Community consultation

In 2017, more than 16,000 people came along to our MERGE festival, a family-friendly festival of possibilities which marked the start of extensive engagement on the new Melville City Centre.

The community generated more than 2,100 ideas about what they would like to see in the future City Centre, with the proposed library and cultural centre becoming a key catalyst in our cultural plan, Creative Melville 2018-2022.


  • MERGE was an innovative engagement exercise where the City Centre precinct was turned  into a festival of  possibilities.
  • We asked residents and visitors what they would like to see themselves doing in the future space.
  • The Festival allowed people to expand their thinking to what could be possible in a future City Centre and generate more ideas.
  • There were over 16,000 attendees who experienced and re-imagined the space.
  • The Festival questioned existing norms by pushing the traditional library outside, converting the existing library building into an up late Jazz Bar, converging the arts, museums and library into a festival that allowed our community to dream about what would be possible in a future space.
  • Over 2,100 community ideas were generated on the day.