A key project of the renewal of the Queen Victoria Market precinct is the transformation of the current customer car park into Market Square, a new 1.5 hectare public open space. This new space will complement the market and be an additional drawcard for customers, visitors and residents.

The feedback we receive from you will assist in developing a charter for Market Square which will guide its future uses and activities.

What is the purpose of a charter for Market Square?

Charters are developed as a tool for managing public places to ensure the intended vision for the space is realised and protected.

The Market Square charter will guide decision making on the activities, uses and management of this important new community asset.

Public engagement on the development of a charter for Market Square was endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee on 17 September 2019.

What ideas have already been raised?

The following are a list of ideas for uses and activities which have been suggested for Market Square:

  • Respect and foster Aboriginal voices and connections to the place.
  • Provide a place for quiet activities, respite and contemplation which recognise and respect that the place is also the site of the city’s first cemetery, and the continued presence of these burials.
  • Recognise and reflect the area, its diverse history and its continued evolution within the changing city.
  • Involve and celebrate Melbourne’s diverse communities.
  • Encourage community events and activities that support inclusion, wellbeing and belonging.
  • Provide a place for curated activities, festivals and events to encourage visitation to the market and the precinct.
  • Provide a place for informal recreation and uses, particularly considering the needs of local residents and workers.
  • Encourage artistic, innovative and creative activities in the space.
  • Encourage events and activities which promote environmental, social and economic sustainability.
  • Improve access for cyclists and pedestrians to and through Market Square.

Market Square map

Market Square map

An artist's impression of the Market Square area in the Queen Victoria Market.

Market Square public open space