The Lae Street Nursery Community Advisory Group was established late last year to lead a conversation around opportunities for enhanced community use of the land at 4 Lae Street, West Footscray, previously home to a Council nursery.

The nursery closed due to the deteriorating condition of the land and the site has only been used to store plants and a few other items in recent years.

The Advisory Group, which is made up of neighbours and nearby residents in West Footscray, has been meeting monthly since the start of this year.

During this time they have reviewed all the available documentation and background information that will influence what is possible on the site, including the Stony Creek Future Directions Plan and Open Space Strategy - along with reports on the status of the land, including soil and heritage reports.

March onsite tour

Images from the March Advisory Group meeting where members were taken on a tour of the former nursery site.

Placemaking ideas developed by Melbourne University students have also been reviewed Advisory Group to understand if they could be supported on the site and be part of future conversations with the wider community during future engagement activities.

You can view the student presentations here.

After reviewing the available documentation, placemaking ideas and group discussions, these are the initial thoughts around elements that could guide the future repurposing of the former nursery site. They focus around the creation of a place that:

  • Is welcoming and involves families, children and future generations
  • Is localised and intimate and supports neighbourhood connections
  • Is integrated with the neighbouring A McDonald Reserve
  • References the relationship with nearby Stony Creek
  • Includes and references indigenous and native flora and fauna
  • References First Nations connection to country and culture
  • References local history/geology.

The Advisory Group is seeking your thoughts on these initial concepts and any other ideas you might have.

Join members on site on Saturday 28 May 2022 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm to be part of the conversation. Find more information on the event here.

To contact the Advisory Group by email: Council’s engagement team are acting as their secretariat and will pass your messages on.

Testing some initial thinking

The Advisory Group is keen to understand if their neighbours and residents within West Footscray support their initial thinking around the things that could guide the future re-purposing of the former nursery site.

Sense Check

Initial Ideas Wall (now closed)