Proposed Road Closure
To create this new space, an area of Lower Esplanade in front of the Palais Theatre will need to be closed, and the road to the west of the closure (extending to Jacka Boulevard) will need to be converted to a two-way roadway.
The road closure process will be undertaken in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, which requires the proposed road closure to be publicly advertised. Council will consider proposed permanent partial closure and change in road function of Lower Esplanade at its 8 December 2021 Ordinary Council meeting. Council reports are available on the Meetings and agendas page of Council’s website the Friday before each Council meeting: https://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/about-the-council/council-meetings/2021-meetings-and-agendas
Cavell Street shared zone
Converting the section of Cavell Street between the Palais Theatre and Luna Park to a shared zone is being managed through a separate process in consultation with the Department of Transport (DoT). Approval from DoT is required to ensure the proposed change provides a safe and compliant outcome for pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
Make a submission
You are welcome to make a submission on the proposed road closure and alterations by Wednesday 12 January 2022.
Submissions can be made through Have Your Say at https://haveyoursay.portphillip.vic.gov.au from 15 December.
Submissions will be presented at a Council meeting on 16 February 2022. If you’d like to speak to your submission at this meeting, please register at https://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/about-the-council/council-meetings/request-to-speak-at-a-council-meeting.
Construction is anticipated to start in May 2022 and take approximately six months to complete. During construction, some disruption to traffic and pedestrians will occur, particularly during construction of the Cavell Street shared zone. Construction works are planned to take place outside the summer months to minimise disruption. The Esplanade Market and access to the Palais Theatre and Luna Park will remain open during construction.
Some noise will be associated with construction works but will be limited to normal working hours. We will provide regular construction updates and advice relating to any temporary road or footpath closures will be provided in advance.