New Community Space for Carnegie

Carnegie is evolving and this project provides an exciting opportunity to respond to the changing make-up and needs of the Carnegie community and enhance the centres attraction as a great place to dine and shop. Carnegie’s recent evolution includes:

  • The changing nature of the shopping strip which has seen an increase of 29 cafes and restaurants between 2010 and 2017 going from 18 to 47. This has created a vibrant night-time dining scene in the centre.
  • The demographic change in Carnegie’s residential population, with 7 percent born in India or China in 2011, rising to 18.3 percent in 2016 (or by almost 1,000 people).
  • The number of university students living in Carnegie rose by almost 700 people between 2011 and 2016.
  • The number of apartments increased by around 580 between 2011 and 2016 with taller buildings changing the look and skyline of the centre.
  • The number of residents working in Professional or Education sectors has seen the largest increase in employment, with over 300 more workers in these sectors between 2011 and 2016.

These changes have resulted in a healthy mix of newer and long term residents living in the centre and this project looks to cater for the needs of the whole community and provide a place for all sectors of the community to come together.

Over the past couple of years, Council has been engaged in planning for the future of Carnegie.

During this time, some of the things that we heard from the community included:

  • A desire to maintain a village feel and strong community connections
  • A need for more greenery, open space, seating, shade, bicycle facilities, play areas
  • Opportunities to foster community connections between new and existing residents
  • Interest in the development of a community hub
  • Greater diversity of shops and restaurants
  • Increased night time/evening activities
  • Increased car parking

These views were reflected in the Carnegie Structure Plan, which included a plan for a new market building to link in to the Library and the Koornang Road shops and to create a hub for residents.

A mixed use building of up to 8 storeys it is envisaged to be more than just a market, with a range of community spaces and facilities to support the centre as a whole.

We are still exploring what the future market building will look like but some of the things currently being explored are:

  • A strong community focus, with opportunities for formal and informal connections
  • A unique look and feel which represents the Carnegie community
  • Flexible to cater for a range of different activities and events and evolve over time
  • Leading the way in environmental design, technology and waste practices
  • A precinct approach, with strong links between the market building, library and Koornang Road shops

The permanent market building is still a few years away, but we've been working on plans to provide Carnegie with community space now.

To get started, Council is creating an interim community space on the site of the former McKee's Furniture site. The space will have a flexible design which can accommodate a range of events and activities as well as providing an enjoyable community space for meeting and relaxing in the centre.

A similar space will be incorporated into the wider market precinct once it is developed, but in the meantime, it will provide the Carnegie community with much-needed community space and amenity and work towards achieving the goals of the future market building.

In August and September, Council sought community views on the interim space and the future market building. Thank you to those who provided feedback, all responses are now being collated.


Carnegie is evolving and this project provides an exciting opportunity to respond to the changing make-up and needs of the Carnegie community and enhance the centres attraction as a great place to dine and shop. Carnegie’s recent evolution includes:

  • The changing nature of the shopping strip which has seen an increase of 29 cafes and restaurants between 2010 and 2017 going from 18 to 47. This has created a vibrant night-time dining scene in the centre.
  • The demographic change in Carnegie’s residential population, with 7 percent born in India or China in 2011, rising to 18.3 percent in 2016 (or by almost 1,000 people).
  • The number of university students living in Carnegie rose by almost 700 people between 2011 and 2016.
  • The number of apartments increased by around 580 between 2011 and 2016 with taller buildings changing the look and skyline of the centre.
  • The number of residents working in Professional or Education sectors has seen the largest increase in employment, with over 300 more workers in these sectors between 2011 and 2016.

These changes have resulted in a healthy mix of newer and long term residents living in the centre and this project looks to cater for the needs of the whole community and provide a place for all sectors of the community to come together.

Over the past couple of years, Council has been engaged in planning for the future of Carnegie.

During this time, some of the things that we heard from the community included:

  • A desire to maintain a village feel and strong community connections
  • A need for more greenery, open space, seating, shade, bicycle facilities, play areas
  • Opportunities to foster community connections between new and existing residents
  • Interest in the development of a community hub
  • Greater diversity of shops and restaurants
  • Increased night time/evening activities
  • Increased car parking

These views were reflected in the Carnegie Structure Plan, which included a plan for a new market building to link in to the Library and the Koornang Road shops and to create a hub for residents.

A mixed use building of up to 8 storeys it is envisaged to be more than just a market, with a range of community spaces and facilities to support the centre as a whole.

We are still exploring what the future market building will look like but some of the things currently being explored are:

  • A strong community focus, with opportunities for formal and informal connections
  • A unique look and feel which represents the Carnegie community
  • Flexible to cater for a range of different activities and events and evolve over time
  • Leading the way in environmental design, technology and waste practices
  • A precinct approach, with strong links between the market building, library and Koornang Road shops

The permanent market building is still a few years away, but we've been working on plans to provide Carnegie with community space now.

To get started, Council is creating an interim community space on the site of the former McKee's Furniture site. The space will have a flexible design which can accommodate a range of events and activities as well as providing an enjoyable community space for meeting and relaxing in the centre.

A similar space will be incorporated into the wider market precinct once it is developed, but in the meantime, it will provide the Carnegie community with much-needed community space and amenity and work towards achieving the goals of the future market building.

In August and September, Council sought community views on the interim space and the future market building. Thank you to those who provided feedback, all responses are now being collated.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Do you have ideas for what should be included in the interim space? Do you have ideas for the future market building?

    This short survey will ask you for both to help us ensure the space reflects the needs and wants of the community now and into the future.


    Do you have ideas for what should be included in the interim space? Do you have ideas for the future market building?

    This short survey will ask you for both to help us ensure the space reflects the needs and wants of the community now and into the future.


    Take Survey
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Are you a trader or commercial property owner in Carnegie?

    Help us plan for both the future market development and interim community space. 


    Are you a trader or commercial property owner in Carnegie?

    Help us plan for both the future market development and interim community space. 


    Take Survey