Public art will be installed at key locations in Ferntree Gully village to restore pride in this once vibrant centre.
Knox Mayor, Councillor Marcia Timmers-Leitch said the public art, including light box galleries, creative play elements and murals, will activate public spaces in this historic community and retail precinct.
“Our plan is a direct response to feedback from traders and residents, who considered the village to be in a poor state with significant vandalism, graffiti and empty shops,” she said.
“Council has developed a plan in consultation with community members who told us they want to see the return of this once-vibrant, historic township. This plan will help Ferntree Gully Village realise its potential as a tourism destination and gateway to the Dandenong Ranges.
“Council’s plan uses art to beautify and create interest in the village and improve community safety along key pedestrian walkways with artworks installed within light boxes to help illuminate dark laneways. We will build on the unique identity of the village with community and public art installations reflecting the community-elected themes of nature and the environment, local history, First Nations and diversity to bring back the unique character of the village.
“This plan supports the long term cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Ferntree Gully Village for local residents, traders and visitors, and forms part of Council’s broader work to support suburban renewal and retail activation of key precincts in Knox.”
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The Ferntree Gully Creative Placemaking Plan is being delivered by Council in partnership with the Victorian Government. Council is contributing a $130,000 towards the project and has received $110,000 from the Victorian Government’s Living Local Fund Suburban Grants.