Project updates

CitiPower work to underground power - Friday 29 September

As part of preparation for the construction of Cato Square, CitiPower are undertaking preliminary works to underground power in the area. These works commenced on Wednesday 30 September with some possible short term changes to parking and traffic conditions on Izett, Chatham, Cato and Wattle streets. Read more.

Updated fly through video - Monday 18 September

We've updated our Cato Street fly through video. Enjoy a sneak peek of the final designs!

Prahran's history on display - Wednesday 13 September

Earlier this year, the Cato Street carpark in Prahran was the site of an archaeological investigation ahead of the commencement of construction of Cato Square, the City of Stonnington’s exciting new urban redevelopment, scheduled for January 2018.

Some of the most significant artefacts will be on display at Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Victorian History Library from Thursday 19 October until Friday 3 November. There will also be a free public lecture from Dr Michelle Negus Cleary about her team’s findings and learnings from the site at 7pm on Thursday 19 October. Read more.

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Access to parking during construction - Friday 1 September

Council is implementing a number of strategies to maximise access to car parking in the Cato Street precinct during the construction of Cato Square. Read more.

Information for traders and businesses - Thursday 17 August

A dedicated webpage has been established for traders and businesses surrounding the Cato Street car park with information about the upcoming construction of Cato Square.

The Cato Square information hub on the corner of Wattle and Izett Streets will be open 10am - 4pm every Tuesday from 29 August until 10 October as a contact point for traders to see Council’s plans and ask questions. No appointments are necessary. 

Cato Square model on display - Monday 7 August

A mini Cato Square!

Check out our Cato Square model in our customer service centre at 311 Glenferrie Road, Malvern. The model will be on display elsewhere in the lead up to and during construction.

Cato Square model on display at 311 Glenferrie Road, Malvern

First meeting of trader reference group - Monday 31 July

The first meeting of the Cato Square trader reference group took place on Thursday 27 July. Council has established the trader reference group to keep traders informed, maintain a line of communication and develop strategies to promote businesses in the area during construction. The group is still open to join, email catosquare@stonnington.vic.gov.au to register your interest. 

Construction of Cato Square to start in January 2018 - Friday 21 July

Following extensive consultation with traders, the construction of Stonnington’s landmark new public park and two-level underground car park, Cato Square, has been rescheduled to January 2018. Read more.

Trader reference group - Friday 16 June

As we move towards the construction of our Cato Square project, Council is seeking to establish a trader reference group to keep traders informed, maintain a line of communication and develop strategies to promote businesses in the area during construction. Email catosquare@stonnington.vic.gov.au to register your interest. 

Archaeological investigation completed - Tuesday 6 June

The Cato Street car park was the site of an archaeological investigation ahead of the construction of Cato Square, read our media release for more.

InStonnington - Thursday 1 June

Learn more about Council's plans for Cato Square in the winter edition of InStonnington.

Frequently asked questions updated - Friday 12 May

Thank you to everyone who attended one of our community forums or visited our information hub throughout March, April and May. Our Cato Square FAQs have been updated in line with the key questions and feedback during this time.

Soon we’ll announce the next stage of community engagement, including dedicated information and consultation opportunities for residents and traders.

Final community forum – Wednesday 3 May

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Cato Square community forums on Thursday 6 April, Thursday 20 April and Tuesday 2 May.

We’ve worked through the key feedback to pass onto the design team and we’ll also shortly update our Frequently Asked Questions in line with what people asked throughout the sessions.

Soon we'll announce the next stage of community engagement, including dedicated information and consultation opportunities for residents and traders.

Archaeological search underway for historical remains in Prahran – Monday 10 April

Cato Street carpark in Prahran has become the site of an archaeological investigation ahead of the City of Stonnington’s recently announced landmark new urban redevelopment, Cato Square.

Archaeologists from Dr Vincent Clark and Associates will spend up to the next two months on the site looking for significant archaeological remains of 19th century housing believed to be preserved beneath the present car park.

Read our media release and check out our archaeological works fact sheet

Community Forums – Thursday 30 March

Location: Functions On Chapel at Prahran Town Hall, 255A Chapel Street, Prahran

Dates and Times:

  • Thursday 6 April, 6pm - 8pm - Thank you to everyone who attended
  • Thursday 20 April, 6pm - 8pm - Thank you to everyone who attended
  • Tuesday 2 May, 10am - 12pm - Thank you to everyone who attended

Cato Square will be delivered in partnership with members of the community to ensure it is a place that successfully responds to community needs and inspires pride of ownership among city residents.

Our forums will provide the community an opportunity to hear more about the development, ask questions and provide input on the project.

Email catosquare@stonnington.vic.gov.au if you have any questions about the community forums.

Cato Square Officially Launched – Tuesday 21 March

On Tuesday 21 March, we officially launched our amazing project. We heard from our Mayor, CEO and Architects about how this visionary project will create a magnificent new urban park as well as provide 20 per cent more car spaces via an underground two-level car park. The Mayor, Cr Jami Klisaris officially cut the ribbon to the Information Hub in front of a number of our key stakeholders. Check out our video from the launch. Details about how you can have your say are below.

Visit our online engagement platform, Connect Stonnington, to provide feedback and learn more: connectstonnington.vic.gov.au/catosquare