Project update - 1 February 2022

Thank you to all the people who took the time to respond to the survey.

A report on the feedback and key themes from the community and key stakeholder consultation went to Council in December 2021 for noting.

As a result we will continue to discuss this with our community including the Friends of the H. V. McKay Memorial Gardens. And consider people’s feedback as we develop the new Public Art Policy and Plan 2024-2029.

Project update - 1 July 2021

Consultation for the HV McKay Memorial Gardens Public Art scoping project has now closed.

All feedback will be included in a report for Council’s consideration should a piece of public art be commissioned for the gardens in the future.

Thank you for your participation.

What do you think about introducing public art at HV McKay Memorial Gardens in Sunshine?

We've engaged the Public Art Commission from Deakin University to find out about what kind of public art you would like to see represented in the HV McKay Memorial Gardens, if a piece of work were to be commissioned.

About the gardens

The 100-year-old HV McKay Memorial Gardens is the earliest example of an industrial garden in Victoria.

It is the only heritage listed garden in Brimbank.

The gardens were created for the HV McKay workers who lived in the surrounding areas and enjoyed it along with their families and other local residents.

The gardens have played a significant role in Brimbank's social history, relating to manufacturing in Brimbank and in Australia.

We have worked to rejuvenate these gardens by

  • removing the former bowling club
  • redeveloping the ‘South Walk’ area and ‘straight six’ pathways
  • installing interpretation signage
  • upgrading lighting
  • restoring the entry pillars and gates
  • succession tree planting
  • upgrading the irrigation
  • upgrading the garden beds.

Today the gardens remain as a key remnant of the early years of Sunshine.

It's a great place to take a stroll and learn about the history of Sunshine or relax on green lawns under the shade of the majestic trees.

The Friends of McKay Gardens have been instrumental in the restoration of the gardens and take an active role today.