West Footscray and Maidstone Neighbourhood Plan

Consultation has concluded

Thank you to all those who have provided feedback on the Issues and Opportunities Paper through the various engagement channels available. Here is a summary of what we've heard so far.


How have we connected?

Council has engaged with the community via online surveying and forums, community drop in sessions and interactive map displays at local community centres and libaries, meetings with key stakeholders and a community workshops. We have also drawn on relevant data from the recent Council Plan consultation to supplement this engagement strategy.

These engagement opportunities have led to over 500 responses to surveys and face to face meetings.

Who have we heard from?

In addition to hearing from hundreds of local residents we have met with key stakeholders including Maidstone and West Footscray Resident Action Group (MAWFRAG), Western Bulldogs, Victoria University, Western Hospital and West Footscray Traders Association. We have also run tailored activities with a local English as an Additional Language class, and year six students from Footscray West Primary School.

What has been said?

Proposed principles

Over 70% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with all of the principles identified in the Issues and Opportunities Paper. Additional suggestions included ensuring sustainability features as an underlying principle, supplementing existing principles to include ‘a high level of amenity’, ‘a great place to work’ and ‘access south of the railway corridor’.

Prominent themes emerging from community consultation in addition to the issues and opportunities documented in the Paper.

Focus area 1 - Mobile and connected

  • disconnection of suburb north and south of the train line
  • improved safety on Barkly Street for pedestrians and cyclists
  • provision of improved cycling infrastructure
  • desire for safe cycling and walking options across major roads
  • improved connections to and cycling infrastructure at train stations
  • improve safety for school children commuting to Footscray West and Kingsville Primary Schools and Footscray City College
  • improve walking, cycling and bus connections to Highpoint and Footscray
  • reduce traffic and parking impacts

Focus area 2 - Growth and prosperity

  • planning measures to deliver higher quality buildings
  • improved amenity of shopping strips
  • better utilisation of vacant land
  • industrial land provides employment but can be detrimental to residential amenity
  • focus on services and surrounding the Whitten Oval precinct

Focus area 3 - Quality places and spaces

  • creation of a focal point and improved amenity south of the railway line
  • greening the suburb through a variety of approaches (tree planting, community gardens, planting in industrial areas, nature strip gardens)
  • provision of a central gathering space in Barkly Village
  • services and community infrastructure must match projected growth (particularly noting RecWest and West Footscray Library and Neighbourhood House)
  • Council support for community led projects
  • improve public safety and amenity around train stations
  • lack of open space in the north eastern and central western pockets of the plan area

To understand all of the topics raised in the Issues and Opportunities Paper you can download the document on the right.

Next steps

Council will now utilise this feedback to investigate appropriate methods to address the issues raised and develop the Draft Neighbourhood Plan which will be released for further comment in April 2018.

Thank you to all those who have provided feedback on the Issues and Opportunities Paper through the various engagement channels available. Here is a summary of what we've heard so far.


How have we connected?

Council has engaged with the community via online surveying and forums, community drop in sessions and interactive map displays at local community centres and libaries, meetings with key stakeholders and a community workshops. We have also drawn on relevant data from the recent Council Plan consultation to supplement this engagement strategy.

These engagement opportunities have led to over 500 responses to surveys and face to face meetings.

Who have we heard from?

In addition to hearing from hundreds of local residents we have met with key stakeholders including Maidstone and West Footscray Resident Action Group (MAWFRAG), Western Bulldogs, Victoria University, Western Hospital and West Footscray Traders Association. We have also run tailored activities with a local English as an Additional Language class, and year six students from Footscray West Primary School.

What has been said?

Proposed principles

Over 70% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with all of the principles identified in the Issues and Opportunities Paper. Additional suggestions included ensuring sustainability features as an underlying principle, supplementing existing principles to include ‘a high level of amenity’, ‘a great place to work’ and ‘access south of the railway corridor’.

Prominent themes emerging from community consultation in addition to the issues and opportunities documented in the Paper.

Focus area 1 - Mobile and connected

  • disconnection of suburb north and south of the train line
  • improved safety on Barkly Street for pedestrians and cyclists
  • provision of improved cycling infrastructure
  • desire for safe cycling and walking options across major roads
  • improved connections to and cycling infrastructure at train stations
  • improve safety for school children commuting to Footscray West and Kingsville Primary Schools and Footscray City College
  • improve walking, cycling and bus connections to Highpoint and Footscray
  • reduce traffic and parking impacts

Focus area 2 - Growth and prosperity

  • planning measures to deliver higher quality buildings
  • improved amenity of shopping strips
  • better utilisation of vacant land
  • industrial land provides employment but can be detrimental to residential amenity
  • focus on services and surrounding the Whitten Oval precinct

Focus area 3 - Quality places and spaces

  • creation of a focal point and improved amenity south of the railway line
  • greening the suburb through a variety of approaches (tree planting, community gardens, planting in industrial areas, nature strip gardens)
  • provision of a central gathering space in Barkly Village
  • services and community infrastructure must match projected growth (particularly noting RecWest and West Footscray Library and Neighbourhood House)
  • Council support for community led projects
  • improve public safety and amenity around train stations
  • lack of open space in the north eastern and central western pockets of the plan area

To understand all of the topics raised in the Issues and Opportunities Paper you can download the document on the right.

Next steps

Council will now utilise this feedback to investigate appropriate methods to address the issues raised and develop the Draft Neighbourhood Plan which will be released for further comment in April 2018.