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We are constructing our first four green laneways

Our four pilot laneways were selected earlier this year to be the very first laneways of the Green Your Laneway pilot program. We are carrying out this project because we believe that our laneways can be the city's back yard - with vertical greening, trees, and new places to sit down and relax.

Construction is underway in the Green Your Laneway lanes. As each lane is completed, photo sets will be posted below.

Laneway greening map

There are over two hundred lanes in the central city, making up an area of almost nine hectares – bigger than Flagstaff Gardens. We have established the Green Your Laneway program to help transform the city’s laneways into leafy, green and useable spaces for everyone to enjoy. The City of Melbourne will fund up to four green laneways in the central city. City residents, building owners and businesses can all play a role in helping choose these first pilot projects.

As part of the program we’ve developed a world-first interactive map that shows laneways that could go green, based on the amount of sunlight they receive, exposure to wind and physical characteristics. The map also shows all nominations received in the first phase of community engagement.

Consultation Outcomes

What we heard

Our actions

There is strong public support for this project – we received many encouraging and positive messages and expressions of interest in more projects like this. Strong community support has validated our significant commitment to this project and underlines how much desire there is for greening in our community.
There is a need for quality maintenance and practical design given the challenges of the urban environment. Detailed design has proceeded in close consultation with our maintenance specialists and industrial designers to deliver robust, easy-to-maintain greening.
Heritage and smoking are common points of concern and interest for Melburnians. Designs were passed to a heritage advisor to ensure they do not compromise heritage values.

Interest in no-smoking areas was flagged to health promotion specialists, who have been focused on a campaign in universities. Traders in some lanes have indicated willingness to provide ashtrays. Clearing of butts in planters is within the scope of the maintenance contract.
Biodiversity matters to Melbournians, with many suggesting planting that creates and supports urban habitat. Council ecologists working on our Nature in the City strategy were consulted to seek advice on planting that encourages biodiversity. This has been factored into the selection of species, although a primary focus is on choosing plants with good chances of flourishing in the challenging laneway environment.