In November 2018, Council endorsed a Cultural Precinct Plan to inform future development and streetscape works. The Elsternwick Cultural Precinct Vision is for ‘an active and thriving meeting place known here and abroad for its diverse mix of cultural experiences and as a wonderful and welcoming local place for everyday life’.
The revitalisation of the Precinct includes a range of linked initiatives that align with this vision. These include: Council-led upgrades to the streetscape and public realm; expansion of the Jewish Holocaust Centre with $10 million in Commonwealth Government funding; relocation of the Jewish Museum; upgrades to Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library; and establishment of the new Jewish Cultural and Arts Precinct with $1.5million in funding from State Government. Other local stakeholders including the Classic Cinema, have also actively explored opportunities to renew and redevelop.
What is the next stage?
Council has appointed Rush Wright Associates (see Dandenong Civic Centre) to undertake detailed design work. The team is progressing through site analysis and traffic movements studies for the Precinct, which will inform future, more detailed plans. Plans will also draw on a review of challenges and opportunities for place activation.
This work is occurring in consultation with the Elsternwick Precinct Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from: the Jewish Holocaust Centre; Kadimah; Sholem Aleichem College; Classic Cinema; Community Security Group; the Jewish Culture and Arts Precinct; local traders; Traders’ Association; and residents.
Established in 2019, Committee members are partnering with Council to oversee the design and align plans for their organisations with the Vision for the Precinct.
The Committee’s role includes commissioning artwork for the centre that will commemorate survivors of the Holocaust. Council has sought submissions and upcoming stages of the project will include confirmation of the appointment and public announcement of an artist to undertake this work.
When will designs be ready?
At the start of 2020, work to develop detailed designs for the Precinct is underway. Further work and consultation with local stakeholders is required prior to designs being presented to Council and made ready for the public.
Construction of the various buildings for local cultural institutions are to be determined by the landowners and the permit processes. At this stage of the project, timeframes for construction have not been determined.
Council has endorsed a part closure of Selwyn Street to allow vehicles to enter and exit Selwyn Street from both Glen Huntly Road and Sinclair Streets, however vehicles will not be permitted to pass through due to the mid-block closure.
Special Council Meeting was held on Thursday 11 April 2019 where interested parties had the opportunity to formally speak in support of their submission with respect to the proposal to introduce a mid-block closure to Selwyn Street.
At an Ordinary Council meeting held on 30 April 2019, Council considered all submissions received during the stated public notice period. Council resolved to proceed with the mid-block closure to Selwyn Street, pending a detailed precinct design before any traffic changes are implemented.
The Elsternwick Cultural Precinct is a project outlined in the Elsternwick Structure Plan