Green Spine 'stage one' opens!

Economic Development Pillar

The transformation of the Malop Street Green Spine, between Yarra and Moorabool Streets, is finished and has reopened a week ahead of schedule.

The extensive redevelopment includes a spectacular eight metre-wide botanic walk on the south side of the street, complemented by more trees and plantings on the north side, separated bike lanes on each side and a complete rebuilding of the roadway.

To celebrate completion of stage one, a public event will be held on Sunday August 12.

‘GEE-Longest Kick on the Green Spine’ will feature an AFL kicking competition along the street with representatives from local clubs vying for the title of the men’s and women’s Gee-longest Kick. Geelong Cats players will join in the celebration along with a host of street entertainment and activities.

The $8 million stage one of the Green Spine is a key project in the 10-year Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan, implementation of which is a G21 Priority Project.

The creation of the botanic walk along with multiple seating options makes it a great place for visitors to eat, sit, relax and watch the world go by.

It is one of a significant number of current and completed projects to transform central Geelong including the Laneways Project, the Johnstone Park Raingarden and the Little Malop Street Bridge.

The Green Spine’s north-side works followed the successful delivery of the south side, with its spectacular eight metre-wide botanic walk and a separated bike path.

The ingenious design includes an extensive bank of subterranean growing cells ensuring that the newly planted trees have room to extend their roots without affecting footpaths and road surfaces.

With Malop Street first sealed in 1944, the road surface also has received a complete restoration. A series of resurfacing and patching since the road was first sealed had increased the road surface up to 60cm in parts. All of this was removed so the road could be rebuilt for future needs.

Stage one has been funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the City of Greater Geelong and Regional Development Victoria.