The naming poll has been extended!

At the May Council meeting, Council decided to re-open the voting for another 6 weeks to give the community more time to vote on a name for the new park. Thank you to everyone who voted in March and April 2024.

Voting has been extended until 5pm Thursday 11 July 2024. Only one vote per household please.

About the shortlist

Last year we asked you to share your name ideas for the new park. As a result of this community engagement process, we received many name suggestions - thank you for your ideas!

We reviewed the suggested names against the State Government’s Naming rules for places in Victoria – Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2022 and the Naming Merri-bek's Places Policy.

Shortlisted names are listed below in alphabetical order.

  • Fabbrica Park

    Fabbrica means factory in Italian. The name celebrates Italian immigrants and is a reminder of the former use of the site for factories.

  • Fletcher Jones Park

    Commemorating the former clothing factory that occupied this site from 1975 to 1991.

    Part of Brunswick's once thriving clothing industry, Fletcher Jones provided employment to many local people, mainly women and many from migrant backgrounds. Its employee co-ownership model allowed factory workers to become shareholders with equity in the firm.

  • Foundry Park

    Recognising the history of the steel foundry once located on this site. The ‘Steel Company of Australia Pty Ltd' opened Brunswick’s fourth steel works during the 1920s.

    The company expanded during the Second World War, making casings for bombs, tanks, parts and other armaments. The Frith Street steelworks closed after the war.

  • Franco Cozzo Park

    A tribute to the locally famous migrant and Brunswick store. Franco was born in Sicily in 1935 and migrated to Australia in 1955, aged 21. He established the Italian furniture stores, including one on Brunswick’s Sydney Road.

    He also produced Australia's first non-English TV show, Carosello, which was broadcast in Italian.

  • Yubup Park

    Yubup is a Woi-wurrung word for Parakeet.

    This name was provided by Wurundjeri Corporation and put forward in two previous Park Close to Home projects.

How to vote

Please rank the proposed names in order of your preference, from 1 to 5. All votes will be counted.

Voting is open from Thursday 30 May 2024 until 5pm Thursday 11 July 2024.

You must cast only one vote per household.

Naming processes and procedures are undertaken in accordance with the statutory Naming Rules for Places in Victoria.

You will need to be a registered Conversations Merri-bek user in order to vote for your preferred name. We will also ask for your residential address. This is to protect the integrity and fairness of the consultation and your personal details will not be used for any other purpose. See instructions below on how to register or log in.

1. Find the "LOG IN/JOIN" button at the top of the page and click to start registering.

2. Select "LOG IN" if you already have a profile on Conversations Merri-bek OR select "SIGN UP" to create a new profile

3. To create your profile you will need to add: Screen name, email address, password, full name and postcode. Check the boxes that apply and click "CREATE ACCOUNT"

4. Now you can vote for your preferred name.

Project Updates

Latest news on delivery of your new park

Access to public open space is more important than ever. Merri-bek City Council is working hard to preserve and enhance existing open space, while also creating new parks in areas that need it.

In 2017, Merri-bek City Council endorsed the ambitious Park Close to Home framework, a strategic plan to fill open space gaps by creating new parks across Merri-bek.

This framework has seen the acquisition of land to create new parks in 6 locations across Merri-bek, one being at 14 Frith Street Brunswick.