Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund
The Victorian Government sought applications in 2020 from local government for grants of up to $100,000 to undertake shovel-ready works in Activity Centres in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
Successful applicants are working with the Office for Suburban Development to deliver local infrastructure including streetscape improvements to support outdoor dining, pop-up parks, footpath and bike path upgrades, public art and greening.
The projects, which form part of the Suburban Revitalisation Program, have created local jobs while supporting local businesses, including retailers, cafes, restaurants and service providers.
Details of the successful applications are provided below.
Shopping Strip / Location
Were Street, Montmorency
Streetscape improvement including decking and outdoor dining space for businesses.
Highfield Road, Camberwell
New footpaths, street furniture, public seating areas, trees and greenery, a new mural and expanded outdoor dining areas.
Northumberland Road, Sunshine North
A safe crossing for pedestrians, wider and more accessible footpaths, seating and shade.
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.
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.
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.
Excelsior Drive, Frankston North
New paving, trees, landscaping and street furniture to improve pedestrian access, encourage walking and brighten up the centre.
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.
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.
Pier Street (Stage 4), Altona
Widening of paths, traffic calming measures, landscaping and tree planting to support outdoor markets, festivals and community initiatives.
Emu Parade, Jacana
New gardens, seating and the creation of an outdoor dining space to revive the strip.
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.
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.
Jackson Court, Doncaster East
A parklet, including an arts component, to enhance outdoor opportunities.
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.
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 CBD Little Streets
The conversion of parking spaces into pedestrian priority zones and spaces for outdoor dining.
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.
Enhanced public space and improved shopping strip signage to improve access and wayfinding.
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.
Strathmore, Airport West and
The installation of green spaces and distinctive artwork to help support and build on sense of place.
The creation of multiple parklets to provide outdoor space for cafes and restaurants, and infrastructure upgrades that encourage people to walk or cycle.
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.
New footpaths and extensive street tree planting.
Albert Park, Balaclava, Elwood,
Middle Park, Port Melbourne,
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.
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.
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.
Brentford Square, Forest Hill
Landscaping, painting of arcade poles, artwork, seating and paving upgrades.
Rochdale Square Shopping Centre, Lalor
The upgrade of public lighting between the Shopping Centre and Lalor Railway Station.
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.
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.
You can learn more about how the Victorian Government is support businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by visiting 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.