City of Melbourne is proposing to enhance the quality and function of public space in Hawke Street, West Melbourne.
Hawke Street is a very wide paved road that runs between Railway Place and Victoria Street. It has two small parks with a substantial amount of parallel and median-strip parking along its length. It is home to a diverse mix of Victorian terrace houses, converted warehouse apartments, and a handful of large shopfronts. Notable landmarks include the Mcmahons Hotel, West Melbourne Baptist Community Centre and Miami Hotel.
The area is transitioning from a commercial precinct to a mixed-use neighbourhood, with a rapidly growing population. With this change, comes an opportunity to redefine the street’s character as a linear boulevard of trees, green landscaping, protected bike lanes and pedestrian paths.
The Hawke Street Linear Park project is a key initiative of the West Melbourne Structure Plan (2018).
The proposal seeks to reduce through-traffic (mitigating increased vehicle flow from the West Gate Tunnel), improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, and ‘green’ the entire length, making Hawke Street a better place to live and sustainably commute.
Timeline item 1 - complete
Community consultation on preliminary concept plan
26 March to 25 April 2021
Timeline item 2 - complete
Feedback collated and reviewed
Timeline item 3 - complete
Concept Plan endorsed by Councillors for further consultation
Timeline item 4 - complete
Community workshop to test and refine designs
Timeline item 5 - complete
Community consultation on new concept plan
20 December 2021 to 18 January 2022
Timeline item 6 - incomplete
Timeline item 7 - incomplete
- How does this project align with other Strategies?
- What is the timeframe for this project?
- What background work has been done to date?
- Why has the linear park switched to the northern alignment of Hawke Street when it was previously shown on the southern side in the 2018 West Melbourne Structure Plan?
- What commitment does City of Melbourne have regarding parking review, strategy and implementation in West Melbourne?