- Project: Creating Clayton’s Laneways
- Organisation: City of Monash
- Grant fund: Public Safety Infrastructure Fund
- Grant amount: $131,123
The Thomas St laneway provides direct access to the Clayton shopping strip and the Clayton major activity centre.
Local residents, especially senior citizens and young people, raised concerns over perceived and actual safety in this area. There was evidence of drug use in the car park, several assaults were reported and residents sought an alternative route to the shopping centre, reducing the natural surveillance of the area. A Victoria Police Safety audit identified a range of issues in the area including insufficient lighting, graffiti and unmaintained buildings.
The Thomas St laneway redevelopment improves public safety by increasing visual surveillance, improving lighting, reducing vandalism and by creating an appealing gathering space for local residents.
The grant funding has been used to:
- improve outdoor lighting with the installation of LED lights
- install new street furniture in the laneway
- install vibrant new artwork, giving the area a light and colourful feel
- landscape both ends of the laneway, improving sightlines and natural surveillance and creating a visually appealing space
- repair old brick paving throughout laneway
- install ‘zebra stripes’ to act as rumble strips to slow traffic at the intersection of the laneway.
The local community and visitors are enjoying the new public space and have already noticed a reduction in vandalism and associated anti-social behaviour.
Hear from Cr Micaela Drieberg and Colin Bostock, Senior Place Manager, City of Monash on the project at the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund Grants Information Forum. Presentation slides are available below.