An emphasis on creating new community spaces and facilities is bringing more people back to central Dandenong.
The area now benefits from a number of community projects including:
• Improved access from the railway station to central Dandenong
• Pop-Up Park
• Halpin Way
• Settlers Square
• City of Greater Dandenong Civic Plaza and library
Halpin Way, Settlers Square and the Pop-Up Park received an award for their contribution to the amenity of central Dandenong at the 2013 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects awards.
Halpin Way is named after Sister Ann Halpin (1939-2009), an active community member who founded the Wellsprings for Women drop-in centre and improved opportunities for refugee and migrant women in the Dandenong area. Together with Settlers Square, Halpin Way provides an improved link for pedestrians and cyclists between Dandenong railway station and the city centre.
Settlers Square provides a well-lit and active public meeting and event space for local residents, workers and visitors. The square’s name acknowledges the early settler activity that established Dandenong’s reputation as a gateway.
The Pop-Up Park is a temporary park in Foster Street featuring two synthetic soccer pitches, a barbeque and picnic area, and a community garden. Made possible through an Australian Government Jobs Fund grant and a Victorian Government Community Support Fund grant, this Development Victoria initiative has been delivered as part of Mission Australia's Urban Renewal program
City of Greater Dandenong Civic Plaza
The City of Greater Dandenong’s new municipal building features a civic plaza with seating, green space, plantings and a giant screen. Dubbed the Federation Square of the south east, the civic plaza will feature screenings and events throughout the year and is a great meeting space.
The early delivery of key infrastructure has been a priority of the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative.
Stockmans Bridge is the new western entrance to central Dandenong and opened in September 2010.
The $29.5 million bridge spans the railway line and links Cheltenham Road with the city centre.
It provides an alternative to the traffic bottleneck in the Cheltenham Road/Foster Street and the Hammond Road/Webster Street areas.
Stockmans Bridge provides improved bicycle, pedestrian and vehicle access for traffic entering and exiting central Dandenong via the south and west.
Stockmans Bridge, which found its name via a 2010 competition run by VicRoads, the City of Greater Dandenong and Development Victoria, features distinctive artwork inspired by the site’s saleyard history.