The Hemmings Street Precinct is a residential zone with a neighbourhood shopping centre, bound by Robinson Street, the Princes Highway, Jones Road and Railway Parade in Dandenong West.
In response to concerns raised about safety in the Precinct, Council consulted extensively with the local community from 2018 to 2020 and developed a Hemmings Street Precinct Action Plan.
The Action Plan was endorsed by Council in March 2021 and its key aim is for the community, Council, State Government, local services, and Victoria Police to partner together and improve perceptions and levels of safety in the Precinct, it’s amenity and people’s wellbeing.
The Hemmings Street Precinct Action Plan and Community Consultation Findings that helped to form its priorities can be found in the following links,
Community-led Participation and Engagement
Council advocacy to State Government has resulted in strong support from Ministers and Department of Justice and Community Safety in the form of two grants provided to Council to implement the Hemmings Street Precinct Action Plan from 2020 to June 2024.
A 'Building Safer Communities Grant' to undertake ‘A Community Engagement and Partnership Approach to Improve Hemmings Street Precinct Safety’ will see a collaborative approach to designing and delivering projects between the Precinct community, Council and other interested key stakeholders.
The grant’s focus is to hold culturally focused community activities and Precinct tours, create artwork, upgrade security, landscaping and lighting to improve safety and neighbourhood connectivity.
A second grant, the Hemmings Street Precinct ‘Empowering Communities Initiative’ will take a partnership approach between the Precinct’s community, Council, State Government, Deakin University and other stakeholders to more broadly focus on building capacity to address issues impacting on perceptions of safety, crime and anti-social behaviour in the Precinct.
Deakin University will be collaborating with Council and leading the development of a suite of tailored community safety indicators that will be used to monitor and evaluate grant projects and activities, and the outcomes of the Hemmings Street Precinct Action Plan.
A Hemmings Street Precinct Community Forum and Workshop was held on Thursday 17 March 2022, where the Minister for Crime Prevention, the Honourable Natalie Hutchins MP formally launched the implementation of the Building Safer Communities Grant and Empowering Community Initiative projects and the Precinct Action Plan.
A wide range of Precinct and community stakeholders attended the Forum and heard about initial and proposed grant activities, workshopped priority issues and a way forward to implement the Action Plan, which will begin with the formation of a Precinct Community Action Group.
A Forum Report on proceedings, outcomes, recommendations and next steps is currently being prepared and will be available on Council's website shortly.
Additional Precinct Forums
The Hemmings Street Precinct 'Empowering Communities Initiative' will provide many touch points for community engagement over the next few years. For those that missed out on attending the Ministerial Forum, two out-of-hours forums are now scheduled to allow precinct residents, traders and visitors the flexibility to contribute further to consultation and project planning.
- Thursday 5 May, 6pm - 8pm
- Saturday 7 May, 10am - 12pm
Location: Level 2 Meeting Rooms, Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong (light refreshments provided).
Upcoming Precinct Nature Strip Tree Replacements
A streetscape improvement program has also been funded through the Building Safer Communities grant that Council received from the Department of Justice and Community Safety to increase safety, security and space activation in the Precinct.
Following a meeting of the Action Group on Wednesday 13 April 2022, the streetscape improvement program including the removal and replacement of trees, has been put on hold whilst options are considered and a recommended direction determined.
Further community engagement will be undertaken with the community to inform planning for the future of this initiative.
The original Tree Replacement Plan can be found in the following link,