Thank you for sharing your feedback.

From 21 March to 7 June, we heard from 58 people at two pop-ups at Gasworks Arts Park, 30 people online and directly with key stakeholders in 4 sessions. We heard that:

  • The large majority of attendees at pop-ups (27) addressed environmental management issues such as increasing/maintaining canopy (9), protecting habitat (5) providing a water source/bird feeder (5), providing drainage (2)
  • A range of other issues were covered including comments relating to planning process and Council decision making (7), the inclusion of dog park fencing/barriers (5) improving park lighting (1)

The full engagement summary report is availble to view in the Document Library on this page.

Council also met with the Gasworks Arts Park leadership, Friends of Gasworks Park and Albert Park Secondary School Leadership to understand the operational priorities and conservation priorities of the upgrade to key stakeholders.

As a result of the feedback received, we will engage a consultant team to develop an implementation plan for the park and a draft concept plan for the playground. We will test these designs with you in April-May 2023 to make sure we’ve got it right.

A new play space

A play space with mix of traditional, nature and creative play opportunities unique to Gasworks Art Park.

Improving outdoor spaces around buildings

Revitalise Plaza space allowing vehicle access and markets and introducing additional planting and seating.

Improve access around buildings and allow for amenities such as seating, shade and landscaping.

Maintaining green open space for the community

The upgrade aims to retain all mature trees and current garden beds. The new park will provide increased canopy cover new landscaping, vegetation and tree planting.

Gasworks Arts Park requires soil and groundwater contamination management to address the longstanding issue of contamination at the site. The site was once part of the former South Melbourne Gasworks and the site is contaminated with the by-products of coal gas production.

The Victorian Government is managing the contamination investigations and associated works to ensure the park can be successfully remediated and continue as a public park into the future.

The Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has deemed the site safe for ongoing use as a public park, and it will remain open to the community while further investigations and works to manage the contamination take place.

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