Council Initiatives

Council's key projects occurring within the City, includes masterplans and 10 year strategies.

Junction Urban Master Plan

The Junction Urban Master Plan has been prepared by Darebin Council together with the community to improve the attractiveness and liveability of public space in the Junction. ‘The Junction’ refers to the area in Preston generally bound by Bell Street to the north, Plenty Road to the east, Dundas Street to the south, and Railway Place to the west.

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Help Transform Your Junction Precinct
Council is transforming Preston/Thornbury Junction into a lively and pedestrian friendly area for the growing number of people who live in, work in and visit the area.  We are redesigning the Junction Precinct to put people first and transform this historically industrial area into one that is more urban and community friendly. 

We need your feedback to help shape the projects that will be delivered during the next 12 months and beyond. 
Draft Concept Plans
The Draft Streetscape Improvement Plans seeks to improve the pedestrian safety and amenity of High Street and Plenty Road by:
  • Creating new public spaces for the community to enjoy
  • Introducing a new planted central median to High Street
  • Planting over 200 new trees
  • Introducing over 1000m2 of garden beds
  • Providing new seats, bins, street lighting, and bike hoops.
  • Celebrating the Junctions tram history, through subtle references in the design of custom made furniture and paving.

See Draft Streetscape Improvement Plans for concept plans.

A summary Streetscape Improvements Brochure was distributed to over 2400 business and residents in the Junction study area.
We Want Your Feedback
We want to know what you think of the Streetscape Improvements Plans for High Street and Plenty Road.

You can provide feedback online, via email or post, or in-person:
  • In person by attending one of our ‘drop in sessions’  and chat with a Council officer on 
  1. Saturday 21 March, 9.30am – 12pm on High Street (near the intersection of Raglan/Shower Streets) 
  2. Tuesday 24 March, 6pm-7.30pm, Northern Community Church of Christ, 81 High Street 
The Junction Urban Master Plan, also known as ‘JUMP’, was prepared by Darebin Council with community input to improve the attractiveness and liveability of public space in the Junction.

JUMP was endorsed by Council on 7 April 2014. The Master Plan presents a vision to transform the Junction over the next ten years into a place that is green, community focused and memorable for its street life and unique urban feel.

See the Junction Urban Master Plan for further details.

Further Information
Public Realm
Ph: 8470 8381

Citizen's Jury

In 2013/14 Darebin Council committed to consulting the community on how to utilise the recently established infrastructure fund, living up to the Council Plan goal of Open and Accountable Democracy.

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Accordingly, in 2014 Darebin Council was the first Victorian Council to undertake a dynamic new participatory budgeting process, A Citizen's Jury of 31 randomly selected community members reflecting Darebin's diverse population profile decided: How should we best spend $2 million to improve our community through the use of infrastructure funding?

The wider community was invited to submit their ideas for the Jury to consider. Council unanimously approved the Jury's recommendations in September 2014.

Quick facts in relation to Darebin's Participatory Budgeting process can be found here - Quick Facts

The Citizen's Jury 'The Verdict' recommended the following projects:

  Funding for 2014/15
Proposed Funding for 2015/16
 East Preston Neighbourhood House
 Exercise equipment in the parks
 Upgrade to KP Hardiman Reserve
 Darebin Pop-up Piazza
 Outdoor Multi-purpose Sports Courts
 Development of Croxton School Bike Path
 All Nations Park Activation
 $140,000 $235,000
 Contribution to community Gardens
   Savings from above

Do you have Local solutions to Local issues that Council may not have considered that you would like to see funding in the 2015/16 budget? As a resident, ratepayer, local business or community member we value your local knowledge and your insight into what matters in Darebin. To find out more about how to submit your idea visit the Local Solutions to Local Issues.


If you would like to undertake your own Citizen's Jury, the following resources may assist:

Video: Watch our Citizen's Jury story.

Reservoir Streetscape Masterplan

The Reservoir Streetscape Masterplan was identified as a priority project in the adopted Reservoir Structure Plan. In September 2014 the Reservoir Streetscape Masterplan was endorsed by Council. It will guide improvements to the Edwardes Street and Broadway streetscapes over a 10 year period.

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Reservoir Streetscape Master Plan
The Reservoir Activity Centre now has an adopted Streetscape Masterplan. This 10 year plan will guide streetscape improvements supporting pedestrian friendly streets, more public spaces, new street trees and garden beds and improved cycling facilities. You can view a summary of the projects here. 

This financial year,  keep an eye out for the High Street shared path upgrade, new infrastructure to slow the flow of traffic, the creation of a ‘Pop up’ park, new public spaces for the community to enjoy, speed limit reduction to 40km in Broadway and more than 1000 new plants and trees in the garden beds.

Reservoir Identity Development Study
The character of Reservoir will be celebrated with a new look brand that will be rolled out by local businesses throughout the Activity Centre.
Council and Hello City consultants, have been speaking to the local businesses and residents about what makes Reservoir special. All these ideas have inspired a new centre logo for Reservoir, along a report full of great ideas to create positive experiences for Reservoir, creating a stronger sense of place.

Further Information
Public Realm
Ph: 8470 8417

Tram Route 86

Council partnered with the State Government in 2011 in an integrated public transport and urban renewal project designed to make catching a tram along Route 86 safer, faster, more reliable and easier to access. We also wanted to make High Street Northcote more vibrant, attractive, safer and easier to move around.

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The new tram stops have a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists between the passenger waiting area and trams. Cyclists are required to stop behind the tram when it stops to allow passengers to get on and off the tram safely.

The project covered a 6.8 kilometre corridor reaching from Westgarth Street (Northcote) up to Albert Street (Reservoir). It involved upgrading tram stops and making major changes to the road environment to make tram travel along this route quicker and easier.

The project aimed to give pedestrians more priority in key strip shopping and activity centres, improving pedestrian safety and mobility, and visual amenity to make the area more vibrant and attractive.

Next Stages
Implementation of Stage 2 of the project is subject to funding received by State Government.

Further Information
Tram Route 86 Corridor Project Project Summary
Northcote on Track Video

Keon Park Children's Hub

A new $5 million Keon Park Children’s Hub facility is coming to Reservoir. Designed by Mantric Architecture, the new state of the art facility will be located in Dole Avenue Reservoir, and will provide a range of dedicated children’s services and multi-purpose spaces.

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The Hub will include two 33-place kindergarten rooms, two maternal child and health consulting rooms and multi-use family meeting spaces. Environmentally sustainable design elements are integral to the design of the Hub. The Hub is due for completion in late 2014, in readiness for occupation commencing 2015.

At the Council meeting of 19 August 2013, Council resolved to award a contract for the construction of the new Keon Park Children’s Hub to ADCO Constructions (Vic) Pty Ltd. The State of Victoria under the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s capital funding initiative has contributed $1.5 million towards the construction of the hub to promote and assist the establishment of early childhood services facilities in the community.

Since commencing on site in October 2013, construction works have continued in a steady and positive pace. Extreme heat days have impacted on the works program however the project remains on schedule for completion in late 2014.

Next Stages
Construction works will intensify over the coming months as the many various building trades start with the internal works.

Pictured: Artist's impression of Keon Park Children’s Hub exterior view of North East Carpark.
Pictured: Artist's impression of Keon Park Children’s Hub exterior view of North East Carpark.