Melbourne businesses, creatives and event managers are rallying in the wake of COVID-19, alongside swift and strategic investment from the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government.
A multitude of projects are underway to reactivate Melbourne, and the city has begun to change before our eyes.
Many of the initiatives are being delivered through the $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund, a partnership between the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government.
Next time you visit the city, look out for key physical changes, including 40 km of new bike lanes and ‘little streets’ that have been made more pedestrian-friendly.
Here are four more exciting things that have popped up around Melbourne.
1. Public art in vacant shopfronts
Creative artworks by local artists are bringing colour and vibrancy to vacant shopfronts as the city rebalances from the effects of COVID-19.
Delivered as part of the Melbourne City Recovery Fund, this program supports the creative sector and creates a welcoming environment on our streets. Find out more at Public art.
2. COVID-safe versions of beloved events
Melburnians are grinning, chuckling and guffawing through more than three weeks of COVID-safe laughs thanks to the return of the world-renowned Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
3. More than 1500 new outdoor dining areas
Dine with friends in an iconic Melbourne laneway or pop-up parklet to support local businesses as they continue to adapt amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
The City of Melbourne has extended its outdoor dining program to help venues reopen and continue operating. Find out more about this program at Outdoor dining.
4. 150,000 new trees, shrub and grasses
Look out for new native vegetation around Royal Park, Parkville and the Dynon Road wildlife reserve that will help support biodiversity, cool the city and create jobs.
Funded by the Victorian Government, Greening the City is the largest revegetation project that the City of Melbourne has ever undertaken. Learn more at Urban forest.
Looking to the future, business support will continue to be front and centre, and an advisory committee comprised of retail, hospitality and creative industry leaders will focus on rebuilding the night-time economy.
Iconic places will also be revitalised, with plans underway for upgrades to the Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct and Princess Theatre forecourt.
While the city might not look quite like you remember, Melbourne’s restaurants, shops, bars, art institutions and events are open for business. And people are hungry to return to the city they love.
We encourage you to rediscover your city and feel the buzz of what is to come. Get started over at What’s On Melbourne.