More green, less grey for Moonee Ponds

Thursday, 16 August 2018

A multi-million dollar makeover incorporating a range of streetscape projects in local streets and a new community space in a busy transport junction are planned for Moonee Ponds over the next 10 years.

The initiatives are among a number of strategies endorsed by Moonee Valley City Council as it works to address the challenges of the high level of development throughout the area.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said the streetscape projects will ensure local neighbourhoods are healthy, liveable and resilient.

“This will include making streets more pedestrian friendly through raised pedestrian crossings or wider footpaths, and making the streets more attractive with tree planting, rain gardens, street furniture and feature paving,” Cr Sipek said.

“Decisions on major developments are often made by third parties, so Council needs to do its best to ensure Moonee Ponds remains a healthy and great place to visit, live and work in.”

Council officers are also continuing to work on a review of the planning controls in the area and the provision of open space and public areas to best plan for the future of the busy centre.

Portfolio holder for Planning and Environment Cr Nicole Marshall said Council also plans to develop 605 Mount Alexander Road into a community space.

“This property, in the busy Moonee Ponds Junction, is surrounded by buildings and infrastructure so we want to inject some much needed green space into the area” Cr Marshall said.

“We want the community to have a sense of ownership in shaping the direction of their neighbourhoods, so we will be seeking input from residents and traders as we address issues brought about by development such as congestion and greater demand for parking and open spaces.”

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM