City of Greater Geelong Councillors will be asked to consider a variety of trial activities to improve Little Malop Central at next week’s Council meeting.
The short-term solutions were put together in response to a resolution of Council on 25 June 2019, requesting a program of initiatives to activate Little Malop Central over the next three to six months.
A long term master plan will also be developed for the space, which will involve a major engagement program to consider options for fully refurbishing the precinct, including side streets.
After consultation with other agencies including Victoria Police, community groups, traders and property owners, the short-term plan to trial a variety of activities will be presented to Council on Tuesday night.
The proposed initiatives divide the space into three precincts. The first, with a focus on live entertainment and events; the second space for meeting, relaxing and eating; and the third space to incorporate a children’s play space, with mobile play pieces brought out each day during the trial period.
The program of works proposes removal of the public toilet, to be replaced with a raised performance space.
Other proposed works include the installation of fairy lights and children’s play equipment, new planter boxes, timber seating and tables, reinstatement of the water feature and removal of two trees.
The City will keep working with community groups, business operators and traders to ensure a continuous program of activities and events in the space. Maintenance and monitoring will be ramped up in the area and a quality program of entertainers will be scheduled in to perform regularly on the new stage.
The report recommends that Council allocate approximately $315,000 to undertake the program of proposed works and a program of activities.
The following comments are to be attributed to Director Economy, Investment and Attraction Brett Luxford:
The initiatives have been designed to create activity and make the space more appealing to a diverse range of community members.
The short term solutions proposed will be measured as trials, with the success of each element to be considered in the development of the long term Little Malop Central masterplan.
If Council decide to vote with the recommendations on the report, we expect that works will start within weeks.