We’ve used your ideas for Brunswick Street

Brunswick Street has been a vibrant, quirky and creative hub for a long time.

And we want to keep it that way!

The draft Brunswick Street Streetscape Masterplan looks at ways we can improve the footpaths and public spaces around Brunswick Street, without changing what makes it special.

To create it, we used ideas from the community, as well as advice from an independent landscape consultant.

In early 2020, we showed this plan to the community to see if we got it right.

In 2020, we adopted the Brunswick Street Streetscape Masterplan

This plan guides future changes and improvements to the footpaths and public spaces along Brunswick Street (between Alexandra Parade and Victoria Parade), as well as the streets around Fitzroy Town Hall and Atherton Gardens.

The improvements included in the Streetscape Masterplan are aimed at creating high quality and welcoming public spaces that build on its strengths and established identity, support a range of activities and deliver benefits such as increased tree planting.

See the final masterplan

Community consultation

In early 2020, the community had the opportunity to speak with us, either online or in person, and complete two separate surveys to let us know what they think.

Who did we talk to?

In February and March 2020, we spoke to the people who live, work, study, visit and own property in and around Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

  • We received almost 450 contributions from our two online surveys.
  • We held two in-person pop-up sessions to chat with the community; one along Brunswick Street (near Westgarth Street) and another near Atherton Reserve. Around 60 people visited our pop-up sessions to share their feedback.
  • We spoke to residents, including people who live in the Atherton Gardens housing estate.
  • We spoke to businesses and workers in the area.
  • We spoke to a variety of people who use local community services in the area.

What did we ask?

People had the opportunity to complete two surveys.

1. Brunswick Street's footpaths

Looks at the footpaths along Brunswick Street, and creating new public spaces on certain corners. See the survey, which is now closed, on Brunswick Street's footpaths below.

2. The area around Fitzroy Town Hall

This precinct includes the local streets around Fitzroy Town Hall, the Atherton Gardens Housing Estate, Sacred Heart Primary School, and community facilities including the Fitzroy Library, Yarra Youth Centre, and the Connie Benn Centre.

See the survey, which is now closed, about the Fitzroy Town Hall precinct on a separate page.


What did we hear?

Thank you to everyone who provided their views on the project. Overall, many of the ideas received high levels of support, and a lot of useful feedback has been provided which is being used to refine the masterplan. We received feedback in relation to a number of themes, including but not limited to:

  • Importance of trees and greenery.
  • Maintaining pedestrian access on the footpaths.
  • Opportunities for more bike parking.
  • Mixed views about new public toilets along Brunswick Street, and on the relocation of the Condell Street toilet.
  • Anti-social behaviour is an important consideration.
  • Consider tree species and maintenance of garden beds.
  • Support for high quality public art.
  • Opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage, particularly for projects around Atherton Gardens.
  • Street trading is important but should also ensure adequate pedestrian access is maintained.
  • Look for further opportunities to change the road space on Brunswick Street to achieve benefits such as wider footpaths, bike lanes and trees.
  • Look for further opportunities to reduce the road space around the Fitzroy Town Hall area, however necessary vehicle access needs to be considered.


Brunswick Street's footpaths

Streetwide opportunities

Click the hotspots to see more on each idea for the whole street. Please note this image is for demonstration purposes only - any final designs may look different.

A mock up of a street, showing trees, pedestrians, bike hoops, outdoor dining, bins, awnings and car parks.
Increase trees and greenery
Protect new trees
Encourage other greenery
More garden beds
Declutter parking signs
Footpath and kerb design
Bike parking
More seating
Reduce tangle of power lines
Environmentally friendly, consistent lighting
More rubbish and recycling bins
Outdoor trading and dining
At least three drinking fountains

What do you think? CLOSED

Let us know what you think about these plans for the Brunswick Street footpaths.
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Neutral
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Increased trees: Plant a variety of species, space more closely together to help establish a canopy for shade
Encourage other greenery, including vertical planting on awnings and against blank facades
More garden beds, with raised edges to prevent rubbish build-up and decrease damage from foot traffic
Protect new trees by providing robust trunk protection and planting trees when they're at a more advanced stage of growth
At least one seat every 60 meters to give people more places to sit and rest
More rubbish and recycling bins
At least 3 drinking fountains along the length of Brunswick Street
Use paving markers to make it clear where outdoor trading and dining areas start and end
LED street lighting that is even and environmentally responsible
Maintain ashalt paving along the footpath. Use heritage bluestone along the kerb and channel
Make sure footpath is at least 1.5m wide enough for pedestrian access, and allow access from nearby parking spaces
Reduce tangle of power lines: Bundle power so less power lines are blocking heritage facades and buildings
Explore ways to reduce the number of parking signs, for example creating parking zones
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Corners that have potential for additional public space

We've identified some street corners that we could focus on to create special spaces for the community.

Do you think these are the right corners to focus on?

Map of Brunswick Street, showing Westgarth Street, Kerr Street, Victoria Street, Bell Street, Hanover Street and Gertrude Street
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Not sure
Westgarth Street
Kerr Street (including potential for new public toilet)
Victoria Street
Bell Street
Hanover Street (including potential for new public toilet)
Gertrude Street (near entry to Atherton Gardens estate)

What kind of opportunities and features should we focus on in these corners?

Take a look at some ideas for how we can enhance some spaces for the community.

Tick all the opportunities you think we should focus on in these corners

Please note that all images are just concepts, showing initial ideas and opportunities. We will use your feedback to decide what ideas to take forward for further design and consultation.

Designs of street corners showing different styles of community spaces, including small gardens, lighting features, seating options and public art

Did we miss any street corners with potential for something extra? Can you think of any other ways we can enhance the public spaces on these street corners?

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A little about you

What's your connection to the Brunswick Street precinct?

How old are you?
Do you speak a language other than English at home?
Do you identify as any of the following?

Please select all that apply

What is your postcode?

Please share your email address to be kept up to date about this project.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.