Green with envy: Enjoying the new botanic stretch along the south side of Malop Street.
Green with envy: Enjoying the new botanic stretch along the south side of Malop Street.

Creating a vibrant green spine

Friday, 6 April 2018

As one of Australia’s fastest growing regional cities, Geelong needs quality infrastructure and a modern, vibrant city centre.

Revitalising Central Geelong’s Green Spine project is transforming Malop Street, creating a shopping, recreation and dining destination in the heart of our city.

The project will also provide a much needed upgrade to one of Geelong’s oldest streets.

Developed from community feedback received from the Vision 2 project in 2013, the Green Spine project will deliver a lively and inviting street and a linear botanic park, connecting Johnstone Park to Eastern Park.

The south side of the Green Spine, between Moorabool Street and Yarra Street, was completed late last year, and work has now started on the project’s north side.

A significant works program will be rolled out, including the addition of trees, garden beds and seating. The works also involve the complete reconstruction of Malop Street, which is more than 100 years old.

We expect Malop Street to be closed to through-traffic for about three months while the works are carried out, however all businesses will remain open and pedestrian access will be maintained, including the main crossing between  Westfield and Market Square.

The north-side works follow the successful delivery of the Green Spine’s south side, with its spectacular eight metre-wide botanic walk and a separated bike path.