City of Port Phillip, with financial support from the Victorian government through a Local Parks Program grant, is creating a new pocket park for locals in the Domain Precinct, South Melbourne.

Once completed, this new pocket park will provide new public open space in the Domain Precinct, with improved greening and enhanced connections to public transport, including the new Anzac Station.

To create this new park, Council is proposing to close Cobden street and partially close Kings Place to create a road reserve through a statutory road closure process under the Local Government Act 1989.

Construction is expected to commence in mid 2022 following a road closure process, and be completed by October 2022.

Make a submission

You are welcome to make a written submission on the proposed road closure and changes by 5 pm on Sunday 23 January 2022, by completing the online submission form below.

You can also post your written submission to us:

Cobden Street Pocket Park, South Melbourne, Part Closure of Cobden Street and Kings Place
City of Port Phillip
Private Bag 3
PO St Kilda VIC 3182

All written submissions received will be presented at a Council meeting on 16 February 2022. If you’d like to speak to your submission at this meeting, please register via this link.

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If you'd like to ask a question or you're after more information about this project, you can submit a question in the Q&A below under the "Ask a question" tab.

The Domain Precinct is rapidly becoming one of the City’s fastest growing neighbourhoods. City-shaping projects like the Victorian Government’s Metro Tunnel are transforming the way people move and live in the precinct. Domain is also becoming more densely populated, with several large developments expected to become home to thousands of new residents over the coming decade.

Cobden Street Pocket Park part of the Kings Place Plaza project in the Domain Precinct Public Realm Masterplan, which aims to deliver a new safe shared space and local gathering place, a public plaza with opportunities for community events and improved pedestrian connections to public transport

This new open space for the local community will deliver on a critical part of our wider strategic approach for the Domain Precinct, which includes a review of parking across the precinct, upgrading parking on Bank Street and streetscape improvements for Park Street.

To create this new open space for the local community, Cobden Street and part of Kings Place will need to be converted to a road reserve through a statutory road closure process under the Local Government Act 1989.

As part of this process, Council will consider a permanent full closure of Cobden Street and part closure of Kings Place to become a one-way road from Kings Way to Palmerston Crescent at its 8 December 2021 Ordinary Council meeting. The Council Report is available from Friday 3 December 2021 on the Council Meetings page of our website at 2021 meetings and agendas - The City of Port Phillip.

Feedback from the local community through the development of the Domain Precinct Public Realm Masterplan has helped shape the concept design, which includes:

  • changing a section of Cobden Street to a road reserve to create a pocket park
  • changing Kings Place into a one-way street, with traffic running in one direction from Kings Way to Palmerston Crescent
  • removal of existing on-street parking to construct kerb extensions and garden beds
  • creation of a central plaza and meeting place
  • informal planting
  • establishment of a central lawn area and seat walls
  • significant upgrades to the public lighting
  • additional tree planting.

You can view the full Concept Design Report here or in the Document Library to the right.

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