The in the foothills themes represents Knox’s unique location, where our community can enjoy mountain views and a range of outdoor activities.

In the foothills initiatives revolve around showcasing and making the most of our natural environment and green spaces for retail activation.

Proposed in the foothills initiatives include:

  • Picnic capital: Knox is known for vast open spaces, making it an ideal destination to be the Picnic Capital of Melbourne. This initiative involves businesses developing picnic hamper specials, creating picnic kits and curating best locations for picnics.
  • Open season public space initiative: We will trial innovative ways to create fun and engaging events with local traders to enliven our streets, open spaces and parks. A proposed example includes a local market at Mountain Gate Shopping Centre (pictured below).
  • Embrace Reusables & the ban on single-use products: With the ban on single use plastics coming into effect in February 2023, we will provide support to help traders transition and appeal to environmentally conscious consumers.

Further information is available in the draft Retail Activation Strategy.