Brimbank Council is seeking State Government support to develop a new civic square at the former bus interchange in Alfrieda Street, St Albans, near Main Road East.
Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch said Council believed the civic square should be funded by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) as part of a commitment to “make good” the former bus interchange site.
The bus interchange was recently relocated to the St Albans Railway Station as part of the State Government’s Main Road Level Crossing Removal Project.
“We will write to the Minister for Public Transport requesting funding towards the development of a civic square, as part of the State Government’s Main Road Level Crossing Removal Project,” Cr Hedditch said.
“This site has been returned to Council as asphalt – the St Albans community and traders deserved better.
“We want to create a vibrant space for people to gather and enjoy community and cultural events on a permanent basis.”
To demonstrate the site’s potential, Council has installed a temporary pop-up park, following the successful trial of short term pop-up parks in 2015 and 2016.
The pop-up park features bamboo structures providing shade and shelter over seating and tables, timber decks and an artificial lawn area – with additional artwork coming soon.
“This temporary pop-up park showcases the possibilities for this currently under-used space – but the St Albans community needs a permanent solution,” Cr Hedditch said.
Council has allocated $150,000 in the 2017-2018 Budget towards the civic square project and estimates approximately $1 million will be needed.
The pop-up park is planned to remain in place for about a year.