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Your local shops and businesses

Strategic objectives

A vibrant local economy and shops that are accessible, attractive and a centre of community life.

Key figures

  • $1.3 million net operating cost
  • 1,542 participants in Council’s business training activities
  • 1,257 proactive strip shopping centre maintenance inspections completed

Case study

Annual commitment

Implement a Placemaking approach in the Glenferrie and Maling Road precincts to shape and design our public spaces and shopping centres, to increase social interaction, economic viability and enhance the health and wellbeing of our community.

Project overview

Glenferrie Placemaking project

We are embarking on a new way of improving our public places in Boroondara - Placemaking. It involves listening carefully to the needs and aspirations of our local communities and responding with projects to enhance the vibrancy and economic viability of our centres, create opportunities for social connections and improve our community’s health and wellbeing. 

A placemaking framework has been developed to support current and future opportunities to improve our public spaces in partnership with local communities. A placemaking project to revitalise Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn is currently underway, and we are exploring future opportunities for the precinct by developing a dedicated draft Place Plan.

Project aims

The draft Glenferrie Place Plan will be the guiding document for the future of the precinct, setting out key initiatives to achieve the community’s vision for the area.

Glenferrie will be a vibrant and accessible place where everyone feels welcome. The streets and public spaces will offer more greenery and opportunities for people to meet, shop, learn and hold events. The local economy and community will flourish, with people and businesses representing the area’s rich diversity.

Project outcomes

In early 2020, over 1,100 people shared their ideas and blue-sky thinking to enhance the Glenferrie Road precinct. The results of this consultation helped shape the Glenferrie Road Place Vision - a document that brings together a collective vision for the future of the precinct to guide Council’s efforts in creating a place that is vibrant and welcoming. It served as the first step in developing a comprehensive plan for the future of Glenferrie Road.

In August and September 2020, more than 700 people helped to prioritise key opportunities to improve the precinct via an online survey and interactive online workshops. The feedback from both stages of consultation will inform the future draft Glenferrie Road Place Plan - a document full of projects and initiatives to revitalise the precinct now and into the future. The draft Plan is expected to be delivered in 2021-2022.