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Melville Moreland Shopping Strip upgrade

31 Jan 2023

New seats, trees and a striking mural are just some of the features of the Melville Moreland Shopping Strip upgrade.

Merri-bek City Council designed and constructed the upgrade to make the Brunswick West shopping strip more accessible for local shoppers and in turn improve foot traffic for traders.

The shopping strip at the corner of Moreland and Melville roads now features new footpaths (with a base made from recycled soft plastics), street furniture (made from a composite material of bamboo and recycled plastics), new garden beds, a new seating area, raingarden and 20 new trees.

The Campbell Turnbull Library also features a beautiful new mural by local artist Starlie Geikie.

The shopping strip is popular with seniors, children and parents with prams, so accessibility was a big focus for the project. Council also used local materials and local labour wherever possible and took on great feedback from the community as part of the process.

The $1.2 million works were completed in November 2022 as part of Merri-bek City Council’s Shopping Strip Renewal Program, with $930,000 provided through the Federal Government’s Local Road Community Infrastructure Project.

The community is now invited to come and celebrate the completion of the works at the Campbell Turnbull Library from 11.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 February. Come along for free face painting and coffee and catering vouchers from local traders.