Earlier this year we asked how we might make Carlton neighbourhood the best it could be. From the Carlton contributions received, these Carlton draft neighbourhood priorities were developed.

  • Aboriginal Melbourne

    For the Wurundjeri, Bunurong, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadawurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin, the place now known as Melbourne has always been an important meeting place and location for events of political, cultural, social and educational significance. We will ensure that the Traditional Owners’ culture, lore, knowledge, and heritage enrich the city’s growth and development.

Greater recognition and opportunity to learn about Wurundjeri heritage, places and culture.

What you told us

You want more visible representation and celebration of Aboriginal culture and history around Carlton. You told us that you'd like to see more recognition of Wurundjeri peoples’ ongoing cultural connection to Country with visibility through native planting and greenery, signage, events, placemaking and creative art initiatives.

You’d like to see educational opportunities for people to learn more about Aboriginal culture and history and for events to be run in partnership with Aboriginal organisations and local Elders to help with this. You’d also like to see more support for Aboriginal people experiencing homelessness in the neighbourhood.

“Indigenous references are non-existent - please bring this history into the region and including indigenous local greenery of all types.”

“More Australian native planting in all parks and pocket parks replacing the non-native over time.”

“In collaboration with First Nations Australians community, explore how we can recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by activating the screen in the Piazza Italia.”

What we’re doing

As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-23 we are identifying and implementing opportunities for the dual naming of spaces to reflect Aboriginal cultural heritage for Carlton.

At this year’s narrm ngarrgu | Melbourne Knowledge Week we launched Mapping Aboriginal Melbourne a spatial mapping tool highlighting places and events of Aboriginal cultural significance within the city. An interactive map is located in Town Hall Commons and available in desktop and mobile versions. This educational resource has been developed with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, and supports Council in placemaking and signage. The Map identifies a number of Aboriginal Places of Significance in Carlton.

The Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre located in the Melbourne Museum provides tours through its First Peoples Exhibition sharing stories of survival and celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage.

We host the YIRRAMBOI Festival every second year, providing opportunities for Aboriginal artists to present their continuous and diverse contemporary practices.

Through What’s On Melbourne, we share events and initiatives that occur in the municipality including National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week celebrations.

  • Access and affordability

    We will reduce economic and social inequality by ensuring universal access to housing, core services and information.

Better support for public housing residents.

What you told us

You told us that you’d like to see better Council support for residents of the Carlton Public Housing towers. You want more security presence in and around the estates and access to community spaces for resident-led initiatives.

You also told us that you’d like more frequent and affordable programs and initiatives that support residents particularly in gaining employment and education. You’d like better physical and mental wellbeing programs for women, especially mothers, young people, older people and families. You’d like more events and gatherings that celebrate and showcase the diversity of multiculturalism of residents.

“More security officers to monitor movement around our buildings and safety of our families.”

“Please bring programs for our communities like education and employment support for young people and activities for women and elders.”

“Better engagement for youth and career support.”

What we’re doing

We partner with Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre (CNLC), which delivers a range of programs and activities aimed to connect community, provide learning opportunities through courses, employment support, events and gatherings that celebrate culture and diversity.

City of Melbourne also partners with The Drum to deliver a range of crisis, social support, recreation and education programs for young people in the municipality. Activities and drop-in sessions are available to young people at Carlton Baths and Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre.

A series of one-on-one tech help pop ups are delivered in community rooms located on the Carlton Public Housing Estate specifically for older people over 55 years. The service is delivered by not-for-profit organisation Lively employing young people aged under 25 years.

We’re encouraging more grass-roots community leadership with the introduction of Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants. Individuals and non-incorporated groups can now apply for up to $2000 to support neighbourhood-strengthening initiatives.

Affordable housing options that cater to diverse needs.

What you told us

You’ve told us you are concerned about housing availability and rental affordability for people of varying needs and backgrounds to be able to continue to live in the neighbourhood or move to Carlton in the future.

“Lobbying to state and federal governments must be a priority to better address the housing affordability crisis and this should be a point of pride for our local council.”

“Better housing options for those in public housing (that is, build more) housing affordability - it’s hard to even afford rent in the area, let alone buy!”

“Make it more affordable for young families to live in Carlton.”

What we’re doing

Affordable housing, including social housing and subsidised market housing, is a priority for the whole of the municipality. Our Affordable Housing Strategy 2020-2030 guides our actions to deliver more affordable housing in response to the affordable housing shortage that the municipality is experiencing.

Our recently established Homes Melbourne is exploring ways to increase the supply of affordable housing including partnerships with private developers, state and federal government advocacy and ways individuals can help solve the housing crisis.

It has identified three City of Melbourne owned sites across the municipality to develop new affordable housing projects including ways to support people experiencing homelessness and increase pathways out of homelessness.

Spaces are welcoming for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

What you told us

You’d like more community access to local venues and spaces for community activities, including meeting places, spaces for vulnerable groups such as older people and young people to gather, a community hub and spaces for community events.

Many of you highlighted that the lack of access to the community spaces at Carlton Public Housing estate (unavailable due to COVID-19) was an issue for you.

“More public community spaces would be ideal for residents and families.”

“For the Carlton Estate halls and community spaces to be opened back up again.”

“Community spaces for seniors to gather.”

“Indoor community spaces for young men and women.”

What we’re doing

Our Women's Safety and Empowerment Action Plan aims to promote the inclusion and safety of women and gender diverse people in our communities and public places. Planned activities for 2022-23 include the delivery of Club Respect within sporting clubs, review of policy and practice in relation to lighting of sporting pavilions, and the redevelopment of Bren's pavilion.

As part of our obligation under the Gender Equality Act 2020, council is required to support the identification and elimination of systemic causes of gender equality in policy, program and delivery of services in communities.

Outcomes in our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan address barriers in the physical, information and social environment and ensures infrastructure development and public spaces demonstrate best practice in universal access.

Our Inclusive Melbourne Strategy increases access to opportunities for all people and outlines how we will respond to the diversity of religions, cultures, age groups, gender, sexual orientation and ability among the people who live, work, study in and visit the city.

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre is a local library providing learning and training rooms with a computer lab, recording studio, meeting rooms, community activity spaces, cafe and also free wifi. Connect Café at Kathleen Syme offers a series of sessions with one-on-one tech help for older people while the Social Support Group program provides support and connection for older people.

We are looking at ways to provide flexible multi-use spaces across the city for the community to access and are continuing to promote to the Victorian government, the importance of resuming community access to the community spaces at the Carlton Public Housing Estate.

Education and participation opportunities encouraging community to engage in Council forums, consultations and decision making.

What you told us

You told us that you would like more information on how to engage with us, including how local government decisions are made and how you can participate more in Council processes, so that your voice is heard.

“We need a better relationship with the Council because my community is not very connected to the Council. We don’t speak to the government, and we need our voices heard.”

What we’re doing

We engage with our community in various ways throughout the year. Once a month, the Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) is held in a community location moving between neighbourhoods. The FMC was held in Carlton on Tuesday 15 February 2022 giving increased access to residents and highlighting Carlton specific initiatives and issues.

Our Participate Melbourne online community provides opportunities for you to have a say in the city’s big issues and future plans. Through this platform, your opinions and ideas help shape Council’s decisions. Recent examples of public consultation projects in Carlton include Participate Carlton and Carlton Gardens Masterplan Review.

We understand that some people in our community experience barriers to community and civic participation. Council’s Inclusive Melbourne Strategy 2022-23 aims to better empower diverse voices to be heard, diverse representation in the local economy and diverse groups to enjoy equitable access to neighbourhood assets.

We also host popups, working groups, workshops, walking tours, information sessions and consultations throughout the year encouraging community participation and engagement.

Better support for young people, international students and social housing residents.

What you told us

You want more accessible and inclusive services and opportunities for young people, international students and people living in social housing to become more socially connected and receive the support that they need.

“To celebrate its diversity and provide more community services for young people.”

“Community support services for young people, international students, new arrivals, public and social housing residents.”

“Mental health awareness for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Many people are struggling especially after COVID lockdowns and need mental health care.”

What we’re doing

Our Affordable Housing Strategy and advocacy work enable us to support young people at risk of homelessness. In partnership with others, we deliver a range of support services including health and wellbeing, case management, youth participation and family support for young people in Carlton.

The safety and wellbeing of international students is important to us. We deliver a range of initiatives, including The Couch - International Student Centre in partnership with the Salvation Army, outings to attractions, events, behind-the-scenes tours and ticket giveaways through the Experience Melbourne program.

We also offer conversation clubs and many free items including books, eBooks, music and movie streaming from our libraries, along with wellness programs, and mentoring and workshops to help people get job ready.

We are a collection point for the Melbourne International Student Guides and we’ve partnered with Insider Guides on the Lighthouse International Student Directory. We also offer a City of Melbourne international student newsletter which can be subscribed to here.

We provide a broad range of health and support services, programs and resources to assist the community including children and their families, young people, older people, Aboriginal communities, LQBTIQ communities.

Improving public transport options.

What you told us

You told us that you’d like more affordable and more frequent public transport services to cater for community members especially older people and international students.

“It’ll be better if they extend the free tram zone until the University of Melbourne and Hay Market.”

“Review bus services, they don't go anywhere useful. Always empty. Expand tram services using old/existing tram tracks.”

“To be more affordable and accessible for the whole community, including people living in Ministry of Housing areas and International Students.”

“It’s not just in Carlton but if public transport is much cheaper, more people will come here.”

What we’re doing

The Victorian government through the Department of Transport and its agencies is responsible for the delivery of public transport and improvements to public transport infrastructure.

The Metro Tunnel’s Parkville Station is currently under construction and due for completion in 2025, connecting Parkville and Carlton to the rail network for the first time. This will alleviate pressure on local trams and roads while providing more frequent services. The service will also link directly to Melbourne Airport in 2029 via the Melbourne Airport Rail.

We can play a role in highlighting community feedback and further advocating for improvement to infrastructure and public transport services.

Balancing needs of various transport and road users including addressing aggressive and antisocial road behaviour.

What you told us

We’ve heard that you’d like us to make active transport options such as walking and cycling safer and easier while also encouraging alternative modes of transport.

You told us that making bike paths safer, improving public transport services and enhancing pedestrian access throughout the neighbourhood were important to you.

To accommodate all types of transport, you said Carlton needed more car parking spaces but also needed traffic calming measures to discourage aggressive and sometimes dangerous driver behaviour.

“Many public spaces are unpleasant for pedestrians and cyclists.”

“There needs to be more parking and more affordable parking in area.”

“Fewer cars, more walking space. Lygon St is still a thoroughfare for commuters, and I feel like it really detracts from the street. It should be more of a boulevard with a light bus/commercial delivery lane limited to 10km per hour.”

“The only negatives would be the increasing amount of graffiti tagging across our beautiful buildings, anti-social behaviour on Lygon Street and the weekend car hooning.”

What we’re doing

Our Transport Strategy 2030 commits to reducing speed limits on all local streets plus key arterial roads to keep people safe in places where lots of people are walking and riding bikes.

It delivers a protected bike lane network, station precincts as key gateways, safer speed limits, trials including e-scooters, and more efficient traffic signal timing. It also supports electric vehicles, bicycling encouragement programs and advocacy and implementation with the Victorian Government.

The Victorian Government has established a Hooning Community Reference Group to understand intentional high-risk driving, or hooning, in Victoria. A series of four meetings will be held across Melbourne to hear from local voices and understand local context.

  • Climate and biodiversity emergency

    We will prioritise our environment and take urgent action to reduce emissions and waste in order to protect public health, strengthen the economy and create a city that mitigates and adapts to climate change. The City of Melbourne declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2019.

Improve waste management and circular economy projects within Carlton.

What you told us

You’d like to see initiatives that address the climate and biodiversity emergency and encourage circular economy projects within the neighbourhood. To encourage sustainability, the initiatives you suggested are; refilling stations for household products, electric vehicle infrastructure, renewable energy and sustainability education.

“Stronger climate action politics by Council that is neighbourhood batteries, EVs points.”

“Building regulations requesting energy and water efficiency and green rooftops.”

“A continued expansion of recycling systems would be highly beneficial, as would more education around what happens to our waste, and creative ways to reduce it in the home and business.”

What we’re doing

Our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy outlines a vision and range of actions to help become a zero-waste city.

We are leading the reduction of food waste and diversion of waste from landfill, by continuing the roll-out of our food and organics (FOGO) collection service for single-unit and multi-unit dwellings up to five storeys. We will also be trialling textile bins and conducting a food organics pilot in high-rise buildings.

We are also supporting the development of a circular economy through leadership and community neighbourhood projects, including social enterprise grants, reviewing the options for a container deposit scheme, alternative waste technologies and developing circular economy guidelines.

We became the first capital city council in Australia to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy in 2017 through the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project. By continuing our innovation in renewable energy, Power Melbourne will play a lead role in reaching our ambition to become a city powered by 100 per cent renewables by 2030.

To prevent e-wastes going into landfill, we offer e-waste drop-off locations. You can drop off batteries at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, and other libraries.

Increase greening on residential streets and key shopping strips and better use of median strips and other public spaces.

What you told us

You understand that spending more time in green spaces is good for your physical and mental health. To enable this, you would like to see increased greening across the neighbourhood especially on residential streets, median strips and other public spaces. Several of you want to see native plants to help with rainwater runoff retention, biodiversity and cooling green canopy effect.

“More greenery. Summers are getting hotter and there is a noticeable benefit from greener, shady parks.”

“Indigenous references are non-existent. - please bring this history into the region and including indigenous local greenery of all types.”

“Growing more local food would be great but, in many parts, too much pollution from cars, so reduce cars and provide more community gardening spaces.”

What we’re doing

We’ve developed an Urban Forest Strategy and are currently delivering year 8 of the Central City Urban Forest Precinct Plan. The future review of this plan will incorporate community engagement and input.

The Urban Forest Fund supports gardens, tree planting, biodiversity projects, green roofs and vertical greening, and intersects with the Green Our City Strategic Action Plan which aims to improve the quality and quantity of green roofs and vertical greening in Melbourne.

We are also currently undertaking Amendment C379, which proposes to protect an additional 119 exceptional trees (privately owned and managed land) in the municipality including Carlton.

Our Nature in the City Strategy also outlines how we will protect and enhance ecosystem health and biodiversity in our city.

Find out more about how to put green roofs, walls and facades on your building, or how to start street gardens on nature strips. A guide to community gardens is available for people who want to start a community garden on land that the City of Melbourne owns or manages. To set up a community garden in a high rise residential building, Owners Corporation can apply to the Connected Community Grants program.

  • Economy of the future

    We will focus on driving economic recovery and creating the conditions for a strong, adaptive, sustainable and thriving future city economy supported by a diverse mix of industries and jobs that provide dignity and opportunity.

More support and initiatives for small businesses.

What you told us

We’ve heard that you’d like to see more support and ‘backing’ for small businesses and more diverse hospitality offerings. You'd like businesses to be supported through marketing and promotional activities and reduced running costs in some way. You’d also like to see more support to help young people and people from diverse communities become business owners.

“More shops. More grocery stores. Encourage diverse businesses on street level.”

“More and more bars and restaurants. It’s the best part of Melbourne.”

“Young people make up a large portion of the Carlton demographic, however they are seldom represented in business in the same way they may be in Fitzroy or Brunswick East. This may be due to high rent prices in the area or a lack of engagement. Definitely a great opportunity for growth and diversification there!”

“I hope there is some support for the restaurants to have more customers. For example, continue the Melbourne money (discount) voucher.”

What we’re doing

We’ve provided and continue to provide a range of support for businesses including: grants, mentoring, workshops, extended outdoor dining initiatives, regular newsletters, sharing data and research and more.

Our Business Precinct Program 2021-25 recognises Carlton Inc. and provides annual financial support to benefit traders in Carlton.

We continue to strengthen Melbourne's economic recovery, including through delivery of an enhanced business concierge service and support for the night-time economy.

Our Shopfront Activation Program helps our creative and entrepreneurial sector by supporting businesses and activating areas in our city that need it most, including Lygon Street. In partnership with the Victorian government, we have invested $2.6m transforming empty shopfronts into creative spaces, bespoke displays and pop-up shops.

Reactivation of unused shops and spaces in Carlton, especially on Lygon Street.

What you told us

We’ve heard that you would like to see businesses back in Carlton, and especially encouraged to reinvigorate Lygon Street. You have also shared that you would like to see a diverse representation of businesses including the presence of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse business owners and offerings in Carlton.

“Improve shopfronts and bring businesses back. Lygon street in particular does not look inviting.”

“Please include CALD communities in the shopfront activations. Many have applied but all have been rejected.”

What we’re doing

The City of Melbourne’s Shopfront Activation Program is reinvigorating key areas of the city, including Lygon Street and inviting artists, budding entrepreneurs and artisan makers to test their business ideas and help attract Melburnians back into the city. The program uses vacant spaces to deliver activations in Carlton and has four activations with more planned until end of 2022.

More events, activities, and art initiatives.

What you told us

You’d love to see more events, activities and art within the neighbourhood. You want more festivals and gatherings that attract people to Carlton and help the community celebrate its diversity and vitality.

“Hold community events to show arts and heritage of multicultural communities and teach young children.”

“Events to celebrate community festivals for example, Eid Festival.”

“Build more activities for children like sports and community events or tea gatherings for the elderly.”

What we’re doing

We’re delivering our public art projects and program of events showcasing Melbourne's unique culture and creative strengths.

Arts Grants are also available to artists and small to medium arts organisations from all backgrounds and abilities.

We’re continuing to support local events and activations via the City of Melbourne’s Premier Events and Event Partnership Program. Events in Carlton through this program include Carlton Harmony Day Festival, Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Live Fast Festival (Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix) presented by AGPC, Melbourne Italian Festa, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Open House Melbourne.

Elements of the Christmas Festival and a free Christmas cinema program are also held at Argyle Square throughout December while parts of the Melbourne Knowledge Week and Melbourne Conversations are held at RMIT and Trades Hall.

More attractive and inviting shopping strips.

What you told us

You told us that in order to attract more businesses to invest in the area and more locals to shop and participate in local services, you’d like to see key shopping strips in Carlton spruced up and made more inviting.

“More greening and trees and less graffiti around Carlton shops.”

“Make shops and streetscape in Carlton and especially in Lygon Street more attractive and inviting, clean and green to attract people from all around Melbourne, support local and make the street more vibrant.”

What we’re doing

We recently completed streetscape upgrades in front of Trades Hall in Lygon Street. We also plan to upgrade asphalt footpaths and complete ongoing tree replacements and plantings around Carlton.

Our Clean City team and contracted partners conduct street sweeping, pressure hosing, and graffiti removal from public areas, and can assist with graffiti on private business properties upon request.

Our Rapid Response team recently conducted a two week litter and tagging removal blitz in Carlton. You can report a location for street cleaning, repair or maintenance online anytime, or call us on 8658 8658. 

  • Melbourne’s unique identity and place

    We will celebrate and protect the places, people and cultures that make Melbourne a unique, vibrant and creative city with world-leading liveability.

Preserve old buildings and heritage.

What you told us

You told us that you value the unique historic buildings and heritage across the Carlton neighbourhood and would like assurance that it will be protected. Some of you specifically mentioned the importance of heritage trees and gardens in the area.

“Keep heritage feel. New apartment blocks need to consider street scape.”

“Stronger protection for the extensive heritage buildings, parkland and planning overlays.”

“Maintain and protect heritage trees.”

What we’re doing

The City of Melbourne’s Heritage Strategy 2013 sets out our plan to protect the city’s heritage buildings, places and objects. It has been developed to ensure the city’s rich traditions and memories are celebrated and our places and objects are identified and protected.

The Carlton Heritage Review was commissioned by the City of Melbourne in 2018. The independent Review was undertaken by Lovell Chen Heritage Consultants and is the first comprehensive review of Carlton since the 1990s.

i-Heritage, City of Melbourne’s online heritage database is currently being updated. Community members can use the database to search for information on heritage properties in the City of Melbourne.

We’ve developed a Development Activity Model to better inform you of future buildings and construction in your area. Council is also currently pursuing Amendment C376 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme, which proposes to regulate Sustainable Building Design requirements across the municipality.

What we’re doing next

We will progress the Carlton Heritage Review and associated amendments to protect and celebrate heritage sites across the neighbourhood.

Celebrations and initiatives to support and encourage inclusion, diversity and community connection.

What you told us

Carlton is a neighbourhood of diverse cultures and people, and you see this as a cherished feature to be celebrated and fostered. You’d like to see initiatives to support and encourage inclusion and accessibility across various communities and parts of the neighbourhood.

“There are lots of international people but many live alone. With lockdown it’s been hard to meet people. The area of Carlton I live in doesn’t feel like a community.”

“More people in the streets, including office workers, students and residents - more lively.”

“Activities for old people and activities for mothers because we feel very separate and isolated from community.”

What we’re doing

City of Melbourne supports the delivery of a range of community events through our Events Partnership Program and Connected Communities grants.

We’re encouraging more neighbourhood initiatives with the introduction of Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants. Individuals and non-incorporated groups can now apply for up to $2000 to support grass-roots community-building.

We have also introduced a Neighbourhood Partner model to promote local collaboration opportunities that foster neighbourly relationships and local pride.

Our Inclusive Melbourne Strategy increases access to opportunities for all people and outlines how we will respond to the diversity of religions, cultures, age groups, gender, sexual orientation and ability among the people who live, work, study in and visit the city.

  • Safety and wellbeing

    We will plan and design for the safety and wellbeing of those who live, visit, work and do business in Melbourne, regardless of their background.

Address drug and alcohol use, mental health, aggressive behaviour and increase police and security presence and better lighting.

What you told us

You told us you don’t always feel safe in the area and you’d like to see increased safety measures in the street. You have suggested that initiatives addressing drug and alcohol use, mental health issues, and aggressive behaviour are needed as well as advocating for more police and security presence, Safe City cameras on Lygon Street and better lighting.

“For safety more police patrolling Carlton so criminals and drug sellers can stay away.”

“Women also study, live and work in Carlton, and we definitely do not feel safe walking around the area after 8pm.”

“More lighting in areas especially around the open green spaces such as Carlton Gardens.”

“More visible police presence - since the station moved to North Melbourne crime has increased.”

What we’re doing

City of Melbourne is working with Victoria Police and other community support agencies to enhance public safety. We are actively represented on the Police Community Consultative Committee, which meets monthly at the North Melbourne Police station, and will connect increasingly through the newly launched Neighbourhood Policing model.

We also chair the Melbourne Alcohol and Other Drugs Services and Stakeholder Network to look at ways to manage alcohol, drug use, mental health and community safety demands.

The City of Melbourne Lighting Strategy 2021 aims to responsibly manage the environmental and social impacts of night-time lighting whilst promoting improvements to safety and amenity, especially for pedestrians.

We also recently upgraded Citipower’s streetlighting to LED and regularly investigate public recommendations to improve lighting in our neighbourhoods.

Provide wrap-around support for people experiencing homelessness.

What you told us

You are concerned about the number of people experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough in Carlton, especially in Lygon Street. You told us that you would like to see more wrap-around support offered to vulnerable people in the neighbourhood, to not only help them, but to also decrease anti-social behaviours observed in the area.

“Something needs to be done with the homeless people especially in Lygon Street. I don't think it is good for tourists to come and see that we are not looking after these people.”

“Definitely more interaction with the homeless on the street and initiatives to move them on, rather than sitting in front of businesses intimidating staff and customers.”

“Safety there is a lot of aggressive homeless people in the area, they steal a lot of stuff, there’s no security or police presence, I feel unsafe most of the time, we had to change opening hours to close earlier in the day due to run ins with aggressive homeless people.”

What we’re doing

We are actively working through our in-house support team, with other agencies and our recently established Homes Melbourne to support people experiencing homelessness and increase pathways out of homelessness.

We’ve appointed Unison Housing, a registered housing provider, to work with us on the Make Room project to convert a Council property into 50 studio apartments with essential homelessness and health services.

City of Melbourne chairs the Melbourne Alcohol and Other Drugs Services and Stakeholder Network and works closely with providers to address drug and alcohol related issues in the municipality.

More recreational facilities and programs to foster physical health and mental wellbeing.

What you told us

You would like more community opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in recreational and social activities that are beneficial for their physical and mental health. Some suggestions you have made include yoga, Zumba and fitness classes and affordable sporting programs for young people.

“More fitness and sport activities for the community and education of healthy life.”

“More free community recreation - basketball courts, tennis courts, and skate parks."

“Somewhere where people can access exercise equipment at the local parks.”

“More sporting programs for all ages. Obesity is high in our community, and we need more fitness activities especially for children and senior people who stay at home and don’t move their body.”

What we’re doing

We operate a number of recreation centres including Carlton Baths offering fitness classes, swimming lessons as well as nutrition and exercise physiology services. There is also a range of outdoor recreational equipment throughout Princes Park.

The Active Melbourne app is our free fitness service to support your health and fitness and includes on-demand and live virtual gym classes, tracking and personalised training programs. Our website also has other training resources including Workout Wednesday videos.

With a big focus on Active Melbourne, we support health and wellness through encouraging participation in healthy moderate physical activity. We are doing this through supporting recreation in our beautiful parks and gardens. We have also extended our network of dedicated bike lanes to encourage more people to cycle.

What we’re doing next

We are doing background research to better understand our current and future recreation facility needs.