Council recognises the importance of laneways in the community to connect people and provide access to community facilities such as parks, shops, schools and sporting venues.

Project information

Council is trialling treatments in 11 laneways across three Palmerston suburbs to discourage the occurrence of anti-social behaviour.

The treatments being trialled in the laneways includes one of the following:

  • installing smart LED lighting to:
    • effectively illuminate the laneway to increase passive surveillance 
    • discourage vandalism and anti-social behaviour
    • trial lighting levels and hours of lighting
  • temporarily closing laneways between the hours of 9:30pm to 6:30am.

Current status

Spatial mapping was used to identify the laneways most suitable for the trial based on a combination of lighting assessments, police reports, resident feedback and site inspections.

The 11 laneways selected for the trial and the treatment they will have applied are listed in the below suburbs: 

  • Manson Court to Bonson Terrace - Lighting upgrade
  • Bonson Terrace to Staghorn Court - Lighting upgrade
  • Staghorn Court to Gumnut Way - Lighting upgrade
  • Staghorn Court to Livistona Park - Lighting upgrade
  • Gumnut Way to Livistona Park - Lighting upgrade
  • Livistona Park to Melastoma Drive - Lighting upgrade
  • Politis Court to Strawbridge Park - Temporary closure 
  • Politis Court to Strawbridge Crescent - Temporary closure 
  • Priest Circuit to Phineaus Court - Lighting upgrade
  • Priest Circuit to Emery Avenue - Lighting upgrade

Helio Court to Sibbald Park - Temporary closure

The locations can be viewed on a map here


Council spoke with residents, neighbours, laneway users and nearby stakeholders to find out how they use the laneways before lighting is installed and the temporary closures enacted. 

Feedback closed on Monday 11 March 2019.  

Feedback provided will help inform a review of Council’s laneway policy.

Next steps

Council anticipates treatments will be in place and effective by April 2019. Some of these treatments may be in place sooner.

After the treatments have been in place for at least two months, Council will undertake a second round of community consultation to determine the effectiveness of the treatment measures. If the treatments trialled are effective and supported, they may remain in place, however if they are not successful, they will be reviewed by Council. 


If you would like to discuss the consultation or have any other questions, please contact Council by: 
 (08) 8935 9922