The first stage of community engagement is now closed. Project updates are provided below.

We’re creating more open space in Southbank with a new park planned on the site of the Boyd Community Hub, formerly the JH Boyd Girls’ High School. The redevelopment of the Boyd precinct, and new open space, is part of a longer term strategy for the Southbank precinct, making it a better place to live and work.

For more information regarding the new park at Boyd, please feel free to contact us at


The proposed sale of 132 Kavanagh Street, Southbank (formerly 229 City Road, Southbank) will be considered by Council on Tuesday 28 March at 5.30pm. For information on the meeting, or to read the meeting papers, please visit Council Meeting 28 March 2017.

March 23, 2017

The City of Melbourne proposes to enter into a commercial arrangement with Cairo Melbourne Pty Ltd for a residential and commercial development to be built on a portion of the former JH Boyd School in Southbank.

The proposed development will include improvements to the public realm, apartments, retail, affordable housing and open space and reinforces the City of Melbourne’s commitment to transform the former school site into a key civic centre and provide much-needed open space for Southbank residents, workers and visitors. This commercial arrangement was negotiated after the previous contract of sale from 2011 was terminated last year.
Entry into the contract of sale is subject to and conditional on a public submission process under the Local Government Act 1989.

The proposed sale of the site at 229 City Road in Southbank will be considered by Council in early 2017.

February 8, 2017

Over the last five months, the City of Melbourne and Mackie Group have been working together to meet the obligations of the Contract of Sale for the development site at 207 City Road, Southbank.

A portion of the site was sold to the Mackie Group in 2011 and the proposed development was to include housing, retail, car parking and open space.

Three previous extensions of time were granted in an endeavour to facilitate a successful contractual outcome, with the last agreed deadline to meet these obligations being 30 April 2016. Unfortunately an agreement was not reached and the Contract of Sale has been terminated.

Temporary park

As a result of the contract termination, we are creating a temporary park for the community by removing the existing site fence and improving the amenity.

The temporary park will open by the end of May and will remain in place until the future use of the site is determined by Council.

For further information please contact 9658 9658.

May 11, 2016

A summary of the feedback received from this first stage of engagement is now available. We will use this feedback to inform the design of a draft concept plan for the new park.

While we anticipated the draft concept plan will be released for community feedback in September 2015, due to unexpected delays it is now expected to be released in mid-2016. We thank you for your patience.

At this stage, construction of the new park is expected to commence in 2017.

Until then, please feel free to contact Gail Hall, Team Leader Open Space Planning at the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658 or by email:

November 27, 2015

Thanks for your comments and feedback on the new park for Boyd. We are currently considering all of your feedback and hope to present a draft concept plan back to the community in September 2015.

For those of you who have already participated in the first stage of community engagement and have indicated that you wish to be kept informed, you will receive an email when the draft concept plan is released for comment.

For more information regarding the new park at Boyd, please feel free to contact us at

May 21, 2015

The first phase of community engagement took place from mid-October to 1 December 2014 with many people sharing their ideas for the new park online and in-person at Boyd community hub.

The feedback received will be used to develop a draft concept plan which will be released for public comment in mid 2015.

April 27, 2015



In 2007 the City of Melbourne purchased the Boyd School site. Following consultation with the community, Council determined the site should be divided into three areas;

  • A Community and Cultural Hub developed in the heritage listed school buildings;
  • A portion of the site to be sold for a residential and commercial building;
  • Approximately 2500m2 of the site to be transformed into a new park.

Site Plan

Site Plan

Residential and commercial building

In 2012 Council entered into an agreement with the Mackie Group to develop the residential and commercial building. A date for commencement of construction is to be determined but is expected after April 2016.