Views sought on Central Geelong plan


Ash Bolt

The City of Greater Geelong is calling for the community to share its thoughts as it develops plans for a long-term upgrade to Mercer Street, Gheringhap Street and Bayley Street in Central Geelong.

Mayor Stephanie Asher said public input would be used to develop a masterplan to guide future streetscape improvements in the area.

“We want to make Mercer Street, Gheringhap Street and Bayley Street in Geelong a welcoming, attractive, accessible, safe and vibrant environment,” she said.

“Your input will help inform the development of the masterplan so we can consider improvements to footpaths, intersections, microclimate, outdoor seating, public art, cycling and safety and accessibility.”

The project part of the city’s Revitalising Central Geelong, a partnership with the state and federal governments.

It will take into account Wurriki Nyal, the city’s new civic precinct on Mercer Street, and contribute to other current and completed projects such as Malop Street Green Spine and the Arts and Cultural Precinct Masterplan.

All input from the community will be collected, and key themes will be identified to guide the development of the draft masterplan.

The draft masterplan will be provided for community feedback in the coming months.

More detailed designs will be prepared in the future and considered for capital works funding.

Councillor Peter Murrihy said population growth and increased demand on public infrastructure meant a masterplan was needed to guide future improvements and development of Central Geelong.

“Council’s creating confidence in Central Geelong by investing in revitalising this significant area of our city,” Cr Murrihy said.

“We aim to provide a design solution that contributes to the area’s character and a sense of identity, as well as supporting greening of the city and our focus on design excellence.”

Community input closes on December 22.

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