The streetscape upgrade to Labuan Square in Norlane has been officially opened.
Cr Anthony Aitken said the rejuvenation of Labuan Square has been a long-term priority for Windermere Ward councillors. The project was put on the agenda back in 2018, and received wider Council support to upgrade the streetscape, with better surfaces, play items, furniture, and gardens.
“On the back of this commitment, and significant public input, the Victorian Government provided support via two separate grants,” Cr Aitken said. “It was fantastic to see the community using the more attractive and vibrant space, at the official opening of the space in early August.”
The City of Greater Geelong contributed $405,000 to the project along with $326,000 contributed by the Victorian Government through the Department of Jobs Skills Industry and Regions (DJSIR) COVID Safe Outdoor Place Activation Fund ($100,000) and the Department of Justice and Community Safety, Creating Safer Places grant ($226,000).
Features of the work include:
- Streetscape improvements, which also feature smart nodes, CCTV and free public Wi-Fi.
- Additional amenities, such as a toilet, shelter, and children’s waterplay fountain.
- A public mural, by Nikki McKenzie, Norm Stanley and Tarryn Love, which highlights First Nations creativity and culture.
The landscaping and art installations reference the nearby Cowies Creek, providing a unique, local touch and a strong sense of community pride.
Cr Aitken said: “This upgrade is a big step towards the reactivation that this part of Geelong deserves. There is also a great opportunity to create an exciting new era for Labuan Square.”