The revitalisation of Geelong's CBD is one step closer to completion, with another stage of the Green Spine project delivered in time for Christmas.
The section on the north side between Gheringhap and Moorabool Streets is now complete, providing a grand entry to the Green Spine from Johnstone Park and the Geelong Station Precinct.
It features almost 3,000 new trees and shrubs, bluestone paving, seating and tables, improved stormwater drainage and filtration and a single-lane bike path.
A steel decking designed in consultation with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners has also been incorporated to provide a cultural learning opportunity for the community.
The work of BJ O’Toole, a young Wadawurrung artist, has been translated into the design which was then reproduced by the steel fabricators.
The Green Spine is one of the key projects of the 10-year Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan, which will provide a new pedestrian-friendly park along six blocks of Malop Street to deliver major environmental and economic benefits for the CBD.
Detailed planning work to revitalise the remainder of Malop Street is underway, with community and stakeholder consultation on the concept designs to begin in February next year.
The Green Spine is being delivered as part of the $500 million Geelong City Deal, which is a joint commitment from the Australian Government, Victorian Government and City of Greater Geelong to transform Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.
Quote attributable to Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP:
“This is yet another example of the City Deal helping to create vibrant, liveable spaces in Geelong to enhance the visitor experience and community amenity.”
Quotes attributable to Victorian Minister for Regional Development, The Hon Mary-Anne Thomas MP:
“The Green Spine is a city-shaping project that will deliver big benefits to residents, businesses and the environment by creating a major new parkland in Geelong’s CBD.”
“I’m so pleased to see the next stage of this project delivered through the Geelong City Deal is completed just in time for Christmas, which is a great present for the Geelong community.”
Quotes attributable to Senator for Victoria, Senator the Hon Sarah Henderson:
“The Green Spine along Malop Street is really taking shape with another stage being completed just in time for Christmas and the New Year.”
“The community and traders will be able to enjoy this outdoor space with its rich mix of native and exotic plantings, as well as infuse Wadawurrung Traditional Owner culture, beautiful wooden seating and alfresco dining areas.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens MP:
“The Green Spine will increase opportunities for residential development, business and tourism. It will help transform the city into a great place to live, work and visit.”
“Creating a linear park along Malop Street will improve the health and wellbeing of all in central Geelong.”
Reviewed 24 December 2021