Council is moving into the next phase of planning for the Civic and Community Precinct with the first schematics providing an idea of how the renovated Town Hall might look.

The architects have taken on board initial community thinking for an inviting environment that can be accessed in a COVIDSafe way for a range of uses; retains the beauty and character of the exiting building along with green initiatives like solar lighting and recycled materials, and as much green space as possible.

Your feedback has been incorporated into these early concepts, which leverage four key design principles - artists impression only:

1. Community and Flow

A new flexible community foyer and forum space with direct access to community spaces providing a key link and interface between the Town Hall, new civic building and community park.

2. Heritage and Culture

Unlocking and celebrating the full potential of the Town Hall returning the building to public life and restoring the connection between the community and civic centre of the municipality.

3. Health and Resilience

For high levels of health, sustainability and flexibility in the built form.

4. Identity and Place

With an elegant, two-sided façade proposed to frame the community park welcoming the community and enhancing the Town Hall.

Note: the above illustrations shown are for illustrative purposes only. We’re still working on the design for the community park with a view to incorporating both hard and soft surfaces for active and passive activities.

Further information

You can see more design detail in the Documents.

Have your say

Please take the time to review the designs and let us know what you think by completing the survey below.


Share your stories

Memory book

Footscray Town Hall has played a significant role in our City’s development – from hosting meetings of elected officials to public meetings and events – with the current reception room also doubling as a ballroom at one time.

We're keen to capture your stories to support the creation of a memory book that will not only celebrate the historic building but also share insight into the changing face of our City from early pre-war Footscray to our post-millennium diverse modern community.

Photo courtesy of Melbourne Museum.

We’ve started the ball rolling by posting a couple of stories, photos, and videos below.