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Locals come together to boost Brunswick laneway

By Jamil Allouche

Melbourne's suburbs are well known for their strong sense of community spirit, which was certainly on show last weekend (15 November).

Residents of property in Brunswick came together to renovate a neglected laneway in their local area, which is being transformed into a more welcoming public space.

Among the features of the laneway – now named Chook Lane – is an area for communal composting, as well as a community garden, thanks to a plot of vacant land donated by its owner.

Codesign Studios was behind the project and representative Philippa Abbott told the ABC just how important it will be to the community.

"Laneways are pretty amazing because they sit within a whole community of houses … and they provide a space usually that is under-utilised," she commented.

It's estimated there are as many as 68 kilometres of laneways in Brunswick alone that could be put to better use within their local areas.

Various schemes are being rolled out in the suburb to improve public participation and safety, as Moreland City Council announced CCTV was being installed along Sydney Road.

The nine cameras will be operational 24 hours a day and will provide a view of the road between Brunswick Road and Albert Street.

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