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Footscray University Town

Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University have partnered in an exciting new project - Footscray University Town - to revitalise Footscray and open up the Melbourne's west through education.

The following projects are currently underway:

Current projects

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The Game Changers Conversation Series

The Game Changers Conversation Series presents pivotal ideas, personalities and moments in Australia's evolving story for public discussion and debate at VU, MetroWest.

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VU@MetroWest: 138 Nicholson St, Footscray VIC 3011
Wednesday 26 October, 6pm

Maribyrnong Boulevard & Mills Close Staircase

Maribyrnong City Council will be completing a number of major upgrades within Footscray Park to improve connections with the Maribyrnong River, Victoria University and Ballarat Road.

Footscray University Town

Over 20,000 Students Already Study in Footscray

Victoria University has two campuses in Footscray and collaborations with the Footscray Community Arts Centre, and teaching and research activities at Victoria University Whitten Oval (home of the AFL’s Western Bulldogs and the VFL’s Footscray Bulldogs), and the Western Hospital.

Almost 20,000 university students already study in Footscray, and an increasing number will be living in Footscray under the plan. A range of other partners will also be part of this project. It is more than an urban renewal project, and more than a tertiary education project. It will be the linking theme that generates confidence, investment, business growth and employment, to ensure that the West of Melbourne plays its part in Victoria’s ongoing prosperity.

Aims of Footscray University Town

  • To integrate the University within the fabric of Footscray including a range of academic, social, community and retail facilities, as well as student accommodation
  • To build an increasingly thriving creative and recreational industry sector in Footscray and its surrounds, particularly driven by Victoria University’s College of Arts and College of Sport and Exercise Science
  • To develop Footscray as an educational, research and development hub for the West of Melbourne, with strong connections to other educational and research activities


For more information about this exciting venture or details on specific projects contact:

Victoria University
Project information: Kerry O'Neill (
Media enquiries: Katrina Gubbins (

Maribyrnong City Council
Project information: Katy McMahon (
Media enquiries: Deidre Anderson (

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