Proposed road closure – notice of delay to Council’s consideration of submissions received

The City of Port Phillip advises that there will be a delay to Council’s consideration of the report regarding submissions received as part of the proposed road closure process associated with the Palais Theatre and Luna Park Precinct Revitalisation project. As such, the report will not be considered at the 16 February 2022 Ordinary Council meeting, as previously advertised.

The report will be considered at an Ordinary Council meeting to be held in March 2022. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the project team via ASSIST at or 9209 6777.

Transforming the Palais Theatre and Luna Park precinct

City of Port Phillip, in partnership with the Victorian Government, plans to revitalise and reshape the precinct surrounding the Palais Theatre and Luna Park to create a safer, pedestrian friendly, attractive and user-friendly space.

To create this new space, an area of Lower Esplanade in front of the Palais Theatre will need to be closed, and the road to the west of the closure (extending to Jacka Boulevard) will need to be converted to a two-way roadway.

As part of this process, at its 8 December 2021 Ordinary Council meeting, Council approved officers to undertake a statutory road closure process under the Local Government Act 1989 for the permanent closure of part of Lower Esplanade. The Council Report is available on the Council Meetings page on our website at 2021 meetings and agendas - The City of Port Phillip.

Creating a vibrant and accessible public space

This project will enhance the forecourts and public space in front of the Palais Theatre and Luna Park, while providing a safe place for people to gather.

Features of the upgrade include:

  • Permanent closure of the Lower Esplanade in front of the Palais Theatre to create a new plaza;
  • Creating a ‘Shared Zone’ in Cavell Street between the Palais Theatre and Luna Park;
  • Installation of new hostile vehicle mitigation elements, including seating walls, high profile barrier kerbs and sculptural bollards;
  • Re-paving the Luna Park forecourt;
  • Relocating overhead power services underground and installing new public lighting;
  • New garden beds, trees and raised lawn areas.

Converting the section of Cavell Street between the Palais Theatre and Luna Park to a shared zone is being managed in consultation with the Department of Transport (DoT). Approval from DoT is required to ensure the proposed change provides a safe and compliant outcome for pedestrians and vehicular traffic.

Due to the size and nature of the project, a town planning permit is needed before construction can start. The town planning application process is underway, with public notification likely to commence in early 2022, and, in addition to the proposed precinct design, will consider the outcomes of the road closure process and other changes to road functions.

Subject to completion and approval of the road closure and town planning permit processes, construction is anticipated to start in May 2022 and take approximately six-months to compete. During construction, some disruption to traffic and pedestrians will occur, particularly during construction of the Cavell Street shared zone.

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