In July and August 2017, Council talked to the local community about a plan to improve the intersection of Victoria Street and Lennox Street.
The improvements, detailed in a draft design, included installing lighting, street furniture, paving and landscaping.
The improvements are part of the Victoria Street Streetscape Masterplan and are aimed at deterring anti-social behaviour and making the area a more welcoming space for the community.
Council considered community feedback at a meeting held on 19 September 2017.
At that meeting, Council decided to go ahead with the improvements, but to exclude a memorial plaque proposed in the original design that would be dedicated to people who have died in Yarra from drug overdoses.
Council will contact the local community when a final design and construction timelines are confirmed.
To view the draft concept, please download the document or view the photos to the right of this page.
What is proposed?
- The roadway will be realigned by one metre at the southern end of the shared zone and new paving will make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to move through the space.
- The roadway will be resurfaced in natural-look concrete.
- Existing seating in Lennox Street will be removed and replaced with new seating to encourage individuals and small groups to use the space.
- New crepe myrtle trees will add colour and vibrancy. These trees have already been planted along Victoria Street to the east of Church Street.
- New paving, street trees and furniture on Nicholson Street will improve the sense of public space and provide a visual link to Lennox Street.
- New feature lighting will animate the space at night and create a safer, more welcoming environment.
- Council also proposed to include a memorial plaque in the design. The plaque would have been dedicated to people who have died in Yarra from drug overdoses. At its meeting on 19 September 2017, Council decided to exclude this from the final design.
This project is funded by Council and the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.