We’ve listened to your ideas on how to improve your local streets and create better spaces for the community.

We consulted the community in July and December 2018 on ways we can improve safety and manage traffic flow in Fitzroy North.

We received an overwhelming response from the community. Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute.

Making our streets safer – particularly for children and pedestrians – was a recurring theme in this consultation.

Based on what you told us, we have prepared a local area plan making (LAPM) plan based on this feedback.

Plan highlights

To improve safety and traffic flow, this plan includes the following access restriction proposals:

  • Trialling a median island for six months on Miller Street at Rae Street and White Street;
  • Trialling a median island for six months on Holden Street at Brunswick Street North and Dean Street;
  • Partial road closure on Rae Street, with no exit to Alexandra Parade; and
  • Closing the laneway to the west of Rae Street (between York Street and Alexandra Parade).

  • These changes will be considered for implementation in mid-2020, once we have worked through Local Government Act (LGA) 1989 requirements for access restrictions. If endorsed, construction would begin shortly after.

    The other traffic treatments outlined in the plan will be delivered subject to funding being allocated in future budgets.

    Access restriction proposals

    We have received three out of four reports from the Department of Transport (DoT) regarding the access restriction proposals. You can view these reports in the documents menu.

    DoT have objected to the proposed median island trials at Miller Street and Holden Street.

    They have not objected to the proposed permanent closure of the laneway west of Rae Street (between York Street and Alexandra Parade).

    We have been working through issues raised by DoT on the proposal for the part closure at Rae Street/Alexandra Parade. They have requested further information and analysis regarding the closure.

    Based on the responses from DoT, evaluation of the Holden Street/Brunswick Street North right turn ban trial and feedback from other stakeholders, the next step will be Council considering whether to proceed with the proposals.

    Council will consider a report at a council meeting, which is yet to be confirmed due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit our website for updates and the agenda if you would like to participate.

    November 2019

    We provide Department of Transport (DoT) with a detailed report on the proposed median trial, so they can assess how it will impact other roads. This report includes the traffic analysis. We will also share the report with other stakeholders, including the Yarra community and Moreland City Council. Read the report.

    Early 2020

    DoT, Moreland City Council and Emergency Services will provide us with feedback on the proposed trial median islands, which may include additional factors to consider. We will also receive feedback on our proposals to close the laneway west of Rae Street, just below York Street, and a partial road closure off Rae Street with no exit to Alexandra Parade.


    Mid 2020

    Councillors will review a further report on the proposed trial at a Council Meeting, together with feedback from DoT, results of the right-turn bans trial from Brunswick Street North into Holden Street and any further submissions from the community, then decide whether or not to proceed with the trial median islands.

    Mid 2020

    If endorsed by Yarra, we will begin constructing the trial median islands. The trial of the islands is expected to be for six months.

    Late 2020 / Early 2021

    If implemented, we will evaluate the median island trial. This will include looking at how effective it is, how it impacts traffic, and community views. Council will consider a report on the results of the trial at a Council Meeting.

    More information

    For more information about this project, check out the FAQs, or our Transport team on 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au