The network of laneways between Canterbury Station and Maling Road are an important arrival gateway to the precinct, used by over 1,000 people per day.

Undervalued at present, these laneways offer an opportunity for a more vibrant arrival experience and a chance to bring a new, creative side to Maling Road.

Key elements of the proposed laneways design include:

  • improved surface treatments that retain heritage features
  • improved lighting, wayfinding and signage
  • enhanced greenery
  • public art and creative lighting
  • new public seating and space for outdoor dining
  • opportunities for community involvement in landscaping and murals

We will deliver a number of upgrades to enhance Maling Road’s laneways, starting with new surface treatments and lighting to improve access and safety. This will be complemented by new seating and landscaping along the train station interface, which community groups will be invited to participate in planting.

An ideal location for creative lighting, these lanes will be illuminated with creative projections and light installations that not only improve safety at night, but will celebrate the heritage of the old theatre and highlight the precinct to passing rail commuters.

With improved surfaces, lighting planting, and a stronger delineation between pedestrian, vehicle, and private spaces, these laneways will become attractive spaces for commercial activity.

Traders and landowners will be encouraged to make use of the rear of their properties for new business frontages. Council can assist with concept designs for these property edges, and management of drainage, parking and rubbish collection to create a better quality visitor experience.


Restoration to existing bluestone paving in Maling Lane is due to commence in late 2020. The work will make the surface safer for pedestrians and retain the unique heritage character.

Other upgrades will occur over the next 2 years and Council will continue to liaise with stakeholders and adjoining properties as the project progresses.

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More information

To learn more about Maling Road’s vibrant laneway upgrades:

For more information about the project, contact the Placemaking Team at [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4444.