We're improving Swan Street

Swan Street is the heart of Richmond’s dining and entertainment precinct, and a special place for locals and visitors alike.

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback. We have used it to create a new Streetscape Masterplan for the area, which will ensure it stays a great place to work, visit and live.

The masterplan looks at improving the public spaces along Swan Street, from Punt Road to Birrarung (the Yarra River).

About the draft Streetscape Masterplan

The draft masterplan includes many suggestions for improving the public spaces along Swan Street and its surrounds.

This includes things like:

  • better footpaths
  • more trees and landscaping
  • outdoor dining and seating
  • new public art
  • more bike parking
  • new kerb outstands (wider footpaths at the intersecting side streets)
  • better connections to public transport
  • improved safety and accessibility for pedestrians.

It also provides suggestions for several new and bigger public spaces in the precinct and improvements to laneways and the railway bridge.

The streetscape masterplan only looks at public land (owned and managed by Yarra Council) along Swan Street and its surrounds. This includes things like the Swan Street footpaths and street spaces on adjacent local roads.

The masterplan doesn't consider the transport and traffic function of Swan Street (the road space used by moving vehicles), as the road is managed by VicRoads.

It doesn't extend to land owned by public transport authorities, like train stations and tram stops.

It also does not consider development on private land, icnluding building heights.

See the masterplan

Take a look at the Streetscape Masterplan here.

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Thanks for your feedback!

Thank you to everyone who shaped the draft masterplan. We received over 120 pieces of feedback, including survey responses and chats at our pop-ups.

In brief, some of the things we heard included:

  • Overall support for the major proposals
  • Concerns about potential removal of car parking spaces
  • You want more trees and greenery
  • You’d like to see more artwork, including First Nations representation and diversity of artists
  • Support for more and energy-efficient lighting, including on side streets
  • You want more consistent/even footpaths, with balanced uses (like outdoor dining)

Project timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Ideas gathering

    April to May 2021

    We're asking for your general ideas and feedback about Swan Street.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Developing draft streetscape masterplan


    We're reviewing and using your feedback to develop a draft streetscape masterplan for Swan Street.

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Your thoughts on the draft Streetscape Masterplan

    October / November 2021

    We'll ask for your feedback on the draft streetscape masterplan to make sure it reflects your ideas and priorities and we haven't missed anything important.

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Finalising streetscape masterplan

    Late 2021

    We'll use your feedback to finalise the streetscape masterplan for council adoption.

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Streetscape masterplan goes to council

    Early 2022

    The streetscape masterplan will be considered by council for formal adoption.

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete


    2022 onwards

    We'll start implementing the streetscape masterplan.