Geelong's Arts and Cultural Precinct Public Realm Improvements Project will transform the streets in the precinct to support events, alfresco dining and activation from the surrounding cultural facilities and other businesses.

Focusing on Police Lane, Aitchison Place, and the western end of Little Malop Street, the project aims to seamlessly integrate with the open forecourt of the surrounding buildings and enhance green spaces in Johnstone Park and around the Geelong Arts Centre.

Concept design of Geelong Arts Centre

Revitalising the existing laneways is expected to draw in more crowds more often, creating safer and accessible new surfaces, landscaping, and other streetscape improvements to focus on designing a people-focused precinct.

The laneways’ design evolved out of a series of collaborative workshops with precinct stakeholders to revitalise the streetscape and better support the needs and functions of the cultural, historic, and creative spaces in the precinct.

The Traditional Owners of this land, the Wadawurrung Peoples, are recognised for their ability to care for country and their deep spiritual connection to it. The project team has worked with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation to weave their rich culture and heritage into the site to enhance the public realm experience. This will be reflected in the materials used, the landscape design that focuses on native flora and fauna, and mapping of country, watercourses, and important cultural trails.

The revitalisation of the laneways in the precinct will be complete to coincide with the opening of the Geelong Arts Centre Stage 3 Redevelopment in 2023.

Find out more at and register to attend an online information session at 12pm on 22 March 2022. The online engagement will close on 2 April 2022.

Stage: Community consultation

Duration: 2021-2023

Location: Police Lane, Aitchison Place, and the west end of Little Malop Street.

Funding partners: The Arts and Cultural Precinct Public Realm Improvements Project, including the completed renewal of Police Lane and Atchinson Place, is being delivered as part of the $500 million Geelong City Deal, a collaborative plan to transform Geelong and the Great Ocean Road by the Australian and Victorian Governments, and the City of Greater Geelong through the Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan.

The project will be delivered working in collaboration with the Geelong Arts Centre Redevelopment project team as the Arts and Cultural Precinct Public Realm Improvements Project comes to life.

Concept design - Police Lane

Concept design - Police Lane

Concept design - Aitchison Place

Concept design - Aitchison Place

Concept design - Little Malop Street

Concept design - Little Malop Street

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Page last updated: 15/03/22