Greening Brunswick's Albert Street for a lively and livable neighbourhood (media release)

Bunswick’s Albert Street is set to bloom bright thanks to a community planting session with local groups and businesses, aiming to green the streetscape and build a better neighbourhood.

Merri-bek Mayor Cr Natalie Abboud joined with staff and students from Sydney Road Community School, volunteers from disability support organisation Milparinka and local businesses 281 Café and The Railway Hotel to plant Lambs Ear, Pig Face, Lomandra Lime Tuff and Flowering Spurge in planter beds between the railway line and Sydney Road.

The planting idea was born through the Moreland Parklet Program, started by Council in June 2017, designed to enhance and bring life to streets to strengthen our communities.

Cr Abboud said the Parklet Program was about investing in our local surrounds and partnering with local groups to build better neighbourhoods.

“Council is working with local communities to create welcoming public spaces for everyone to enjoy,” said Cr Abboud.

“Greening and improving Merri-bek’s streets is important as we plan for and keep pace with rapid urban change. As well as making streets more appealing, greening them can give us a sense of belonging and pride in our neighbourhood.”

Woolworths also jumped on-board the planting session, donating a $50 voucher to supply volunteers with snacks and drinks and Bunnings added to the team’s equipment with a donation of gardening gloves and hi-vis jackets. 

While the community planting session was a small-scale venture, Council hopes to engage with the local community to seek input for new features to transform Albert Street into a more vibrant and welcoming street where neighbours can meet, friends can catch up and all can enjoy the environment.

Albert Street was selected for the planting because it has gone through significant change over the last two years with new businesses, a 14-storey development and the current renovation of the Railway Hotel Brunswick.