The conversation

We are proposing to enhance the quality and function of public space in Hawke Street, West Melbourne.

In 2021, we spoke with Hawke Street locals and visitors. We sought feedback on a new linear park, reducing through traffic and on-street parking to gain a new connected green public space.

Phase one

Gathering insights

From 26 March to 25 April 2021 we encouraged you to provide your feedback through an online survey, sending in an email or letter, or by phoning to speak directly to the Transport and Amenity Program team.

We reached at least 8000 people, via:

6400

E-newsletters sent

1200

Letters sent

700

Website visitors

137

Surveys completed

What we heard

Seventy-three per cent of those who responded support the initial concept plan.

The feedback received included:

Impact

Your views were compiled by independent data analysts and presented back as a Consultation Summary.

We have now considered your feedback on the initial proposal to help develop a more detailed concept plan.

A six-month parking review has since been commissioned for Hawke Street, comparing weekday and weekend activity. This will help to better understand (non-lockdown) street parking utilisation and behaviours.

Next steps

We are aiming to engage with interested stakeholders in person later in 2021, to present and workshop the design and its practical elements.

Phase two

Gathering insights

On 8 December 2021, we invited the Hawke Street community to join an on-site workshop where they could meet the design team and discuss current planning for the linear park project. We had urban and landscape planners, as well as parking and traffic experts, available to answer questions and host a walking tour of key locations.

Thirty-eight people attended and shared their views on the current plans.

Next steps

If you weren't able to attend the workshop, you can view the slideshow presentation below and the updated landscape designs - tell us what you think in our quick online survey.

The feedback from the workshop and survey will be analysed and published in early 2022.

In late February 2022, a West Melbourne-wide parking study will be undertaken to determine who parks in the area and for how long and the level of compliance with current restrictions; an analysis of how the resident parking scheme is operating will also be developed. As part of this work, we will also seek feedback from local residents and traders about their parking needs, issues and concerns, including any ideas on how we can better allocate parking.

Following an analysis of the parking study and community feedback, we will prepare a parking proposal for the area and seek community feedback in March/April 2022.

Hawke Street Linear Park