National Award for Malop Street Green Spine

The Malop Street Green Spine project is receiving
high praise across the country.

The joint City-state government initiative was a winner in the Civic Landscape
category of the 2019 Australian
Institute of Landscape Architecture National Awards.

The Green Spine was described as a “shining example of how traditional retail
streets can become inviting public spaces during the day and at night” by the
voting jury.

The jury celebrated the project’s inclusion of intimate spaces not often seen
in streetscape design and commended its water-sensitive urban design measures.

The national honour follows the project’s win at the Victorian section of the
awards in June.

The flagship project of the Revitalising Central
Geelong partnership program, the Green Spine will make the community’s
long-held vision for a linear park running through Central Geelong a reality.

The green spine project has been funded by all
three tiers of government to be developed one block at a time along the six
blocks of Malop Street. It will provide a botanical link between the city’s two
existing green spaces, Johnstone Park and Eastern Gardens.

Stage 1, between Yarra and Moorabool street, is
complete. Stage 2, between Gheringhap Street and Moorabool Street, will begin
in 2020.

The
following comments can be attributed to City of Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie
Asher:

Congratulations to all involved in delivering and
maintaining this beautiful and welcoming space.

It is an exciting time for the Green Spine project, with construction of the
next stage between Gheringhap Street and Moorabool Street to begin by the
middle of next year.

As the works are completed over the coming years,
our community will reap the social, economic and environmental benefits of this
beautiful, linear park.

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