undertook consultation with residents in February 2020 and the design was completed in April 2020. The budget for this project is $1,553,190,000.

    Where this project is up to

    Construction works are set to start in late July 2020 and finish in April 2021.

    The works include:

    • The construction of a new underground drainage system and pits.
    • Reconstructing the existing concrete kerb and channel.
    • Reconstructing the existing road pavement.
    • Laying a new asphalt road surface.
    • The reconstruction of vehicle crossings between the new kerb and footpath edge.
    • The reinstatement of nature strips.