Halpin Way and Settlers Square
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 development opportunities in a pedestrian-priority environment, with controlled vehicle access and a 10kmp/h speed limit.
Upon completion Halpin Way will stimulate ground level activity including new retail, apartments, cafes, offices and public spaces. It will build on real strengths in local pockets such as the restaurants and specialist food outlets in Foster and Thomas streets.
Halpin Way features:
- New street frontages for future buildings constructed on previously acquired Places Victoria land
- 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 currently contributes to a fragmented, dispersed central city area and results in a poor quality experience for businesses, shoppers and visitors.
From the Station there is currently no logical direction or path to the city centre.
There is not enough activity during the day, particularly after 5pm, to make it feel like a vibrant and welcoming part of the city.
Settlers Square aims to create a well lit and active public meeting and event space for residents, workers and visitors.
Please note: the Settlers Square works refer to the area north of Dandenong Railway Station, not the station itself.