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Brunswick is a diverse suburb shaped by numerous waves of migration. There is a lively entertainment area with quirky cafes and live music venues. Brunswick once supported a curious blend of industries including clay pits, quarrying, brickworks, footwear, foundries, textiles and creative services. Brunswick also has a strong history of activism supporting and opposing a wide spectrum of opinion and politics. Famous names in Australia's political history grew up on or lived in Brunswick. This small area of Melbourne was home to a Prime Minister, John Curtin; to intellectuals; to good hard working migrants; and Australians and even an occasional villain. Though we desire to preserve everything we love about Brunswick, we must plan for the inevitable changes happening around us.

To manage and negotiate the changing nature of Brunswick, Council have adopted the Brunswick Structure Plan. This plan will guide the evolution and growth of Brunswick over the next 10-15 years. It takes into account the views of the community and various stakeholders, as well as the diversity, historical fabric and special character of Brunswick.

It includes:

  • building design and height guidelines
  • provision to create more housing
  • more retail and commercial space thereby creating local job opportunities
  • people friendly streets and parks
  • better cycling, pedestrian and public transport links, and
  • building on the character and uniqueness of Brunswick.

Good and careful management of Brunswick's potential strengths can generate an increased and controlled housing density, a sustainable population growth of about 10,000-20,000 people, while at the same time reducing the general reliance on cars. The Structure Plan provides the map for renewal and focuses on important amenity issues, such as streetscapes, building heights and heritage.

For more information visit Council's website or contact Council's Place Manager for Brunswick, Will Coogan on 9240 1111.