Inspired by central Melbourne’s world-famous laneways, central Geelong’s Laneways Action Plan identifies opportunities to create new pathways through the city. Improving Geelong’s laneway network by enhancing existing and creating new corridors, will significantly contribute to the future liveability and economic prosperity of the city.

The expansion of Geelong’s laneway network is one step closer, with works set to begin later this year to breakthrough and extend Dennys Place from Malop Street to Little Malop Street.

Laneways make it easier to move around and improve the connectivity of a city. The new Dennys Place passage will better link the Malop Street Green Spine, the city’s waterfront and the university precinct with Little Malop Street’s thriving shops, food outlets and nightlife.

The laneway will also improve pedestrian access for thousands of office workers from the WorkSafe and NDIA head offices, as workers frequent the popular Little Malop Street al fresco precinct.

Artist impression of Dennys Place Laneway after the breakthrough project looking out to Little Malop Street and featuring stone walls, seating and greenery

Artist impression of Dennys Place.

Stage: Planning

Project duration: 2018- 2021

Location: Breakthrough 28 Malop Street to extend Dennys Place

Funding partners: The State Government is investing $2.7 million into building innovative and creative key connections in Geelong to make it easier for pedestrians to move through the city from the iconic waterfront precinct to the CBD. A further $1.35 million has been allocated through the Geelong City Deal. The $382.48 million Geelong City Deal is a 10-year partnership between the three levels of government to secure the economic success of Geelong and its people.

The Geelong City Deal will support the revitalisation of central Geelong and the region’s continued economic diversification, with particular focus on unlocking the significant economic potential of the visitor economy of the Great Ocean Road region.

Dennys Place Laneway Project

Community Update – July 2021

The City of Greater Geelong and the State Government are working together as the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership, to plan and deliver the Dennys Place Laneway Project. The project supports the revitalisation of central Geelong to turn the CBD into a magnet for new jobs and growth.

Final laneway designs have been completed and released for tender to procure the construction team.

The new Dennys Place laneway will create a direct link from Malop Street to Geelong’s exciting Little Malop Street restaurant, bar and retail precinct, dramatically improving pedestrian flow through central Geelong and bringing new life to the city.

The laneway also creates a connection from the waterfront to the medical precinct at an intimate scale that encourages pedestrian movement.

Once complete, the laneway will be welcoming, open and well-lit to support pedestrian safety. Greenery, seating, and public art will add to the charm of central Geelong and will activate new areas, attracting more people and new businesses, while also supporting emerging and existing businesses.

Construction on the Dennys Place Laneway Project is set to begin in August, with the project estimated to be completed in December 2021.

The State Government is investing $2.7 million into building innovative and creative key connections in Geelong to make it easier for pedestrians to move through the city from the iconic waterfront precinct to the CBD. A further $1.35 million has been allocated for the Dennys Place connection through the $382.48 million Geelong City Deal – a 10-year partnership between the Australian and Victorian governments, and the City of Greater Geelong to secure the economic success of Geelong and its people.

The Geelong City Deal will support the revitalisation of central Geelong and the region’s continued economic diversification, with particular focus on unlocking the significant economic potential of the visitor economy.

If you are new to the area and haven't heard about the Dennys Place Laneway Project, more information is available on the Revitalising Central Geelong website at revitalisingcentralgeelong.vic.gov.au.

To register for the regular online information sessions or works updates please provide your details by email to rcg@geelongcity.vic.gov.au.

Artist impression of Dennys Place after the laneway breakthrough featuring stone walls, lighting and greenery

Artist impression of Dennys Place featuring stone walls, lighting and greenery (subject to planning approval).

Artist impression of Dennys Place after the laneway breakthrough looking out to Malop Street

Artist impression of Dennys Place looking out to Malop Street (subject to planning approval).

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Page last updated: 09/08/21