Melville Moreland Shopping Strip Upgrade completed
Merri-bek City Council designed and constructed the upgrade to make the Brunswick West shopping strip more accessible for local shoppers and in turn improve foot traffic for traders. New seats, trees and a striking mural are just some of the features of the Melville Moreland Shopping Strip upgrade.
The shopping strip at the corner of Moreland and Melville roads now features new footpaths (with a base made from recycled soft plastics), street furniture (made from a composite material of bamboo and recycled plastics), new garden beds, a new seating area, a solar-powered drinking fountain, rain garden and 20 new trees.
The Campbell Turnbull Library also features a beautiful new mural by local artist Starlie Geikie.
The shopping strip is popular with seniors, children and parents with prams, so accessibility was a big focus for the project. Council also used local materials and local labour wherever possible and took on great feedback from the community as part of the process.
The $1.2 million works were completed in November 2022 as part of Merri-bek City Council’s Shopping Strip Renewal Program, with $930,000 provided through the Federal Government’s Local Road Community Infrastructure Project.
Merri-bek Council has also joined forces with Yarra Valley Water to install a new Choose Tap drinking fountain outside the Campbell Turnbull Library, as part of the new Melville-Moreland Shopping Strip's construction. The fountain will help to reduce single-use plastic bottles and increase access to drinking water in the community.
Join the celebration
The community is invited to come and celebrate the completion of the works at the Campbell Turnbull Library from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm on Wednesday 1 February.
Come along for free face painting and coffee and catering vouchers from local traders.