Cultural Precincts Enhancement Fund

The $10 million Cultural Precincts Enhancement Fund (CPEF) is administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC), in partnership with the City of Melbourne, and the Greek, Chinese and Italian communities.

The objective of the CPEF was to enable Melbourne’s three long standing cultural precincts – Chinese Little Bourke Street, Italian Lygon Street and Greek Lonsdale Street precincts - to remain sustainable and attractive for investment, and cultural and tourism activities.


The funds available under the CPEF (2007-2010) have been fully committed to cover the restoration of key lane ways, street beautification including art work, landscaping and lighting, and to boost resources for the communities to showcase their culture and heritage.

Building on the success of the CPEF, an additional investment of $12 million was made through the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund (2010-14).

Cultural precincts enhancements

Partnership funding of $7.5 million has been injected in to the revitalisation of streetscapes improvements to the Chinese, Italian and Greek precincts in Melbourne’s CBD.

Examples of major streetscapes enhancements delivered by the City of Melbourne include the refurbished four archways in the Chinese precinct, the new permanent stage, cinema screen and bocce court in Piazza Italia and the new gateway lighting in the Greek precinct.

For more information on the City of Melbourne’s cultural precincts works funded under the CPEF, click here

Community infrastructure enhancements

Total CPEF funding of over $4.6 million was provided to enhance community infrastructure across Melbourne CBD’s Chinese, Italian and Greek precincts, including:

- refurbishment of the Chinese Museum in Cohen Place;
- establishment of Museum Italiano on Faraday Street; and
- establishment of the Antipodes Centre for Greek Culture, Heritage and Language at the corner of Russell and Lonsdale Streets.

For more information, please call (03) 9651 0682 or email

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