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Cultural precincts enhancement program

Melbourne’s Chinatown, Greek and Italian cultural precincts received a makeover between 2009 and 2012. Visit Cultural precincts works for full details.

The City of Melbourne and Victorian Government entered into a partnership in 2008 to create the City of Melbourne Cultural Precinct Enhancement Program with the aim to improve and expand on the precincts' existing strengths.

The Victorian Government committed $8 million and the City of Melbourne committed $2.2 million to the project to fund the restoration of significant laneways, street beautification, public art, landscaping and lighting.

Funds have also boosted resources for the communities to enhance and showcase their culture and heritage.

The City of Melbourne’s Cultural Precinct Enhancement Program focuses on:

  • Chinatown (Little Bourke Street, Melbourne)
  • Greek precinct (Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)
  • Lygon Street cultural precinct (Carlton)

Melbourne's cultural precincts – strategic frameworks

'A Strategic Framework for Melbourne’s Cultural Precincts' was developed in 2007, providing an overview of each of the three precincts as well as the long-term vision for each area.

Strategic Framework for Melbourne’s Cultural Precincts (PDF, 2.5MB)

Alternatively, you can contact us online or call the City of Melbourne on 03 9658 9658 to have a copy sent to you.

More information

For more information about Melbourne's cultural districts see: