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Shaping a 21st century park

The University Square Master Plan is a blueprint for the future of University Square - a critical public space in Carlton.

It sets the direction and plan to transition a 19th century landscape into a 21st century space that responds to significant demographic and contextual change, while recognising the rich history of the site.

It is based on extensive community and stakeholder engagement and sets the vision for University Square including a short and medium-term implementation plan.

The master plan outlines a new vision for University Square that will:

  • Create a bigger park by increasing public open space to meet the needs of a rapidly growing, changing and more densely populated community.
  • Respond to our changing climate by using open space to redirect and re-use stormwater, capture solar energy, increase tree canopy cover to reduce the urban heat island effect and to contribute to the ecological and human needs of urban space by using understorey plantings.
  • Provide for a greater range of use and activity to meet different needs at different times.
  • Restore a failing landscape and create a new open space hub that better serves the local community including residents, students, workers and visitors.

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