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Every day the City of Melbourne strives to make a difference for the community – providing the services people rely on, while building a strong, inclusive and sustainable future. To help guide this work, at the start of each Council term, we develop a four-year Council Plan informed by community feedback.  
 
The Council Plan 2021-25 reflects the community’s long-term vision for Melbourne and how Council will achieve it.   

Now we’re in the third year of the plan, there’s much to celebrate about what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood from 2021 to now. 

Doing what counts in Carlton
Doing what counts in the CBD
Doing what counts in Docklands
Doing what counts in East Melbourne
Doing what counts in Kensington
Doing what counts in North Melbourne
Doing what counts in Parkville
Doing what counts in Southbank
Doing what counts in South Yarra
Doing what counts in West Melbourne
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Doing what counts in Carlton

Maintaining our parks and gardens is a priority for us as we know how important they are to community wellbeing

You told us that a greater sense of safety in your streets, a drive to attract local businesses, safer roads and bike lanes, increased events and arts initiatives, and a focus on recreational facilities and programs are important priorities for you in Carlton. 

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure  
  • Updated irrigation at world heritage site Carlton Gardens to maintain the health of the plants and trees. 
  • Completed the Faraday Street public toilet, providing a safe and accessible facility close to Lygon Street’s hospitality and retail precinct. 
  • Commenced works on the Grattan Street bike lane to deliver a safer, better connected cycling network. 
  • Currently developing a concept design for the $6 million Stage Two University Square redevelopment.  
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths.  
Safety and city cleaning 
  • Currently expanding the Safe City Cameras program into parts of Carlton, including Lygon Street and Argyle Square, as part of a partnership with Victoria Police, traders and residents.  
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.   
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.   
Boosting our economy 
  • Continued to support businesses through our Business Concierge team, with more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality last financial year. 
  • Invested over $4 million in business support and activation including the Shopfront Activation and Small Business Grant programs which provided a launchpad to grow and establish businesses in Carlton including ELK and The Hacker Exchange. 
We bring neighbours together by supporting local activities like the Community Grocer in Carlton
Community wellbeing  
  • Supported local activities including meals at the Community Grocer Carlton, Harmony Day celebrations, and sewing classes at Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program. 
  • Invested in initiatives such as Carlton Residents’ Association and Carlton Gardens Probus to benefit the local community. 
  • Encouraged and supported local programs, including a local lunch club, a homework club, and youth support groups. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality. 
  • Provided than 5000 Maternal and Child Health appointments to families at various sites in Carlton. 
  • Integrated three toy libraries – free to access with a City of Melbourne library membership – with one site at The Chapel in Cardigan Street.    
Sustainability and city greening  
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve community access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation by mid-2024.  
  • Maintained 17 public parks and spaces, and seven playgrounds and sporting facilities at Princes Park and Carlton Recreation Ground. 
  • Introduced a timed off-leash dog area at Canning and Neill Street Reserve. 
Recreation and culture  
  • Almost 450,000 visits for gym, group fitness, seasonal pool, swimming lessons, stadium sports, meeting rooms, and children’s sports programs at Carlton Baths and Carlton Learning Precinct. 
  • Welcomed 200,000 visitors to the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre each year for education programs, makerspace, community space, computer access and more. 

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Doing what counts in the CBD

narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services opened offering education programs, makerspace, community space, access to computers and more

You told us that a greater sense of safety in your streets, connection to the community, sustainability and resilience programs, and more support for small business are important priorities to you in the CBD.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure 
  • Opened the new narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services in the Queen Victoria Market Precinct.  
  • Continued to restore the Queen Victoria Market precinct with the Queen’s Food Hall upgrade and surrounding works on Therry Street. 
  • Installed floating wetlands and commenced the first stage of works on the Greenline Project to transform the banks of the Yarra River – Birrarung.  
  • Improved streetscapes and footpaths, including on Little Lonsdale Street, Hardware Lane stage one, Exhibition Street, and the Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct.  
  • Commenced Princes Bridge restoration works. 
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths. 
Safety and city cleaning  
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal contract to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily. 
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.   
  • Expanded the Safe City Cameras program as part of a partnership with Victoria Police, traders and residents. 
  • Installed security bollards at the Swanston and Flinders streets intersection. 
Boosting our economy   
  • Our Business Concierge team continued to support businesses, small, large, or just starting. Last financial year, we had more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality, and supported 51 small businesses to start-up.  
  • Invested more than $4 million in business support and activation including grant programs providing a launchpad to grow and establish businesses including Mr Cuff, McIntyre Merino and Rialto Renaissance. 
  • Funded precinct associations over $3 million, including City Precinct Inc and Melbourne Chinatown Association, for them to deliver business development initiatives and promote the municipality’s unique offerings. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure.  
  • In 2023, we enticed more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events – pumping $152 million into the economy. 
The new Queen’s Food Hall opened with exciting new food offerings for market patrons
Community wellbeing 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality.  
  • Provided than 1100 Maternal and Child Health appointments to families at various sites in the CBD.  
  • Supported long-standing resident groups, including Residents 3000, Eastenders and Drill Hall residents’ association.  
  • Launched the connection and wellbeing map to support community participation, inclusion and connection. 
  • Supported the Prevention of Violence against Women in Multicultural Communities event with a Connected Communities grant. 
  • Provided fresh produce to local community members through Farms to Families activations in partnership with Foodbank Victoria. 
Sustainability and city greening  
  • Conducted a food waste collection trial in high rise buildings. 
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve community access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation by mid-2024, including one in the CBD. 
  • Maintained eight public parks and spaces and two playgrounds in the CBD including Birrarung Marr, Batman Park and Enterprize Park. 
Arts and culture  
  • Provided creative opportunities for the next generation of creatives at ArtPlay and Signal.  
  • Fostered creative industries in the city, including providing lower-than-market rent for four new creative businesses on Elizabeth Street.  
  • Welcomed 319,000 people each year into City Library. narrm ngarrgu Library opened offering education programs, makerspace, community space, access to computers and much more.   
  • Supported local activities like Melbourne Gig Workers Meetup and a youth coding program through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program. 
  • Delivered the Event Partnerships Program supporting events such as the Victorian Festival of Diwali, the Night Noodle Markets, Polish Festival at Federation Square, and the Dinner of Friendship Iftar celebration during Ramadan.  
  • Partnered with Australian South Asian Centre to hold an inclusive arts program for women.  
Recreation 
  • More than 430,000 visits to Melbourne City Baths for gym, group fitness, seasonal pool, swimming lessons, squash, facility hire, Mikvah Bathhouse and more.   
  • Commenced the Swimm(h)er Program to prioritise safety, privacy, and inclusivity for women and girls learning to swim.  
  • Launched the FitSkills program to connect people with Down syndrome with volunteer partners for twice-weekly exercise sessions for improved health and wellbeing, and a greater sense of community belonging. 

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Doing what counts in Docklands

Maintaining our marinas ensures our waterfront city is safe and accessible for everyone who lives in, works in or visits Docklands

You told us that a greater sense of safety in your streets, connection to the community, increased recreation through sport and wellbeing programs, and more support for small business are important priorities for you in Docklands.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure  
  • Upgraded Australia Wharf to improve the health of the Yarra River – Birrarung, improving conditions for charter vessels to dock. 
  • Delivered a pocket park at Yanonung Quay in partnership with the Metro Tunnel Creative Program and the Victorian Government.  
  • Committed funds towards the North Melbourne, West Melbourne and Docklands Transport and Amenity Program to improve the streetscape and help alleviate and leverage some of the effects and benefits of the West Gate Tunnel Project.  
  • Commenced works on the new Seafarers Rest Park in partnership with the developer, Riverlee, and the Victorian Government. 
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths. 
Safety and city cleaning  
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.  
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.  
  • In addition to our Safe City Camera network, we worked with our business community, encouraging them to maintain their own security equipment – including lighting and CCTV cameras – to enhance safety in and around a property. 
Boosting our economy 
  • Our Business Concierge team continued to support businesses, small, large, or just starting. Last financial year, we had more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality. 
  • Invested over $4 million in business support and activation, including the Shopfront Activation and Small Business Grant programs which provided a launchpad for businesses in Docklands including Yesign, Kindred Cameras, and Your Locals. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure. 
Year-round Docklands is a magnet for people to enjoy our waterways
Community wellbeing  
  • Launched the Docklands Stakeholder Group, with a focus on Safer Neighbourhoods, Community Connection and Docklands as a Distinct Water Precinct. 
  • Supported local activities, including Docklands Mahjong Club, Docklands Community Garden compost project and Yarra’s Edge Community Cleaning team through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program. 
  • Invested in initiatives such as Docklands Owners Corporation Network and Dragons Abreast Dragon Boat Group to benefit the local community. 
  • Collaborated with agencies to reduce noise pollution in Docklands, ensuring the area remains a vibrant hub of activity where residents, businesses and visitors can enjoy.  
  • Integrated three toy libraries – free to access with a City of Melbourne library membership – with one site at Library at the Dock. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality. 
  • Provided than 6700 Maternal and Child Health appointments to families at Community Hub at the Dock. 
  • Launched the Connection and Wellbeing Map to support community participation, inclusion and connection. 
Arts and culture  
  • Supported Diverse Docklands Anthem – an inclusive arts program bringing residents together to write songs and share stories.  
  • Welcomed 127,000 visitors each year to Library at the Dock for education programs, Makerspace, community space, computer access and more. 
  • Delivered the Event Partnership Program, encompassing Run Melbourne, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and Melbourne Whiskey Week. 
  • In 2023, we enticed more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events, including Firelight Festival in Docklands – pumping $152 million into the economy.  
Sustainability and city greening 
  • Facilitated water management solutions to reduce flooding and pollution in the bay, the Yarra River – Birrarung and Moonee Ponds Creek. 
  • Conducted a food waste collection trial in two high-rise buildings in Docklands.  
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve community access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation mid-2024, including one in Docklands. 
  • Maintained 16 public parks and six playgrounds, including Point Park on Yarra’s Edge and Ron Barassi Senior Park at New Quay. 
Recreation and waterways  
  • Managed Melbourne City Marina, Yarra’s Edge Marina, the community boating hub, berth licensing, and marina leases to help attract more visitors and boost local business. 
  • Hosted more than 68,000 visits to the Hub Docklands, including our public access sports courts. 
  • Welcomed Docklands Soccer Club, opening up more sporting opportunities for the whole community.  

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Doing what counts in East Melbourne

We invest in maintaining our parks and gardens in East Melbourne as we know the important role they play in our community’s health and wellbeing

You told us that a greater sense of safety on your streets, improved green waste management and recycling, more support for local businesses, and increased activities that foster diversity, inclusion and connection in the community are important priorities for you in East Melbourne.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure  
  • Completed the Albert Street bike lane, filling a critical gap in the protected lane route. 
  • Consulted the community on East Melbourne and Jolimont pedestrian and road safety improvements. 
  • Installed outdoor exercise equipment at Powlett Reserve to support community health and fitness.  
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths.  
Safety and city cleaning 
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.  
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year. 
  • Installed new lights at Hotham Walk, improving safety for the local community. 
Boosting our economy 
  • Continued to support businesses through our Business Concierge team, with more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality last financial year. 
  • Invested more than $4 million in grant funding to support local business owners and activation including local film production house Regen Studios. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure. 
East Melbourne Library continues to provide opportunities for community members to connect
Community wellbeing and culture 
  • Supported local activities such as the community garden at East Melbourne Library, and community picnics through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program. 
  • Invested in local initiatives, such as the East Melbourne Historical Society, East Melbourne Neighbour Group, and East Melbourne Group Inc to benefit the local community. 
  • Welcomed 50,000 visitors to the East Melbourne Library each year for education programs, community space, computer access and more. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality. 
  • Launched the Connection and Wellbeing Map to support community participation, inclusion and connection.   
Sustainability and city greening 
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve community access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation mid-2024.  
  • Maintained 16 public parks and spaces, and three playgrounds including Treasury Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens and Powlett Reserve.  

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Doing what counts in Kensington

We carried out a neighbourhood parking review in Kensington to make parking simpler and fairer

You told us that building neighbourhood resilience, improving parking, road safety and transport, developing a circular economy, more shopping and dining options, and creating a more connected community are important priorities for you in Kensington.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure  
  • Started redevelopment of the Kensington Community Aquatic and Recreation Centre, with a 25-metre pool, gym, and indoor sports courts.  
  • Upgraded JJ Holland Park with path upgrades and a new play area, providing a better-connected space.  
  • Delivered community consultations on the Macaulay Road and Arden Street bike lanes to inform a proposal to install protected bike lanes.  
  • Consulted the community on Kensington and North Melbourne pedestrian safety improvements to inform future actions.  
  • Commenced neighbourhood parking reviews in Kensington, to make parking simpler and fairer 
  • Upgraded Stubbs Street pump station 1 to increase drainage capacity and help prevent flooding in storm events. 
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths. 
Safety and city cleaning 
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.  
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.  
  • In addition to our Safe City Camera network, we worked with our business community, encouraging them to maintain their own security equipment – including lighting and CCTV cameras – to enhance safety in and around a property.  
Boosting the economy  
  • Our Business Concierge team continued to support businesses, small, large, or just starting. Last financial year, we had more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality. 
  • Invested more than $4 million in grant funding to support local business owners and activation like soon to open Peekabras. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure. 
  • Provided training, mentoring and networking to help people develop their entrepreneurial skills through the To-LEAP program. 
An aerial render of the new Kensington Community Aquatic and Recreation Centre
An artist’s impression of the new Kensington Community Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Community wellbeing  
  • Supported 18 local initiatives in Kensington through our Connected Neighbourhood Small Grants program, including the Davis Street and Eastwood Street community gardens, Unison’s Housing ‘Growing Stronger Communities Together’ activities, and Kensington Reconciliation Action Group. 
  • Provided more than $100,000 annually to support Kensington Neighbourhood House to run programs and activities for the local community.  
  • Supported community events and programs with funding, including United Through Football and Cultural Festival, and Kensington Life Support Program at the Neighbourhood House.  
  • Funded The Drum to deliver youth services, including education and employment pathways for young people. 
  • Managed the Kensington Neighbourhood Centre, supporting the delivery of community activities and services. 
  • Through the YMCA, managed the Kensington Town Hall for community activities and bookings. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality. 
  • Provided than 3700 Maternal and Child Health appointments to families at various sites in Kensington. 
  • Launched the Connection and Wellbeing Map to support community participation, inclusion and connection. 
  • Invested in community groups such as Flemington and Kensington RSL, Association and Horn of Africa Senior Women’s Association, Chinese Friendship Association, and Stockyard Food Garden to benefit the local community. 
  • Supported local compost hubs at Kensington Estate and Kensington Town Hall. 
  • Supported the creation of the monthly Kensington Community Fresh Food Market. 
Arts and culture 
  • In 2023, we enticed more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events, including Spanish Language Fiesta, Public Housing Eid Festival, and Somali Day Australia Festival – pumping $152 million into the economy. 
Sustainability and city greening 
  • Upgraded Stubbs Street pump station to increase drainage capacity and help prevent flooding in storm events.  
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation by mid-2024.  
  • Maintained more than 29 public parks and spaces and 12 playgrounds including JJ Holland Park, Bellair St Reserve (Skinny Park) and the Womens Peace Garden. 
  • Supported the provision of local compost hubs at Kensington Estate and Kensington Town Hall.  
  • Upgraded irrigation at Childers Street to ensure nearby trees can continue to thrive and grow. 
  • Planted 120 trees along the Maribyrnong River, improving the air quality and health of the local area. 
Recreation 
  • Managed sporting facilities in Kensington including the JJ Holland Park sporting fields, skate park and BMX track, and Kensington Flemington Bowls Club. 
  • Purchased 70-90 Chelmsford Street to transform into a recreational space where people can play, exercise, and connect with nature.  

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Doing what counts in North Melbourne

We consulted with the community about North Melbourne pedestrian safety improvements

You told us that building neighbourhood resilience, improving parking, road safety and transport, developing a circular economy, more shopping and dining options, and creating a more connected community are important priorities for you in North Melbourne.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure  
  • Delivered community consultations on the Macaulay Road and Arden Street bike lanes to inform a proposal to install protected bike lanes.  
  • Consulted the community on Kensington and North Melbourne pedestrian safety improvements to inform future actions.  
  • Committed funds towards the North Melbourne, West Melbourne and Docklands Transport and Amenity Program to help alleviate the effects of the West Gate Tunnel Project. 
  • Started works to deliver Bedford Street Pocket Park – providing more open space, a playground and barbeque facilities for the growing community. 
  • Introduced trees, plants and public seating in Errol Street as part of a trial greening project. 
  • Renewed and maintained assets including parks, infrastructure and buildings. 
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths. 
Safety and city cleaning 
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.  
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.  
  • Reduced the speed limit on local streets across North and West Melbourne to 40 km/h, creating safer streets for the local community.  
  • In addition to our Safe City Camera network, we worked with our business community, encouraging them to maintain their own security equipment – including lighting and CCTV cameras – to enhance safety in and around a property.  
Boosting the economy 
  • Our Business Concierge team continued to support businesses, small, large, or just starting. Last financial year, we had more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality. 
  • Invested more than $4 million in grant funding to support local business owners and activation across the municipality. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure. 
  • Provided training, mentoring and networking to help people develop their entrepreneurial skills through the To-LEAP program. 
We supported local activities in North Melbourne through our Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program
Community wellbeing  
  • Supported local activities like Healing Minds through Music, and North Melbourne Language and Learning events on the topics of gardening and cooking through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program. 
  • Invested in programs and initiatives such as the TO-LEAP program and river Nile Learning Centre to upskill local community to grow entrepreneurial skills. 
  • Supported North and West Melbourne Association and Senior Citizens, African community Elderly Centre, Chinese Association and and Spanish Speaking Elderly Group with operational costs. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality. 
  • Provided than 4700 Maternal and Child Health appointments to families at various sites in North Melbourne. 
  • Launched the Connection and Wellbeing Map to support community participation, inclusion and connection. 
  • Integrated three toy libraries – free to access with a City of Melbourne library membership – with one site at Hotham Hub on Melrose Street.
Arts and culture
  • Welcomed 123,000 visitors each year to North Melbourne Library for education programs, computer access and more.  
  • In 2023, we enticed more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events, including Spanish Language Fiesta, Public Housing Eid Festival, and Somali Day Australia Festival – pumping $152 million into the economy. 
Sustainability and city greening 
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation by mid-2024.  
  • Maintained 12 public parks and spaces and 4 playgrounds including Gardiner Park. 
  • Planted large canopy trees and plants and widened the nature strip along Provost and Little Provost streets as part of the Urban Forest Strategy, improving the liveability of the area for generations to come. 
Recreation 
  • Welcomed more than 420,00 visitors each year to the North Melbourne Community Centre and North Melbourne Recreation Centre for sports, gym and group fitness and pools. 
  • Purchased 70-90 Chelmsford Street to transform into a recreational space where people can play, exercise, and connect with nature. 
  • Commenced the Swimm(h)er Program to prioritise safety, privacy, and inclusivity for women and girls learning to swim. 

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Doing what counts in Parkville

Royal Park is the largest public open space in the City of Melbourne

You told us that building neighbourhood resilience, improving parking, road safety and transport, developing a circular economy, more shopping and dining options, and creating a more connected community are important priorities for you in Parkville.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure  
  • Constructed two new pavilions in Royal Park – Western and Brens pavilions, and delivering another – Ryder Pavilion, increasing participation in sport for women, girls, and non-binary people.  
  • Upgraded lighting at Princes Park and Royal Park. 
  • Resurfaced the Royal Park Tennis Club car park. 
  • A heritage review has secured the future of some important local buildings for years to come, including the redevelopment of the pavilions in Royal Park. 
  • Renewed and maintained assets including parks, infrastructure and buildings.  
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths. 
Safety and city cleaning 
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.  
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.  
  • In addition to our Safe City Camera network, we worked with our business community, encouraging them to maintain their own security equipment – including lighting and CCTV cameras – to enhance safety in and around a property.  
Boosting the economy  
  • Our Business Concierge team continued to support businesses, small, large, or just starting. Last financial year, we had more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality. 
  • Invested more than $4 million in grant funding to support local business owners and activation across the municipality. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure. 
  • Provided training, mentoring and networking to help people develop their entrepreneurial skills through the To-LEAP program. 
The new Brens Pavillion is making sport more accessible to women and girls
Community wellbeing  
  • Supported local activities like Melbourne University Netball Club First Nations education, Women’s Futsal Clinics and University of Melbourne Baseball Club building bonds program through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program. 
  • Invested programs and initiatives such as Friends of Royal Park and Parkville Gardens Residents Association to benefit the local community.   
  • Teamed up with Deakin Melbourne Boomers to support the Mama Ball program in Parkville. Led by the Boomers, this inclusive basketball skills and fitness initiative for women and non-binary players. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality. 
  • Launched the Connection and Wellbeing Map to support community participation, inclusion and connection. 
Arts and culture 
  • In 2023, we enticed more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events, including Spanish Language Fiesta, Public Housing Eid Festival, and Somali Day Australia Festival – pumping $152 million into the economy. 
Sustainability and city greening 
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve community access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation by mid-2024.   
  • Maintained 13 public parks and spaces and 4 playgrounds including the largest open space in the municipality, Royal Park, also home to the Nature Play playspace. 
Recreation 
  • Managed sports fields at Royal Park which cater to 26 community sports organisations as well as school programs. 
  • Hosted over 130,000 rounds of golf at the Royal Park Golf Course. 

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Doing what counts in Southbank

We’ve been upgrading Southbank Promenade to make it safer and more accessible for all

You told us that greater pedestrian and road safety, sustainable living, parks and open spaces, and cleaner streets are important priorities to you in Southbank.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure 
  • Upgraded Southbank Promenade to create a safer, more accessible space with better lighting, new seating and bluestone paving, and reconfigured stairs and ramps between promenade levels. 
  • Improved Southbank Boulevard with a new playspace, lawn areas, barbecues, more trees, landscaping and walkways, infrastructure for outdoor events, and better lighting.  
  • Created one of Australia’s most pedestrian-friendly places with a total of 22,000 square metres of open space along Southbank Boulevard.  
  • Started works to deliver Dodds Street Linear Park, providing more open space in the heart of Melbourne’s Art Precinct. 
  • Completed the City Road dog park, providing a safe enclosed space for dogs to play and make new friends. 
  • Upgraded the City Road skate space along Hannah Street, with new walls and surfaces suitable for skating. 
  • To make parking simpler and fairer, we conducted a neighbourhood parking review and rolled out improvements in Southbank.  
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths. 
Safety and city cleaning 
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.  
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.  
  • In addition to our Safe City Camera network, we worked with our business community, encouraging them to maintain their own security equipment – including lighting and CCTV cameras – to enhance safety in and around a property. 
Boosting the economy 
  • Our Business Concierge team continued to support businesses, small, large, or just starting. Last financial year, we had more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality. 
  • Invested more than $4 million in grant funding to support local business owners and activation across the municipality. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure.  
Each year, more than 65,000 people visit Southbank Library at Boyd Community Hub
Community wellbeing   
  • Supported local groups and activities, including the Freshwater Place Gardening Group, Flowers and Fairies workshop, and Victoria Tower residents’ engagement through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program. 
  • Invested in operational support to Southbank3006 and Southbank Residents Association to benefit the local community.
  • Supported Queer Formal Melbourne under 18s event, Launch Housing Outdoor Gym, Somali Day Australia Festival and Yarra Yarra Rowing Club. 
  • Partnered with the Active Southbank Community Association to deliver the community festival FAB Southbank, promoting inclusion in the community. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality. 
  • Provided more than 6,200 Maternal and Child Health appointments to families at Boyd Community Hub. 
  • Launched the Connection and Wellbeing Map to support community participation, inclusion and connection.  
Arts and culture 
  • Welcomed 65,000 visitors each year to Southbank Library for education programs, community space, computer access, and more.  
  • Delivered the Event Partnership Program, including ANZAC Day and the Melbourne United Multicultural Festival. 
  • In 2023, we enticed more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events – pumping $152 million into the economy. 
Sustainability and city greening  
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation by mid-2024, including one in Southbank. 
  • Maintained 13 public parks and spaces, including the newly completed play space in Southbank. 
  • Facilitated water management projects to improve green spaces and reduce flooding around Yarra River – Birrarung. 

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Doing what counts in South Yarra

We reviewed parking around the Royal Botanic Gardens to make it simpler and fairer

You told us that creating a diverse and thriving neighbourhood economy, easy navigation and accessibility within the area, and more designated community spaces are important priorities to you in South Yarra.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure 
  • Upgraded Fawkner Park with much-needed drainage improvements, a new multi-purpose sports court and playground, upgraded landscaping, lighting works and a grander entrance to this premier facility. 
  • Completed the South Yarra Heritage Review to protect and celebrate heritage places.  
  • To make parking simpler and fairer, we conducted a neighbourhood parking review in the Royal Botanic Gardens precinct.  
  • Commenced Princes Bridge restoration works. 
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths. 
Safety and city cleaning 
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.  
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.  
  • In addition to our Safe City Camera network, we worked with our business community, encouraging them to maintain their own security equipment – including lighting and CCTV cameras – to enhance safety in and around a property. 
Boosting the economy 
  • Our Business Concierge team continued to support businesses, small, large, or just starting. Last financial year, we had more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality. 
  • Invested more than $4 million in grant funding to support local business owners and activation across the municipality. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure.  
We support community activities like intergenerational tai chi in Fawkner Park
Community wellbeing   
  • Supported local activities, including a nature play session through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program. 
  • Invested in programs and initiatives including the South Yarra Residents’ Group and Toorak Prahran Cricket Club. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality. 
  • Launched the Connection and Wellbeing Map to support community participation, inclusion and connection.  
Arts and culture 
  • Delivered The Long Walk, a free community event at Alexandra Gardens, bringing people together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
  • Delivered the Mother’s Day Classic activation for the local community, which included kid’s activities, entertainment, food, live music, and performers.  
  • In 2023, we enticed more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events – pumping $152 million into the economy. 
Sustainability and city greening  
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation by mid-2024. 
  •  Maintained 12 public parks and spaces, including Fawkner Park and the Domain Parklands which is home to Alexandra Gardens. 
  • Facilitated water management projects to improve green spaces and reduce flooding around Yarra River – Birrarung. 
Recreation 
  • Installed two new digital clocks at the iconic Tan Track to further encourage use of this popular running route.  
  • Managed Riverslide Skate Park with supervised lessons and events, welcoming 110,000 visitors each year.  

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Doing what counts in West Melbourne

A green park in West Melbourne
We maintain 14 public parks and three playgrounds in West Melbourne

You told us that building neighbourhood resilience, improving parking, road safety and transport, developing a circular economy, more shopping and dining options, and creating a more connected community are important priorities for you in West Melbourne.

Here’s what we’ve delivered in your neighbourhood over the past three years.

Capital works and city infrastructure  
  • Committed funds towards the North Melbourne, West Melbourne and Docklands Transport and Amenity Program to improve the streetscape and help alleviate and leverage some of the effects and benefits of the West Gate Tunnel Project. 
  • Committed funds towards works on the Angliss Stock Bridge repairs. 
  • Commenced neighbourhood parking reviews in West Melbourne, to make parking simpler and fairer. 
  • Across the municipality, renewed more than 59,000m2 of roads and 26,000m2 of footpaths. 
Safety and city cleaning 
  • Launched a new 24/7 cleaning and graffiti removal service to ensure the city always looks its best for residents, workers and visitors, with response times halved and graffiti hotspots monitored daily.  
  • Across the municipality, in the last year, removed more than 112,000m2 of graffiti – the equivalent to five MCG’s worth – and collected 1,568 tonnes of dumped rubbish – 32 per cent more than the previous year.  
  • Reduced the speed limit on local streets across West Melbourne to 40 km/h, creating safer streets for the local community.  
  • In addition to our Safe City Camera network, we worked with our business community, encouraging them to maintain their own security equipment – including lighting and CCTV cameras – to enhance safety in and around a property.  
Boosting the economy 
  • Our Business Concierge team continued to support businesses, small, large, or just starting. Last financial year, we had more than 13,000 contacts with businesses across the municipality. 
  • Invested more than $4 million in grant funding to support local business owners and activation including Willows and Wine and Supaw Pet Bakery. 
  • Attracted 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure. 
  • Provided training, mentoring and networking to help people develop their entrepreneurial skills through the To-LEAP program. 
Three people. One is holding a cake, one is holding a dog.
We’ve supported our traders like the Supaw Pet Bakery with Small Business Grants
Community wellbeing  
  • Supported local activities like social connectedness for international students and a chatty cafe program through the Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants program   
  • Invested in initiatives such as North and West Melbourne Association and Senior Citizens to benefit the local community. 
  • Partnered with Hair Aid to provide community haircuts in Flagstaff for those in need. 
  • Partnered with Second Chance Animal Rescue to provide pet support. 
  • Funded The Drum to deliver youth services, including education and employment pathways for young people. 
  • Administered immunisations to more than 12,000 people at sites across the municipality.  
  • Launched the Connection and Wellbeing Map to support community participation, inclusion and connection. 
Arts and culture 
  • Managed River Studios, accommodating 60 affordable artist studios as well as Unit 4 River Studios, which provides one factory makerspace. 
  • In 2023, we enticed more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events, including Spanish Language Fiesta, Public Housing Eid Festival, and Somali Day Australia Festival – pumping $152 million into the economy.  
Sustainability and city greening 
  • Maintained 14 public parks and spaces and 3 playgrounds including the historically significant Flagstaff Gardens. 
  • Planning to expand green space and create a 1000 square metre park along Roden Street is underway. 
  • Implemented a food waste service trial in one high rise building in West Melbourne. 
  • Planted 120 trees along the Maribyrnong River, improving the air quality and health of the local area. 
  • Progressed our Power Melbourne initiative to improve community access to affordable renewable electricity, with three batteries scheduled for installation by mid-2024 
Recreation 
  • Managed the Flagstaff Multipurpose Courts and the City of Melbourne Bowls Club. 

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