Car Park or Open Space

Thank you for your feedback. The conversation has closed. We'll update you in the coming weeks.

We know open space is highly valued by our community for its trees, as a place to relax and unwind, for children to play, escape from traffic noise and roads, and for overall health and wellbeing.

We've heard the importance of open spaces and a desire for more of them reinforced in a number of recent engagements and in responses to the Annual Community Satisfaction Survey.

On a daily basis, local streets, small local parks, and the Maribyrnong River have previously been identified as the most popular types of open space, which is why we are keen to reconsider the future of a vacant lot near the river's edge in Footscray that was originally earmarked as a formal car park.

Now that the developer who was to undertake the works is no longer proceeding with the project, there is an opportunity to revisit the use of this site and rather than lay tar seal, transform it into lawn and trees providing a space for picnicking, kicking a ball around, or just relaxing close to the River.

Because the site has been used as an informal parking space over the years, we want to hear from immediate neighbours, businesses, and current users to understand if they would support the potential transformation.

We've developed a concept plan to help inform your thinking showing how the area might look, including potential landscaping along one boundary as a buffer between public and private users.

You can give us a quick 'yes' or 'no' indicating your support using the quick poll to the right. You are welcome to also expand on the reasons for your choice in the short form below.

Because the area is identified in endorsed planning documents for car parking, a formal process is required to support any potential change of use.

If the community does not support the shift to open space, Council will seal the area formally establishing the car park as initially recorded in the Footscray RiverEdge Masterplan document.