Construction starts on Malop Street Green Spine
Posted 6 July 2017
The Green Spine will deliver significant change to central Geelong’s Malop Street, as a spectacular eight metre wide ‘botanic walk’ is built along the south side of the street.
Funding of $8 million for stage 1 has been contributed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the City of Greater Geelong and Regional Development Victoria.
The botanic walk will include a rich mix of native, indigenous and exotic plantings as well as new seating options to create an enjoyable space for people to eat, sit, relax and watch the world go by.
Bikes will have a higher level of priority, with one-way separated bike lanes on both sides of the street, making it safer for those exploring or commuting by bicycle.
The north side of Malop Street will receive an upgrade in 2018 with additional trees, garden beds and seating.
The south side is due for completion before the busy Christmas period.
All businesses will be open during works with pedestrian and vehicle access maintained throughout Malop Street.
Christine Couzens, Member for Geelong
The Green Spine is a key component of the Victorian Government’s Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan to make the CBD a vibrant place to live, work and relax.
Stage 1, between Moorabool and Yarra Streets is the first block to be constructed, starting the connection between Johnstone Park and Eastern Park.
The Victorian Government wants to see more people living and working in the city, and projects like these will transform central Geelong into a place where more people want to work, shop, dine and linger, more of the time.
Peter Dorling, Administrator, City of Greater Geelong
This project, with its eight metre wide botanic walk, delivers an attraction to Geelong which will be unique. There’ll be nothing like it anywhere else in Australia.