The name Halpin Way honours 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 Greater Dandenong.
Halpin Way and Settlers Square provides an improved link for pedestrians and cyclists between Dandenong train station and the city centre.
Halpin Way creates a pedestrian-priority environment, with controlled vehicle access and a 10kmp/h speed limit. The thoroughfare stimulates ground level activity including retail, apartment living, cafes, offices and public spaces.
It has built on the real strengths of our local small businesses such as the restaurants and specialist food outlets in Foster and Thomas streets.
Halpin Way features:
- New street frontages
- 66 new trees
- Granite footpaths and paving
- 17 new short-term car parking spaces
- A 10kmp/h speed limit for vehicles entering the pedestrian priority Halpin Way
- A 15,000 litre underground water tank to capture cleansed stormwater for re-use in watering the new trees and plants
The name ‘Settlers Square’ acknowledges early settler activity which established Dandenong’s reputation as the Gateway to Gippsland and acts as a reminder of the area’s rich migrant history.
The area north of Dandenong Railway Station was previosly considered a fragmented, dispersed central city area that resulted in a poor quality experience for businesses, shoppers and visitors. From the Station there was no logical direction or path to the city centre.
The revitalsiation of Settlers Square aimed to create a well lit and active public meeting and event space for all users. There is now a well designed, attractive and safe link through this busy precinct.
Please note: the Settlers Square works refer to the area north of Dandenong Railway Station, not the station itself.