Project Information

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 Shopping Strip Renewal Policy (2015-2025) outlines how Merri-bek City Council will deliver local economic development and urban design improvements for the renewal of 12 neighbourhood shopping strips across the City, including West Street Shops.

Responding to a traffic incident in 2021, local Ward Councillors and community members advocated for prioritising improvements to the West Street Shopping Strip. In response, Council has recently allocated funding for improvements, in the recently adopted 5-year capital works budget.

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.

West Street is an important destination. Council's investment in this Neighbourhood Centre can:

  • Improve the experience for people who walk, cycle, drive or catch PT 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.

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, Council consulted with the local community about changes to the design of the shopping strip. At that time, we heard that carparking was a high priority.

Experts have since been engaged by Council to assess technical Opportunities and Constraints , including the health of the trees, the number of vehicles visiting the shopping strip and the location on existing underground infrastructure.

We want to hear from the community about the vision for the future of west street, and how Council can invest in supporting the growing community into the future.

How will our feedback be used?

Community Engagement Input

Join the Conversation

  • Questionnaire

    You can help us make this project great by completing this 5-minute survey. We will accepting submissions until Friday 16 September.

  • Show us Where

    Show us on the map where your ideas are located. Be sure to zoom in you can be as accurate as possible!

  • Online Info Session

    Join us for a 60-minute information and questions session, with some of Council's technical officers about the current scope of the project.

Collection Notices :

Merri-bek City Council is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).

The personal information requested on this form is being collected by Merri-bek City Council to inform the design of the West Street Shopping Strip. It will not be disclosed to any other external party without your consent, unless required or authorised by law. If the personal information is not provided, you can still participate in the survey and there will be no consequence other than not receiving project updates via email. You can still find the information on the project through Merri-bek City Council website.

You can gain access to your personal information you have provided to Merri-bek City Council and if you wish to alter it, please contact Council’s Privacy Officer via telephone on 9240 1111 or e-mail at