New team giving local shopping strips a boost

Published on 03 April 2017

Glen Eira City Council has formed a new team to support local shopping centres.

The Neighbourhood Response Team brings together staff from different areas across Council to help local traders in practical ways.

Neighbourhood Response Team chair James Kearney said the Team is currently working with traders in Carnegie and Murrumbeena and will explore the potential to use the approach in other shopping centres in future.

"The Team is focussing on these two areas because they are feeling the effects of disruption from the State Government’s level crossing removal works," Mr Kearney said.

"We are currently working on helping the Murrumbeena and Carnegie shopping strips by replacing and refreshing dated street furniture, as well as easing parking disruption."

Since its formation late last year, the Neighbourhood Response Team, which includes front line staff from our customer service, placemaking, maintenance and traffic departments, has been the driving force behind a number of initiatives, including:

  • The implementation of practical parking changes to assist traders, such as making more short-term parking available in Murrumbeena (in consultation with the Neerim Road traders).
  • Refreshing and replanting streetscape garden beds along the Neerim Road activity centre.
  • Replacing weathered street furniture in Murrumbeena.
  • Creating bin storage areas for traders who had lost access to space to store bins when construction of the level crossing removal project started.
  • Enhancing the cleaning program for the public toilets in Murrumbeena and Carnegie to cope with the extra use. These are being washed and sanitised multiple times a day.

"We are now exploring other ways to help lift the areas including with banners, footpath decals, bin wraps or community art projects," Mr Kearney said.

Officers are also working with the trader associations to explore opportunities for street trading days or events.