Council Initiatives

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

Multi-sports Stadium

On 21 September 2015, Darebin Council voted unanimously to construct the highly anticipated multi-sports stadium at John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury.

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From here design plans will be developed on which we will be seeking community comment and feedback. This sporting facility will provide much needed facilities for a range of court-sports including netball, basketball, volleyball and badminton; and it will greatly bolster opportunities for women and girls in Darebin to participate in sport and physical activity. 

We hope to work closely with the Victorian State Government in the development of this facility, including accessing State Government funding earmarked for the development of 64 outdoor netball courts across inner Melbourne. The estimated cost of this project is $13.1 million. 

Over the coming months a comprehensive master plan will be developed for the John Cain Memorial precinct. This process will invite stakeholders to give their vision for the new stadium and how it will interact with the existing sporting hub at John Cain Memorial Park, taking into account important issues such as traffic management on the site. 

If you would like to provide input into the master plan process or receive future updates about the Darebin multi-sport stadium project please email

St Georges Road M40 Project

Melbourne Water is planning to upgrade and replace a major water supply pipeline within St Georges Road, the “M40 project”.

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The project consists of three separate stages, with initial works at the Preston reservoirs, followed by water main upgrade works between the reservoirs and Regent Street (adjacent to Robinsons Road), and finally within St Georges Road (between Oakover Road and Arthurton Road).

As part of the project work, the existing vegetation and shared bicycle and pedestrian path in the St Georges Road median will need to be removed, and then reinstated once the water main has been replaced. Due to the requirement for heavy machinery and excavation of parts of the median, shared path access along the St Georges Road median will not be possible during the project work.

Council is working in partnership with Melbourne Water to prepare and deliver a stakeholder and community engagement plan to address both works disruption and vegetation and shared path replacement along the St Georges Road median. Community input will be sought on replacement vegetation and landscaping, local sustainable transport connections and design features. Council are advocating to ensure the interests and views of the community are reflected in project outcomes.

The project is currently still in the early planning phases and this page will be updated as the project progresses.

Further information: Council Meeting Minutes – 4 May 2015 
Contact: Cameron Martyn, Transport Planner: 8470 8379

Traffic and Transport Survey and Forums

The Traffic and Transport consultation to find out what the community’s priorities are for traffic and transport in Darebin has concluded.

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The information gathered from the survey and ideas presented at our community forums will help inform future traffic and transport programs. We are committed to working with the community on these issues and will let you know the next steps through information published in the local press, this website and our social media channels.

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 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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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.
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.
Community Consultation
The draft Streetscape Improvement Plans were placed on public exhibition for a three week period from Monday 16 March – Thursday 2 April. More than 2400 summary brochures were distributed to businesses and residents in the Junction study area. 

Two community information sessions were held over a three week period, where council officers had  many enthusiastic discussions with locals and visitors about the draft plans. More than 30 written submissions were submitted to Council. We are currently going through the submissions and will provide a summary report shortly.

Next Steps
Council will now revise the draft Streetscape Improvements Plans, considering all of the community’s great ideas, suggestion and concerns, and present them to the community in the next few months. Keep your eye out on this website and our Facebook page for updates.
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 then 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.

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 Streetscape Master Plan Implementation 2014/15
A range of projects were identified in the Reservoir Streetscape Master Plan - which Council developed last year in consultation with the community - to make areas in Reservoir more pedestrian-friendly, safe and attractive.

Council is currently implementing plans for streetscape upgrades for Broadway and Edwardes Street and a pop up park on Broadway and Cheddar Road. You can see the documents below for detail and proposed designs, we'd like to know your thoughts on these draft plans.

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.