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Feedback for energising local retail closing soon

We are proposing initiatives to create exciting retail experiences, and drive foot traffic to our retail centres. Have your say on the draft Retail Activation Strategy by 25 February.

Supporting business recovery is a key priority for Council. The draft strategy proposes a range of actions to inject new life and energy into our retail centres over the next 3 to 5 years.

Proposed actions include:

  • transforming our untapped spaces into inviting community spaces (e.g. installing seating and fairy lights in Knoxfield alley)
  • turning Knox into the Picnic Capital of Melbourne
  • programming a calendar of events for individual villages
  • opening up our carparks for community events (e.g. food truck festival at Tim Neville Arboretum)

For businesses, we are hosting dedicated online feedback sessions on Tuesday 22 February. During the sessions, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on initiatives, such as support to upgrade shop fronts and building facades, and help to adapt to the ban on single use plastics requirements starting in February 2023.

Many of these initiatives need the support from our business community to succeed. We are keen to understand if businesses are interested in getting involved in these initiatives to energise our retail centres.

Business online feedback sessions:

Further information about the draft strategy and community consultation is available on our Have your say website. Community feedback closes on Friday 25 February 2022.

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