The future of Spotswood and South Kingsville - shaped by a shared vision

Better Places is centred around adopting place-based thinking. Place-based design considers overall 'places' and how they look, feel and work together rather than individual 'pieces', and provides a new model for the way that Council designs and delivers projects. The Better Places program involves everyone that lives in, and loves a place - including residents, businesses, property owners and visitors - to think about and design for change in the future.

Earlier this year, you told us what you love most about the area, what you would like to see change, and any big ideas you might have to improve Spotswood and South Kingsville into the future. More than 3,300 responses were gathered through focus group workshops, Participate Hobsons Bay and a mailout questionnaire.

Feedback that was received relating to the Spotswood Activity Centre Structure Plan and the Spotswood and South Kingsville Local Area Movement Plan (LAMP) continues to inform these two projects. Both of these projects will seek further community feedback soon.

Draft Vision Summary

Click here to read the draft Vision Summary

A vision for Spotswood and South Kingsville

The feedback that was generously provided has been reviewed to develop a draft Vision Summary that ‘SHAPES’ the community’s views into a clear vision:

Key themes

Better Places Spotswood and South Kingsville Key Themes

The vision is further broken down into four (4) key themes:

  • Remembering Our Past, Shaping Our Future
  • Changing How We Move Into The Future
  • Improving + Greening Our Spaces and Places
  • Enhancing Our Village Lifestyle

These themes are intended to describe what the Spotswood and South Kingsville community values most as well as the elements that they want to see protected and improved into the future.

We invite you to:

  • explore the guiding principles and potential projects that align to the shared vision within each of the four theme tabs below, or within the draft Vision Summary
  • chat with members of the Better Places project team and share your feedback in-person during one of our three pop-up community engagement sessions. Register to attend these using the links provided on the right-hand side of the page
  • provide your feedback in the survey at the bottom of the page

Your feedback will help inform the development of the final Place Guide which will have information on the priority, scope and timeframes of future projects in Spotswood and South Kingsville.

We are encouraging as many people as possible to fill in the survey online however hard copy surveys have been delivered to residents in Spotswood and South Kingsville for those without internet access.

We are seeking your feedback between Friday 26 February until 11.59pm, Friday 2 April 2021.

The Spotswood and South Kingsville community value the industrial heritage of the area but want to see a shift in the future towards more diversified industries and commercial uses that are greener, smarter and more connected to the local community.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

1.1 Support the transition from heavy industry to more diversified industries and commercial activities. New businesses and developments should incorporate the industrial heritage into new urban commercial uses, while industry and business should be sympathetic to the area’s residential mix.

1.2 All policy, strategy, and regulatory frameworks should be aligned and coordinated at local and state government levels to ensure the future vision can be realised.

1.3 Investigate opportunities to improve the interface and connections between the industrial and residential precincts and maintain the areas unique residential, commercial, and industrial mix into the future.

1.4 Look for opportunities to tell the area’s rich history in new, engaging, and innovative ways. Connect local places, spaces, and destinations through these stories.


POTENTIAL PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

1. A Guiding Vision

Ensure that the community’s vision for the transition to more diversified industries and commercial uses that are greener, smarter and more connected to the local community is incorporated into and supported in all planning and statutory documents and supporting studies including:

  • The Spotswood Activity Centre Structure Plan
  • Reimagining the Local Economy Project
  • Council’s Industrial Land Management Strategy and Design Guidelines
  • Council's Economic Development Strategy

2. Future Industries Action Group

Provide coordination, funding and resources for the development of a Future Industries Action Group for Spotswood and South Kingsville that will:

  • bring together representatives from local industrial businesses and property owners, council and community representatives, Scienceworks, local entrepreneurs and creatives
  • undertake a strategy / identity / branding process that establishes a clear vision for the future of the industrial precinct and identifies opportunities and inspiration examples to support the transition towards more diversified industries and commercial uses that are greener, smarter and more connected to the local industry
  • work with Council to attract businesses, identify opportunities for government funding, and undertake capital works that support the vision

3. Hidden Histories Project

Ensure that the community’s vision for the protection of the areas diverse character and industrial heritage is supported. Council to develop a ‘Hidden Histories’ project that compliments and links to other heritage studies and programs that are currently in place or underway for Hobsons Bay but that will be a pilot heritage project that is specifically targeted at Spotswood and South Kingsville and will:

  • work with the local historical society and community to identify and catalogue key stories / sites for Spotswood and South Kingsville that will provide a basis for future heritage / interpretive / art based projects that will ‘tell the story’ of the different precincts and character zones across the local area
  • bring together any relevant heritage information that emerges from the Spotswood Heritage Review that is currently underway and develop a range of targeted initiatives and projects that can be undertaken to maintain and enhance the local character and industrial heritage of the area
  • support the identification of buildings and character elements to be protected through the Spotswood Activity Centre Structure Plan and heritage review
  • explore ideas and opportunities for murals / artwork / sculpture, events, trails and activation of vacant spaces throughout Spotswood and South Kingsville that can be actioned in short to mid term projects
  • investigate opportunities to partner with with innovative industry leaders to trial and provide new and interesting interpretive technologies such as smart poles and apps that support walking tours etc.

4. A Better Place for Industry

Develop an improvement and greening project focused on the Spotswood Industrial Precinct that is similar to Cool Streets or “beautify your neighbourhood” that:

  • sets out the principles and actions to be undertaken to provide physical improvements (such as upgrading streetscapes, improving pedestrian and cyclist connections and providing new public spaces) that enhance the function and attractiveness of the Spotswood industrial precinct and support a shift towards smarter, greener and more local industries
  • undertakes intensive fast-tracked tree planting throughout the industrial precinct as part of the ‘Greening Your Neighbourhood Project’

Making Spotswood and South Kingsville more walkable and bike friendly, and enhancing the linkages and facilities that will promote a shift towards public transport and active transport into the future.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

2.1 The areas movement network to be designed to give priority to public transport and active transport into the future to accommodate projected population growth

2.2 Focus on undertaking upgrades and new works that enhance key linkages and streetscapes to make Spotswood and South Kingsville a more bike and pedestrian friendly place

2.3 Design transport networks to support preferred modes of transport and reduce unintended through traffic and heavy vehicle movements within the local streets and neighbourhoods

2.4 Focus on improving access and connections within Spotswood and South Kingsville to key regional linkages such as Federation Trail and the West Gate Veloway to help promote active transport into the future


POTENTIAL PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

5: Streets for People Project

Complimenting the future Local Area Movement Plan and Spotswood Activity Centre Structure Plan, develop a targeted project that investigates options for undertaking streetscape works that will help to reduce the impact of heavy vehicle movements, through traffic and congestion on our village and neighbourhood streets and to make the area feel safer and more pedestrian and cyclist friendly including:

  • reducing vehicle speeds and heavy vehicle movements through targeted streetscape works and enforcement of designated routes and controls that will reduce heavy vehicle speeds and volumes and direct traffic from the industrial area eastwards rather than through neighbourhood areas
  • designating key village and neighbourhood streets as ‘slow streets’ and apply the principles of ‘streets for people’ to add elements such as trees and planting, street furniture, widened footpaths and water sensitive design that shift the character and priority towards pedestrians and cyclists and reduces the dominance of cars

6: The GreenLine Project

Develop a vison and project implementation strategy for the ‘GreenLine’ project which will transition Hall Street and the Craig Street / McLister Street / Birmingham Street corridors into a major active transport movement spine for Spotswood and South Kingsville that:

  • develops the project as a best-practice demonstration and catalyst for active transport for Hobsons Bay that takes inspiration and applies principles from leading examples from around the world
  • establishes a major active transport network through the heart of Spotswood and South Kingsville that links all key destinations including the major future development precincts, schools, Spotswood Station and village centres and helps to shift the priority from private vehicle usage to active transport
  • directly connects through to the West Gate Tunnel Veloway providing a direct active transport link through Melbourne CBD
  • undertakes a pilot project in Hall Street North that demonstrates the application of the principles of ‘streets designed for people’ and active transport
  • provides opportunities to demonstrate and test changes through pop-up / semi-permanent streetscape and active transport projects

7: Missing Links Project

Develop an intensive fast-tracked schedule to improve the pedestrian and cyclist network that:

  • identifies and constructs all missing pedestrian + cyclist links / footpaths and key crossings
  • identifies any additional initiatives (such as bike storage, lighting etc) to help make Spotswood and South Kingsville a more walkable and cycle friendly place
  • developing wayfinding and signage elements that connect key destinations within Spotswood and South Kingsville, reinforce the character and history of the area and trial new and interesting technologies such as smart poles and apps that support active transport, walking tours etc

8: Multi-Modal Network

In combination with the work being undertaken for the Spotswood and South Kingsville Local Area Movement Plan (LAMP), provide a targeted plan to design and deliver improvements to the local public transport facilities and network including:

  • providing upgrades such as improved bus stop interchange, parkiteer / bike storage facilities, car parking and pedestrian / cyclist safety and access, and street furniture to enhance the attractiveness and function of the Spotswood Station
  • advocating for re-routing and adding of new routes and upgrading facilities to improve to bus services and linkages to key destinations such as Scienceworks, Spotswood Station and Hudsons Road and to directly service future development precincts
  • upgrading and improving access to the punt service to increase its attractiveness, usage and viability into the future
  • identifying opportunities to prioritise active transport and public transport connections to the new major development precincts through the design of the movement network
  • explore potential opportunities to partner with innovative industry leaders to trial alternative vehicle modes such as electric car share, electric bikes and small shuttle buses

Spotswood and South Kingsville residents want to make their streets, parklands and neighbourhoods greener and know there will be a need to increase the provision and accessibility of public space as the population grows into the future


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

3.1 Seek opportunities to improve the amenity, function and linkages to existing public spaces to maximise their attractiveness, flexibility, accessibility and usability for all residents and for different times of the day

3.2 Look for opportunities to provide new public spaces throughout Spotswood and South Kingsville and to improve connectivity to neighbouring areas to help increase the provision and accessibility of open space as the population increases into the future

3.3 Increase the amount of greenery in all streets and public areas and improve the diversity and health of the tree population within Spotswood and South Kingsville - aim towards achieving at least 40% canopy within all parks and streetscapes

3.4 Increase opportunities for the community to experience and connect with water and the natural environment


POTENTIAL PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

9: Green Your Neighbourhood Project

Develop a greening project similar to Cool Streets that compliments the Urban Forest Strategy but provides a targeted and fast-tracked planting program throughout Spotswood and South Kingsville that:

  • provides a program of street / neighbourhood greening projects that involve the local community and apply the principles of a 'trees-led' approach to the design, transformation and greening of the area
  • focuses on adding new street trees to all street vacancies along key pedestrian and cyclist movement corridors and main roads and creating ‘green gateways’ such as along the Melbourne Road entrance to Hobsons Bay
  • provides short and long-term program for tree planting in all residential streets
  • provides a process and timeline for greening of streets within the industrial area of Spotswood and includes guidelines / incentives for land owners to green their private properties to help improve the character of the industrial precinct

10: Love Our Parks Project

Upgrade community parks within Spotswood and South Kingsville as a single co-ordinated project that completes upgrade works that have already been undertaken or are underway including:

  • identifying currently under-utilised parks or spaces that could be improved through upgraded or new facilities
  • reviewing the capacity of current sports clubs and facilities and provides a plan for future growth and function into the future
  • exploring opportunities and the feasibility for new parks to be created through acquisitions and change of ownership in the local area
  • providing opportunities for community input into the redesign / improvement of the parks
  • exploring opportunities to establish green avenues and linkages, art trails and wayfinding and that tie the parks together
  • incorporating art / educational elements that celebrate Spotswood and South Kingsville’s history + diverse culture

11: Pop-Up Community Spaces

Develop a new program that works with the local community to identify and transform vacant spaces within the local area through pop-up / semi-permanent projects that create new community spaces and may lead to longer term changes including:

  • smaller community gardens, pocket parks, orchards and edible gardens on vacant land such as rail corridors
  • new spaces created through the reconfiguration or partial / temporary closure of streets
  • pop-up streetscape / village projects such as street parklets
  • investigating opportunities for schools to open their ovals, playgrounds and facilities for after-hours community use

12: Re-Connecting to Water and Environment

Develop a project that focuses on improving the health of the natural environment and connection to water and nature including:

  • providing a program and timeline for the rehabilitation of the southern bank of Stony Creen and provision of new active transport connections through to Stony Creek Reserve
  • undertake a landscape master plan that identifies potential opportunities and issues for increasing longer term connectivity and access to the Maribyrnong River and Yarra River foreshores and the feasibility of developing a master plan for the Riverside Park from Westgate Bridge to Newport Power Station
  • seeks opportunities, wherever practical, to incorporate Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and stormwater harvesting into all future streetscape and parkland project

Helping to maintain the vibrant village lifestyle of Spotswood and South Kingsville into the future.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

4.1 Seek opportunities to improve the amenity, function and access of the village centres and neighbourhoods, reduce negative vehicular impacts and continue to make them more pedestrian and bicycle friendly to enhance the village character and support local businesses

4.2 Look for ways to connect people within the community (local traders, creatives, entrepreneurs etc) to stimulate new partnerships, activities and opportunities (art initiatives, community events, business initiatives) that will enhance the ‘local feel’ and add life and vibrancy to the village areas and neighbourhoods

4.3 Ensure a variety of innovative and affordable housing options are provided into the future to try to maintain a level of diversity, choice and affordability in the local area

4.4 Recognise the diversity and different characters of the neighbourhoods and precincts that make up Spotswood and South Kingsville, and support projects that enhance each precinct’s heritage and individual character


POTENTIAL PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

13: Better Villages Program

Undertake a project that is specifically focused on delivering improvements, adding more life and activity and supporting the local businesses and character of our village centres including:

  • applying the initiatives from the ‘Streets for People Project’ to undertaking streetscape works that will reduce the impact of heavy vehicle movements, through traffic and congestion and make our village centres feel safer and more pedestrian and cyclist friendly
  • applying initiatives from the ‘Greening Your Neighbourhood’ and ‘Pop-up Community Spaces’ projects to improve the greening, amenity and activation of our village centres and to transform and create new public spaces
  • undertaking works that improve public transport and active transport connections to our village centres
  • working with traders, creatives and locals through targeted consultation and the formation of a Local Leaders Action Group to deliver new artwork, activities and events for our village centres

14: Better Community Places Project

Undertake a targeted project that reviews the capacity of current community facilities throughout Spotswood and South Kingsville and identifies demand and opportunities for re-organising or adding new facilities to cater for population growth into the future including:

  • encouraging and supporting local events, services and activities such as Grazelands and the Slow Food Melbourne Farmers Market that provide important community meeting places, strengthen local identity and help to bring the community together
  • investigating demand, opportunities and viability associated with providing a new community space or meeting place for Spotswood and South Kingsville (such as a community arts / creative space, community garden, environmental / community education space)
  • investigate opportunities and viability of the Glassworks Social Club being used as a future community art space

15: Local Leaders

Council to provide funding and resources for the development of a Local Leaders Action Group and other initiatives to help guide and deliver the projects and programs identified in the Spotswood and South Kingsville Place Guide including:

  • forming a Local Leaders Action Group that will bring together representatives from local traders, local artist and creatives, business entrepreneurs and local community leaders to play a community 'think-tank' / advisory / champion role and provide ideas, connections and active involvement in the delivery of the Better Places projects
  • as a key initiative Council will investigate the feasibility of creating new Place Maker role as the main point of contact for the group and to provide a central leadership and coordination role in delivering the projects identified under the Better Places Spotswood and South Kingsville
  • providing information, resources and coordination between existing events / activities and any new initiatives developed under Better Places to help strengthen community support and ownership over the process and to get the best possible outcomes for the activation, diversity and character of the village centres and wider community

16: Housing Choice

Ensure diverse, high quality and affordable housing is available in Spotswood and South Kingsville to accommodate projected future population growth including:

  • ensuring that all new development precincts provide adequate affordable housing and public open space contributions
  • ensuring that all new development precincts are directly serviced by public and active transport modes
  • supporting and advocating for innovative housing types that add a greater choice and diversity to future housing stock
  • acknowledging the different neighbourhood and character types currently throughout Spotswood and South Kingsville and ensuring that any future planning changes maintain the heritage and diversity