This consultation is closed.

We’ve built a new seating space on the corner of Kerr and Brunswick streets after hearing feedback from over 100 residents, business and community members in August and September 2021.

In June 2023 construction on the project was completed and the space is now open for the community.

How did we decide on the design?

We spoke to you about making improvements to street corners in Fitzroy during the consultation for the Brunswick Street Masterplan.

Two rounds of community consultation were undertaken in 2019 and 2020. Between digital submissions and pop-ups around Brunswick Street, we received over 500 pieces of feedback. More than 70% of people who participated indicated support for public space improvements at the Kerr Street corner.

According to the feedback, you want to see the following on Brunswick Street's street corners:

  • additional public seating
  • creative structures that can be used for different purposes like sitting, eating outdoors or catching up with friends
  • increased greenery and garden-style spaces
  • diverse public art
  • feature lighting
  • interesting textural and paved spaces.

In August and September 2021, we asked our community for feedback on a draft concept design for a new public seating space at the corner of Brunswick and Kerr streets.

After incorporating your feedback into the new design, construction will commence in January 2023.

This project will be the first initiative from the Brunswick Street Masterplan to be delivered.

What did we change?

We’ve listened to your feedback and made the following changes to the design:

  • We’ve consulted with Council’s arborists and adapted the design to further support the existing tree.
  • We’ve incorporated more colour into the design to reflect the vibrancy of the area.
  • We’re altering the way we lay the bricks to create an integrated skate deterrent and protect the seating. The bricks protrude slightly from the face of the seating. This method is known as corbelling and makes the seating harder to be used by skaters while still being comfortable to those using the seats.
  • We’ve revised the design to be more accessible for all users. It now includes more space between the seating and the footpath as well as back and arm rests.
  • We’ll apply an anti-graffiti coating when the new seating is installed to minimise the impacts of graffiti and vandalism.
  • We’ll continue regular collections of the public bin at the corner of Kerr and Brunswick streets and monitor for any increase in street rubbish.
Initial concept design: Initial concept design for new seating area on Kerr Street Final design: Final design for new seating area on Kerr Street