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.

Make a submission

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

You can also post your written submission to us:

Proposed permanent partial closure of Lower Esplanade
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.

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.

Make a submission

You are welcome to make a submission on the proposed road closure and alterations by Sunday 23 January 2022 by completing the form below or in writing.

Written submissions should be addressed to:

Proposed permanent partial closure of Lower Esplanade
City of Port Phillip
Private Bag 3
PO St Kilda VIC 3182

Submissions 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 would like to ask a question or need more information about the project, you can submit a question below and we'll do our best to answer as quickly as we can, please allow up to two business days for a response.

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