Streets for People (Northcote, Croxton and Thornbury)

The City of Darebin has launched an exciting project to transform part of our local street network into more people-friendly places.


Project Background

As our city continues to grow, the role and function of our local streets is changing. Darebin City Council is committed to working with our community to help define what our streets will look and feel like in the future.

The focus of this study is the Ethel Street / Stott Street / Herbert Street / Park Street corridor (shown in the above map). The corridor is affected by non-local traffic ('rat-running'), and accommodates high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, train stations, local business and schools. These various transport considerations must be balanced with the need to provide safe and attractive streets for the local community to not only use, but also enjoy and be proud of.

Our vision for the Streets for People project is:

to create a neighbourhood that is safe, green, clean and welcoming

The Streets for People project is fundamentally about improving the experience of local streets for the people who use them. Through the community engagement process undertaken during March and April of this year, we heard the most needed improvements along the corridor are:

  • making it easier & safer to undertake local trips on foot & bike
  • more shade, trees and greenery
  • more welcoming places for people to meet & play, and
  • reducing the negative impacts of vehicles.

Following an initial survey and a community design day in March / April 2018, the Streets for People draft strategy was published in June 2018 for public consultation (which can be viewed via the link on the right hand side of this page). The draft strategy contains the following:

  • A brief background of the project and why we’re undertaking it
  • A summary of the work completed so far including community consultation
  • A set of draft concepts which show the proposed traffic and streetscape works along the entire corridor as well as individual sections of Ethel Street, Stott Street, Herbert Street and Park Street.

What's next?

The draft strategy was exhibited for the public between the 7th June to 8th July - thank you to everyone who took the time to review the document and provide thoughtful feedback.

All comments and feedback were collated and used to refine the final project strategy and concept plans during July/August. The final strategy was endorsed by Council on 15th October, and detailed design and delivery of works are planned to commence in the 2018/19 financial year.

Stay tuned for further updates via this page or the City of Darebin Facebook page.


The City of Darebin has launched an exciting project to transform part of our local street network into more people-friendly places.


Project Background

As our city continues to grow, the role and function of our local streets is changing. Darebin City Council is committed to working with our community to help define what our streets will look and feel like in the future.

The focus of this study is the Ethel Street / Stott Street / Herbert Street / Park Street corridor (shown in the above map). The corridor is affected by non-local traffic ('rat-running'), and accommodates high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, train stations, local business and schools. These various transport considerations must be balanced with the need to provide safe and attractive streets for the local community to not only use, but also enjoy and be proud of.

Our vision for the Streets for People project is:

to create a neighbourhood that is safe, green, clean and welcoming

The Streets for People project is fundamentally about improving the experience of local streets for the people who use them. Through the community engagement process undertaken during March and April of this year, we heard the most needed improvements along the corridor are:

  • making it easier & safer to undertake local trips on foot & bike
  • more shade, trees and greenery
  • more welcoming places for people to meet & play, and
  • reducing the negative impacts of vehicles.

Following an initial survey and a community design day in March / April 2018, the Streets for People draft strategy was published in June 2018 for public consultation (which can be viewed via the link on the right hand side of this page). The draft strategy contains the following:

  • A brief background of the project and why we’re undertaking it
  • A summary of the work completed so far including community consultation
  • A set of draft concepts which show the proposed traffic and streetscape works along the entire corridor as well as individual sections of Ethel Street, Stott Street, Herbert Street and Park Street.

What's next?

The draft strategy was exhibited for the public between the 7th June to 8th July - thank you to everyone who took the time to review the document and provide thoughtful feedback.

All comments and feedback were collated and used to refine the final project strategy and concept plans during July/August. The final strategy was endorsed by Council on 15th October, and detailed design and delivery of works are planned to commence in the 2018/19 financial year.

Stay tuned for further updates via this page or the City of Darebin Facebook page.


  • Construction update - July 2019

    3 months ago
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    The first of our Streets for People road safety treatments have been constructed along Park Street and Herbert Street, Northcote. These include:

    • Two landscaped pinch points on Herbert Street between Arthurton road and Beavers Road
    • A raised pedestrian threshold across Bent Street at Herbert Street
    • A landscaped pinch point on Park Street near Westbourne Grove
    The photo shows the raised pedestrian threshold at Bent Street, with water sensitive urban design principles included in the rain gardens.


    The first of our Streets for People road safety treatments have been constructed along Park Street and Herbert Street, Northcote. These include:

    • Two landscaped pinch points on Herbert Street between Arthurton road and Beavers Road
    • A raised pedestrian threshold across Bent Street at Herbert Street
    • A landscaped pinch point on Park Street near Westbourne Grove
    The photo shows the raised pedestrian threshold at Bent Street, with water sensitive urban design principles included in the rain gardens.


  • Construction beginning soon!

    6 months ago

    The first treatments will soon be constructed for our Northcote-Thornbury Streets for people project. The work will be rolled out from April 2019 and continue over the next year.

    Residents will be receiving notifications of any work that will directly impact them. The full range of treatments to be installed can be found in the Streets for People Final Strategy document in the Document Library.

    The first treatments will soon be constructed for our Northcote-Thornbury Streets for people project. The work will be rolled out from April 2019 and continue over the next year.

    Residents will be receiving notifications of any work that will directly impact them. The full range of treatments to be installed can be found in the Streets for People Final Strategy document in the Document Library.

  • Streets for People Northcote, Croxton, Thornbury corridor endorsed by Council

    11 months ago

    At the Council Meeting held on October 15th 2018, Darebin Councillors endorsed the Northcote-Thornbury Corridor Strategy. We will now commence work to implement the recommendations from this Strategy. A copy of the final Strategy can be viewed in the Documents tab on this page.

    Thank you to all who contributed invaluable feedback and input to the process.

    At the Council Meeting held on October 15th 2018, Darebin Councillors endorsed the Northcote-Thornbury Corridor Strategy. We will now commence work to implement the recommendations from this Strategy. A copy of the final Strategy can be viewed in the Documents tab on this page.

    Thank you to all who contributed invaluable feedback and input to the process.

  • Feedback on the draft Strategy now closed

    about 1 year ago

    Feedback on the draft Streets for People strategy has now closed - we've had a huge response, so thank you to all for the comments and contributions received from across the community! Once we've collated all of the feedback and submissions we’ve received and fed this back into the strategy, we'll take the project and its recommendations to Council for their consideration in August / September.

    For further updates on this project, please stay tuned to the Streets for People page.

    Feedback on the draft Streets for People strategy has now closed - we've had a huge response, so thank you to all for the comments and contributions received from across the community! Once we've collated all of the feedback and submissions we’ve received and fed this back into the strategy, we'll take the project and its recommendations to Council for their consideration in August / September.

    For further updates on this project, please stay tuned to the Streets for People page.

  • We are now seeking your feedback!

    over 1 year ago

    Based on the outcomes of the community engagement process which has included an initial survey, workshops and a community design day, we have now prepared a draft strategy and concept plans and are seeking the community’s feedback.

    The Streets for People draft strategy is now available on the Streets for People page, which contains the following:

    - A brief background of the project and why we’re undertaking it

    - A summary of the work completed so far including community consultation

    - A set of draft plans which show the proposed traffic and streetscape works along the entire corridor as...

    Based on the outcomes of the community engagement process which has included an initial survey, workshops and a community design day, we have now prepared a draft strategy and concept plans and are seeking the community’s feedback.

    The Streets for People draft strategy is now available on the Streets for People page, which contains the following:

    - A brief background of the project and why we’re undertaking it

    - A summary of the work completed so far including community consultation

    - A set of draft plans which show the proposed traffic and streetscape works along the entire corridor as well as individual sections of Ethel Street, Stott Street, Herbert Street and Park Street.

    It is really important that we get as much feedback as possible on the draft designs, whether or not you live in the study area, or will be directly affected by any of the projects or interventions along the corridor. We will be exhibiting the draft strategy for comment and feedback until the 22nd June.

    You can now visit the Streets for People page, view the draft strategy and provide your feedback via our online survey!

    Thank you for you continued interest in this project.

  • Design Day and Next Steps

    over 1 year ago

    After a series of workshops and a community design day (thanks to all involved!), we've now moved into the concept development phase of the project. Stay tuned for the exhibition of the draft designs expected around the end of May - it is really important that we get as much feedback as possible on the draft designs, whether or not you live in the study area, or will be directly affected by any of the projects or interventions along the corridor.

    Please stay tuned to the Streets for People page, and feel free to contact the team at streetsforpeople@darebin.vic.gov.au...

    After a series of workshops and a community design day (thanks to all involved!), we've now moved into the concept development phase of the project. Stay tuned for the exhibition of the draft designs expected around the end of May - it is really important that we get as much feedback as possible on the draft designs, whether or not you live in the study area, or will be directly affected by any of the projects or interventions along the corridor.

    Please stay tuned to the Streets for People page, and feel free to contact the team at streetsforpeople@darebin.vic.gov.au or submit a question via the form at the bottom of the project page.

  • Initial Community Survey now closed

    over 1 year ago

    The first community survey has now closed - thank you to all for your contributions thus far, we’ve had a fantastic response! Over the coming weeks we will be collating the large number of surveys and feedback we’ve received and contacting those who have nominated as “street champions”.

    There will be further opportunities to be involved in the project over the coming months so please stay tuned to the Streets for People page, and feel free to contact the team at streetsforpeople@darebin.vic.gov.au or submit a question via the form at the bottom of the project page.

    The first community survey has now closed - thank you to all for your contributions thus far, we’ve had a fantastic response! Over the coming weeks we will be collating the large number of surveys and feedback we’ve received and contacting those who have nominated as “street champions”.

    There will be further opportunities to be involved in the project over the coming months so please stay tuned to the Streets for People page, and feel free to contact the team at streetsforpeople@darebin.vic.gov.au or submit a question via the form at the bottom of the project page.

  • Have your say and get involved!

    over 1 year ago

    We are now inviting you to get involved in the project by completing an online survey, asking a question, or nominating yourself as a street champion.

    We are now inviting you to get involved in the project by completing an online survey, asking a question, or nominating yourself as a street champion.