Suburban shopping strip

Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund

The Victorian Government is working in partnership with local government to support local shopping strips across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire as part of Suburban Revitalisation Program.

The government recently sought applications from local government for grants of up to $100,000 to deliver onground works to create local jobs, while supporting local businesses, including retailers, cafes, restaurants and service providers.

Onground works to be delivered as part of the program include streetscape improvements to support outdoor dining, pop-up parks, footpath and bike path upgrades, public art, greening and other local infrastructure.

Details of the successful applications are provided below.

Council

Shopping Strip / Location

Onground works

Banyule

Were Street, Montmorency

Creation of a pocket park to promote outdoor dining and streetscape enhancements.

Bayside

Highett and Bluff Roads Village, Hampton

Footpath and street furniture upgrades and creation of a parklet to improve safety and pedestrian amenity.

Boroondara

Highfield Road, Camberwell

New footpaths, street furniture, public seating areas, trees and greenery, a new mural and expanded outdoor dining areas.

Brimbank

Northumberland Road, Sunshine North

A safe crossing for pedestrians, wider and more accessible footpaths, seating and shade.

Cardinia

Lakeside Shopping Centre/Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham

Upgrading the grounds of the Cardinia Cultural Centre and Lakeside Shopping Centre to promote outdoor dining. The project will involve the installation of public seating, single level walkways, landscaping, lighting and a mural.

Casey

Fairway Sommerville Road, Hampton Park

Upgrades to footpaths and street lighting, and the installation of more accessible footpaths, seating, bin enclosures, signage, and tree planting.

Darebin

Oakhill Village, Preston, Thornbury Shopping Strip and Gilbert Street Preston

Upgrades to walking and cycling paths, tree plantings and public art installations, safety upgrades for pedestrians, installation of LED lighting and pop-up facilities.

Frankston

Excelsior Drive, Frankston North

New paving, trees, landscaping and street furniture to improve pedestrian access, encourage walking and brighten up the centre.

Glen Eira

Carnegie Community Space

An events space with a stage, seating, plants and mural that will encourage people to use the area for festivals, food trucks and markets as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Greater Dandenong

Hemmings Street, Dandenong

The construction of a landscaped parklet and landscaping around the shopping centre to encourage locals to stay and shop and create a safer area for people living locally. The project will see the completion of the final revitalisation works for the Hemmings Street neighbourhood shopping strip - stage 4.

Hobsons Bay

Pier Street (Stage 4), Altona

Widening of paths, traffic calming measures, landscaping and tree planting to support outdoor markets, festivals and community initiatives.

Hume

Emu Parade, Jacana

New gardens, seating and the creation of an outdoor dining space to revive the strip.

Kingston

Parkdale Shopping Centre

Paving upgrades, tree and landscaping plantings, the incorporation of seating, provision for footpath trading and raised crossings near the busy roundabout and train station entry.

Knox

Upper Ferntree Gully Shopping Centre, Upper Ferntree Gully

The design and installation of public art to further enhance the recently upgraded streetscape shopping strip including sculpture, lighting and signage with the intent to reflect the historical character of the area.

Manningham

Jackson Court, Doncaster East

A parklet, including an arts component, to enhance outdoor opportunities.

Maribyrnong

Clarke Street and Barkly Village, West Footscray)

A pop-up park in Barkly Village, increased greening and new and refurbished seating and bike racks. These improvements will make Barkly Village a better place to visit and shop and allow for improved access for pedestrians and cyclists.

Maroondah

Ringwood East

The creation of parklets, landscaping, footpath improvements and arts and cultural installations. Activation of vacant shops and enhancement of existing business shop fronts through an arts installation will be an additional ‘talking point’ that encourages visitation to the centre.

Melbourne

Melbourne CBD Little Streets

The conversion of parking spaces into pedestrian priority zones and spaces for outdoor dining.

Melton

Melton South & Scott Street

Works to improve the look and feel of the retail shop fronts, activating the areas with place-making initiatives and public art, and improving the perceptions of safety with improved public lighting. This project will revitalise two of Melton's oldest neighbourhood activity centres.

Mitchell

Wallan

Enhanced public space and improved shopping strip signage to improve access and wayfinding.

Monash

Pinewood, Huntingdale, Glen

Waverly, Mount Waverly,

Oakleigh and Clayton

The creation of parklets, enhanced public space and additional outdoor dining options. The project will use pre-fabricated shipping containers to create cordoned off areas with seating, artwork and landscaping to create additional, safe, public spaces.

Moonee Valley

Strathmore, Airport West and

Avondale Heights

The installation of green spaces and distinctive artwork to help support and build on sense of place.

Moreland

Neighbourhood centres

The creation of multiple parklets to provide outdoor space for cafes and restaurants, and infrastructure upgrades that encourage people to walk or cycle.

Mornington Peninsula

Blairgowrie

The creation of a central gathering place for the community and footpath upgrades to improve opportunities for walking and cycling. This project will create a public place that can be used in all seasons, that provides a stronger connection between the shopping strip and the beach.

Nillumbik

Yarrambat

New footpaths and extensive street tree planting.

Port Phillip

Albert Park, Balaclava, Elwood,

Middle Park, Port Melbourne,

Fishermans Bend,

South Melbourne, St Kilda

The temporary installation of ten parklets across municipality to provide a safe place for congregation, accessible public seating, street greening and additional footpath space for neighbourhood shopping centres.

Stonnington

Malvern Valley, Malvern East

Footpath improvements, public art, new street furniture and more greenery. This project will improve the centre by providing quality public spaces to encourage local trade, dining, retail and community interaction.

Whitehorse

Brentford Square, Forest Hill

Landscaping, painting of arcade poles, artwork, seating and paving upgrades.

Wyndham

Woodville Park,

Hoppers Crossing

Footpath upgrades, signage, artworks, street furniture, shopfront improvements, increased greenery and lighting to deliver a more modern and vibrant character and appeal to the local area.

Yarra

Nicholson Village, Carlton North

Landscaping and tree planting, new street furniture and seating opportunities, public artwork and signage, as well as footpath improvements, encouraging people to spend more time in the area.

Yarra Ranges

Upwey

The installation of parklets close to cafes, restaurants and take away food shops. This project will create an inviting and safe space to encourage people to venture out and support local businesses.

The Victorian Government is supporting businesses through the Business Support Package.

For more information on the government’s Business Support Package visit https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The Victorian Government has committed $3 million from its Building Works Package for the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund (NACRF), supporting communities as they recover from the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund will benefit local communities and economies in metropolitan Melbourne by developing and revitalising Neighbourhood Activity Centres/Shopping Strips.

The fund is open to 32 councils in Metropolitan Partnerships Regions.

The Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is accepting applications for grants of up to $100,000 per project, for local infrastructure upgrades, and streetscape and public space improvements in Neighbourhood Activity Centres/Shopping Strips.

The purpose of the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is to support councils in managing the immediate challenges associated with the phased opening of business activity and building community confidence in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when safe to do so.

The Fund will deliver jointly funded community improvement and local business initiatives to drive neighbourhood centre renewal and improve amenities and accessibility in metropolitan Melbourne communities.

The objectives of the fund are:

  • Support initiatives in (council designated and planned) neighbourhood activity centres that stimulate local business activity; encourage local businesses to return; improvements to the public amenity and accessibility of suburban strip shopping area, when safe to do so.
  • Support the implementation of the Victorian Governments 20-minute Neighbourhood policy (particularly supporting projects that demonstrate a similar approach to the pilot sites) and focus on smaller scale approaches to revitalising suburban centres and be delivered in conjunction with local government, business and community sector stakeholders.

The Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is open to councils in the Metropolitan Partnerships Regions. Grants of up to $100,000 per project are available for local infrastructure upgrades in neighbourhood activity centres. Councils are required to make a co-contribution (financial and/or in-kind) of at least 50 per cent of the grant application amount.

Priority will be given to projects that are investment-ready, demonstrate the need for government assistance, include detailed plans for the space, and deliver strong outcomes for local communities.