About the project

The West Street Shopping Strip is a Neighbourhood Activity Centre that provides daily and weekly shopping needs for the local community. It is a busy centre and an important place for people to meet and socialise. With continued population growth over the last ten years there is increasing demand on local shops and facilities to meet the needs of the Hadfield community. Merri-bek Council is considering opportunities to improve the Shopping Strip to meet this demand.

FAQs

Council's Shopping Strip Renewal Program focuses on infrastructure and activation improvements to streetscape and public spaces on public land, working to make the immediate areas more enticing for locals to visit, shop and socialise. The project area is indicative at this stage.

The West Street Shopping Strip is a Neighbourhood Activity Centre that provides daily and weekly shopping needs for the local community. It is a busy centre and an important place for people to meet and socialise.

With continued population growth over the last ten years there is increasing demand on local shops and facilities to meet the needs of the Hadfield community. Merri-bek Council is considering opportunities to improve the Shopping Strip to meet this demand.

This shopping strip has been identified as a priority for upgrades through Council’s Shopping Strip renewal program (SSRP) in 2024-2025. The criteria for inclusion in SSRP are:

  • Opportunity to increase local employment and attract investment
  • Quality of public realm infrastructure
  • Potential to align with other upgrade programs
  • Size of the shopping strip catchment and population growth
  • Active traders group

Council’s investment in this Neighbourhood Centre can:

  • Improve the experience for people who walk, cycle, drive or catch the bus to West Street Shops.
  • Create a greener and more attractive destination to shop, meet and enjoy the local offerings.
  • Protect and enhance the local environment, by removing pollutants from stormwater, increasing biodiversity and supporting sustainable modes of transport.

The Shopping Strip Renewal Policy directs Council investment toward shopping strips within Neighbourhood Activity Centres; where future communities would spend the most time.

The Policy focuses on 4 aims:

  1. Enhance the local economy and increase local employment
  2. Improve the physical condition of the local shopping strip
  3. Build partnerships and participation in the community
  4. Leverage Council infrastructure and investment

Council's 2021-2031 Community Vision describes a community that is:

  • Vibrant
  • Safe
  • Healthy
  • Resilient
  • Innovative
  • Regenerative community.


Investing in our Neighbourhood Centres in vitally important to achieving this vision.

In 2013 we consulted the local community about a plan to improve the intersection of West Street and Glenroy Road. The project did not proceed due to community and trader feedback that the associated loss of car parking would impact the viability of the shopping strip.

What has changed?
In 2021 community concerns were raised about traffic, pedestrian and cyclist safety through the intersection. With new residents and business opening, it is time to refresh our understanding of what matters most to the community. We understand that parking is still a high priority, so this is an opportunity to test new ideas for the intersection, and the shopping strip that balances the needs of all users.

How you can participate

Our first phase of engagement has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Your feedback will now be used to inform the draft concept plan. Once it is ready, you will be able to view and comment on the draft plan here. Hit the +FOLLOW button at the top of the page to receive updates on the project.

How will your feedback be used?

Click on the spots to see more about who we are talking to and how your feedback will inform the project.

Community Engagement Input