The Rye Township Plan sets the strategic vision and direction for the improvement of the foreshore, streetscape and town centre of Rye.

Stage One of the Rye Township Plan rollout is funded through a $3.25 million state government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and a matching $3.25 million contribution from Council. A total investment in Rye of $6.5 million

The Rye Township Plan has been developed closely with the Rye community, Rye Beach Business Association, Rye Community Alliance and Rye Community Groups and Clubs.

Rye township plan
1 - Foreshore Promenade
2 - Foreshore Park
3 - Town Square

Rye Foreshore Promenade

The foreshore is the gateway to Rye township and improvement works will help express the local culture and signify its importance as a key attraction. New outdoor furniture, public art, lighting and other features will enhance the Foreshore Promenade.

Napier Street Plaza

Napier Street Plaza will be expanded and transformed into a vibrant public space, creating the space as the main ‘heart’ of the township.

Rye Foreshore Camping

The Foreshore Campground currently takes us a large portion of the Foreshore Reserve. Changes and improvements to the foreshore camping area will address current concerns and balance the needs of the campers, holiday makers and the community.

Key Spaces

In July 2020, Mornington Peninsula Shire commenced the Napier Street Plaza redevelopment as part of the first stage works of the Rye Township Plan.

The Shire will be expanding on the existing Napier Street Plaza and creating the space as the main ‘heart’ of the township.

The new and improved Napier Street Plaza will be transformed into a vibrant public space and main pedestrian promenade, suitable for events and markets.

One end of the Plaza will become a shared zone for pedestrians, while wide enough to accommodate through traffic on Campbell Lane.

Napier Street Plaza works will be completed in two stages to avoid disruption during the busy tourist season. The first stage will take place between July and December 2020 and then further works will be undertaken from Feb to April 2021.

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The Foreshore Promenade will link the northern end of Napier Street to the Rye Pier providing both a physical and visual extension of the pier.

The update will see a wide deck extending the pier onto the land and includes a raised pedestrian crossing at Point Nepean Road to create a safe crossing to Napier Street Plaza.

With the foreshore being the main gateway to the township, these works will help express the local cultural significance of the area and signify its importance as a key attraction and spirit of Rye.

This redevelopment will see new outdoor furniture, public art, lighting and features to enhance the Foreshore Promenade, frames views out to the bay and create pedestrian zones for social gatherings, play and respite.

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The Shire will be replacing the carparks next to the Rye Pier with public open space and redesigned car parking to improve usability and turn the park into a Rye attraction.

This new open space will become a destination for local community members to enjoy formal and informal events and range of recreation and leisure opportunities.

While enhancing and preserving the existing heritage character of this area in Rye, the Foreshore Park will bring new life to the township with:

  • a community playground
  • open lawns
  • seating areas
  • shade structures and picnic facilities
  • connections with surround streets and the beach
  • improved pedestrian and cycle links
  • an upgraded Bay Trail

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The Foreshore Campground currently takes us a large portion of the Foreshore Reserve.

The popularity of camping in Rye has increased significantly since its beginning in the 1940s and has become ingrained in the local culture of Rye.

The current campsite limits the potential of the Foreshore Park and has resulted in vegetation clearing to accommodate the site.

In order to address current concerns and balance the needs of the campers, holiday makers and the community, the Shire will be relocating existing campsites between Weir Street and Lyon Street and consolidate them within the remaining east and west campground areas. Council will also be improving current camping services and upgrading the existing camping to meet the standard regulations.

This relocation will:

  • allow for the creation of the expanded Foreshore Park.
  • open up views of the Bay.
  • increase the recreational and leisure opportunities along the Rye foreshore.
  • improve movement through the foreshore and create more pockets of usable foreshore spaces.

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Key Documents

Rye Township Plan Documents

The Rye Township Plan has been developed closely with the Rye community, Rye Beach Business Association, Rye Community Alliance and Rye Community Groups and Clubs.

Rye Township Plan
Rye Foreshore Detailed Design - Overview
Rye Foreshore Schematic Concept Design - Overall Map
Rye Foreshore Preliminary Campsite Layouts
Frequently Asked Questions

Key Features

Key Features

A key aspect of the project is to support and enhance local coastal ecology throughout the foreshore. Initiatives such re-vegetating and regenerating foreshore areas, rationalising beach access points and installing signage to raise awareness and value of the landscape are proposed.

During the detailed design stage the selection of new tree species will be considered to maximise the biodiversity benefits associated with the project.

Council is preparing a Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the entire foreshore and will be working with the Bunurong Land Council to ensure that indigenous heritage can be interpreted and told across the foreshore.

The inclusion of artwork across the foreshore will help to make the space more inviting. Council will be considering the inclusion of public artwork into the design where possible.

Accessibility throughout the foreshore is paramount to connect people to the bay. Upgrades to the bay trail as well as secondary path connections are proposed to provide access to and from key destinations throughout the foreshore.

Your Feedback

The Rye Township Plan aims to consolidate and build upon previous township planning work to deliver an outcome that encapsulates the needs and desires of the local community.

It has been developed through a deep consultation process with the community, its representative leaders, Council representatives and Councilors to deliver on desires to enhance the existing natural assets, engage with the cultural history of the township, and improve the area’s ability to continue to take advantage of its enviable position on Port Phillip bay.

Building on the feedback of the community, recommendations in the Township Plan come together around a series of key projects and places that together reflect a new character for Rye.

REALMstudios, along with project team consultants Capire Consulting Group (community engagement), worked with the Mornington Peninsula Shire and its various community and stakeholder groups across a series of presentations and idea workshops to establish the vision for the future of Rye.

This consolidated plan aims to provide for environmental enhancement, improved walkability, increased cycling safety and amenity, traffic calming and a range of connected public spaces to ensure stronger year round economic performance, increased safety, comfort and enjoyment within Rye.