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Macaulay: a new neighbourhood for the inner north

An illustration of a green and leafy suburban street.

Melbourne’s newest precinct, Macaulay, is set to become a thriving hub for workers, residents and businesses within Kensington and North Melbourne.

A vibrant, bustling and sustainable neighbourhood is set to appear on the doorstep of the CBD.

Our vision – set out in the Macaulay Structure Plan 2021 – is to transform 90 hectares within Kensington and North Melbourne into a mixed-use, mid-rise precinct.

Macaulay will draw on the area’s unique existing character while greening the streets with canopy trees, adding world-class amenities, and superb cycling, walking and public transport links.

Thousands of jobs will be created over the life of the project, attracting a variety of workers including tradies, designers and startup entrepreneurs as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

Our plan promotes high-quality, well-designed developments, adds more open space and enhances the Moonee Ponds Creek.

Macaulay will provide access to new community infrastructure and local activity centres, and more affordable and diverse housing.

Deputy Lord Mayor Nicholas Reece said the structure plan cements our vision for Macaulay as a neighbourhood full of shops, services and jobs, connected by walkable streets and great public transport.

‘In creating this structure plan we’ve looked carefully at some of the leading new urban development projects around the world – from Barcelona to Copenhagen and Manchester,’ the Deputy Lord Mayor said.

‘The transformation of Macaulay will show how Melbourne can grow while becoming more liveable and more sustainable – it can be done with good urban planning and an abundance of green open space.’

‘We have worked very hard to protect the heritage character of the area, and sensitively manage the interfaces between existing residential homes and those areas where new gentle density developments will be permitted.’

Environment portfolio lead Councillor Rohan Leppert said a key component of the structure plan will be to deliver more green open spaces for residents.

‘With backyards shrinking and our population growing, it’s never been more important for us to provide green open spaces for the community,’ Cr Leppert said.

‘A key feature of the Macaulay Structure Plan includes future-proofing against the impacts of climate change.

‘We’ve strived to create a climate-ready precinct and adaptable neighbourhood that prioritises accelerated emissions reduction actions and supports the transition to renewable energy.’

For more information, visit Macaulay.

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