Fitzroy's civic hub

The area around the Fitzroy Town Hall is important for a lot of diverse groups. It includes:

  • Fitzroy Town Hall
  • Fitzroy Library
  • The Connie Benn Centre (a family and children's service hub)
  • Atherton Gardens Housing Estate
  • Yarra Youth Centre
  • Sacred Heart Primary School
  • All Saints Church
  • Acacia Fitzroy Creche
  • Fitzroy Legal Service
  • Condell Street Community Garden, and
  • Cubbies Playground.

We spoke with people who live, work, study, and use services in this area. Now we'd like you to take a look at some ideas for how we can enhance the space so it's safer, friendlier, easier to access, and even fun.

We also have some ideas for how we can improve the footpaths and public spaces along Brunswick Street:

You have until Monday 16 March 2020 to have your say.

Could these ideas improve this area?

Click on the map to take a look at some ideas from the draft Brunswick Street Masterplan. Then, let us know what you think in the survey.

Please note these are just initial ideas and opportunities. We will use your feedback to decide what ideas to take forward for further design and consultation.

To carry out some of these ideas, we might need to make changes to the road. This could include the number of lanes, right of way and parking. If any of this is needed, we will only do it after carrying out feasibility studies and close consultation with the community.

A playful, safe, shared space
A green space everyone can enjoy
A safer connection through Young Street
A warmer welcome to the Fitzroy Town Hall
A warmer welcome to Fitzroy Library
A safer and more connected Napier Street
An improved tram stop waiting area
Uncluttered community space
An inviting courtyard

What do you think of these ideas? CLOSED

Click on each spot on the map to see the ideas for this area, then let us know what you think in our short survey. All images below show what these spaces look like currently.

A warmer welcome to the Fitzroy Town Hall, Library, and other services

The Fitzroy Library and Fitzroy Town Hall are both important community hubs with many visitors and events. People tend to gather outside both, but neither currently have particularly welcoming entries with spaces to sit and gather.

What do you think of these ideas for this space?

Three separate photos: one showing a concrete area outside Fitzroy Town Hall, one showing an asphalt footpath outside the Fitzroy Library, and one showing a narrow road with police cars and a police station
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Introduce clear signage to help people find their way around the precinct.
Improve the Town Hall forecourt with high-quality paving, removing car parking but still allowing vehicle access, and exploring opportunities for seating and lighting.
Extend the footpath outside library to provide a more prominent library entrance, with places to sit.
Redesign the courtyard as a new outdoor space that could be linked to Fitzroy Town Hall and Fitzroy Library activities.
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Condell Street: A green space everyone can enjoy

Many people use Condell Street as a place to relax and rest. It is currently home to a small community garden on the median in the middle of the road.

What do you think of these ideas for this space?

Road with two lanes, with a park and community garden in the centre median and parking on either side.
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Extend the central median garden to create more public space, which could contain expanded garden and park space, more shelter and picnic seating, drinking fountains, and a small lawn.
Remove public toilet. There is opportunity to install two new toilets closer to Brunswick Street: one near the corner of Kerr Street, one near the corner of Hanover Street.
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A shared, playful space for King William Street

Children from Sacred Heart School, most of whom live in the nearby Atherton Gardens apartments, use this area for play. It's important to create a safe and welcoming space that prioritises pedestrians, but vehicles can still access if needed.

What do you think of these ideas for this space?

Image of an asphalt road outside a school and a church
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Create a street where children can safely play. This could include new trees and nature play, places to sit, linemarking for ball sports, and public art.
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Celebrating our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage on Gertrude Street

Fitzroy has long been a significant cultural and political hub for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. There is an opportunity to celebrate this and highlight the existing walking trail, while also creating a more welcoming entry to the Atherton Gardens.

What do you think of these ideas for this space?

corner of Gertrude and Brunswick street, with a tram stop and lots of trees outside the Atherton Gardens estate
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Create a welcoming entry to the Atherton Gardens by introducing a space for people to meet and gather. Install seating and lighting, keep existing mature trees and explore opportunities for other tree planting and greenery.
Commission a significant artwork that celebrates Fitzroy's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. Integrate with a custom tram stop.
Explore opportunities to remove the fencing along the Atherton Gardens to provide a more welcoming entry.
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A safer, more inviting connection through Young Street

The Florence Peel Centre, on the corner of Young and Moor Street, used used every day for a variety of groups, including senior citizens and Atherton Gardens residents. There is currently space on the corner that has the opportunity to be used more effectively.

Many people, particularly children, use Young Street to get between Atherton Gardens, Fitzroy Library, Cubbies playground, Sacred Heart Primary School, the Florence Peel Centre and other facilities. Footpath space is limited, which means people often have to walk on the road.

What do you think of these ideas for this space?

A street corner with a charity bin, bikes, asphalt path and a small patch of grass. A narrow street with police cars parked on the footpath along either side.
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Remove current clutter on the corner of Young and Moor streets and redesign as a pocket park outside the Florence Peel Centre.
Extend the footpaths to provide safer pedestrian access on both sides of the street.
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A safer and more connected Napier Street

Napier Street is an important pedestrian and cycling route through Fitzroy, which is partially closed to traffic. It is home to the Yarra Youth Centre, which provides an important service for many young people in the area, many of whom use other services in the Town Hall precinct. Napier Street also provides other entry points to the Atherton Gardens.

What do you think of these ideas for this space?

Three images: One showing a tree-lined  street with an asphalt footpath and a quiet road with ta car parked on the side, one showing the same street further along with a permanent road closure, and the final showing a tram stop at the same street.
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Make it safer to cross the road between the Yarra Youth Centre and the Atherton Reserve by extending the footpath and providing an informal crossing point.
Rejuvenate the existing road closure on Napier Street (near Webb Street). This could include more planting, paving, seating and street lighting.
Improve the waiting area at the tram stop on the corner of Napier and Gertrude Street with a covered seating area.
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