Green Spine – Revitalising Central Geelong
The Green Spine project will transform Malop Street into a vibrant street and linear park, connecting from Johnstone Park to Eastern Park.
The project will deliver more trees and green spaces to the heart of the city, transforming it into an attractive and inviting place: a city in a park.
The first stages of the Green Spine in the commercial heart of the city has been delivered, for the area between Moorabool and Yarra Streets.
The vision for the street is as a ‘Botanic Walk’, with a continuous canopy of trees and a series of different alfresco, seating and gathering spaces along the length of Malop Street, linked by a network of paths.
The plan includes a generous parkland on the south side of the street, creating more places for people to relax, meet friends, shop, eat, walk and play. The north side retains its wide footpaths, with more trees and plantings to complement the south side. The south side development is currently underway.
In addition to greening the street and making it more people friendly, the plan has been updated to reflect the preferred option of separated one-way bike lanes that run with the flow of traffic on either side of the road. This will provide cyclists with a more common bike configuration making it a safer outcome.
The Malop Street Green Spine has a clear point of difference from other regular tree-lined streets within central Geelong, reflected in the plans. Located in the heart of the commercial area, Malop Street has an important social and economic role as the focus of activity, in addition to linking key parklands.
The importance of the project is recognised by both State and Local Government. The concept of the Green Spine was initially identified in Vision 2, as a key catalyst for the revitalisation of the city. The project is one of the top priorities for Council as part of the implementation of the Central Geelong Action Plan.
The plan for the initial stages of the Green Spine has been prepared as part of the Malop to Myers Street Revitalisation Project. Contributions totalling $8 million from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the City of Greater Geelong, and Regional Development Victoria has enabled delivery of the Green Spine within an entire city block, from Moorabool Street to Yarra Street.
This section is ideally suited to the planned alfresco areas catering to busy pedestrian traffic.
Funding for the next stage from Gheringhap Street to Moorabool Street, is currently being sought.