Partnership programs

We partner with Government, industry associations and education institutions to support growth, investment and stimulate economic activity in Darebin.

Reservoir Revitalisation

The Reservoir Revitalisation projects are being delivered by us in partnership with the Victorian Government.

Reservoir is one of Melbourne’s largest suburbs. Some of Reservoir’s greatest strengths are its socially and culturally diverse community and its residents’ strong sense of community and pride. The new award-winning Reservoir train station was completed in 2020 as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project. The new station combines with other public transport links to connect residents and visitors to Reservoir’s established main street precinct, its well-loved recreational and leisure destinations and its diverse residential neighbourhoods. Council and the Victorian State Government are committed to long-lasting renewal in Reservoir and therefore it has been identified as a priority suburb to revitalise.

Investment through the following projects in Reservoir will seek to:

  • Guide local growth such that it benefits long-standing and new residents alike
  • Support a strong and resilient local economy and economic wellbeing
  • Create a vibrant and attractive public realm and main street precinct
  • Increase community connections and programs for the most vulnerable
  • Improve perceptions of safety.

The projects below will be rolled out in the 2021-22 financial year. For more information, please subscribe to our business eNews.

Reservoir Splash - shopfront revitalisation grant round 3

The Reservoir Splash project will provide co-contribution shopfront improvement grants to local businesses, allowing them to purchase furniture, displays, blinds or other improvements to creatively uplift their shopfronts.

Grant details

Individual businesses, community organisations or not-for-profit organisations can apply for a maximum $5,000 grant. This is a 2:1 co-funded grant, meaning you agree to co-contribute 50% of the amount applied for in this grant.

For example, if you apply for a funding amount of $5,000, you must contribute $2,500 enabling a $7,500 facade upgrade project to the premises.

Businesses that are not registered for GST are exempt from making a co-contribution to access the grant.

Darebin City Council reserves the right to part-fund projects.

Please download the grant guideline for more detailed information on the eligibility criteria, grant requirements and examples of eligible projects.

Information sheet

You can download our information sheet which answers questions on grant eligibility, documentation you will need, important dates and other information.

Application deadline

Applications will close on 30 June 2022 (11.59pm). Assessment of applications will take place in July 2022. Grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

How to apply

To apply for the Reservoir Shop Front Revitalisation Grant go to our Smartygrants platform.

If you have any further questions or would like to discuss your grant idea further, please contact the Business Support Team on 03 8470 8888 (Monday to Friday, 9am—5pm) or email rezza@darebin.vic.gov.au.

#rezzacollab

Local community and businesses are working together to create a Reservoir flavoured recipe book to showcase local businesses and community recipes.

A safer Reservoir

A multifaceted community safety program that will include: working with Victoria Police and local agencies to deliver a program that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour in the activity centre; working with outreach workers who will seek to engage with and support individuals struggling with substance abuse problems; and crime prevention activities with local businesses.

Bike it to Rezza

The project will deliver on-road bike lanes (green surface treatment) and kerb installations along Edwardes and Broadway Streets. Outcomes of this project will include enhanced active transport connections throughout Reservoir and greater safety for cyclists riding to Reservoir’s central shopping precinct.

Economic analysis

This project involves undertaking an economic, place-based analysis of Reservoir. This will include customer loyalty assessments and a workshop with Reservoir businesses to assist them in understanding the research. This work will inform future planning, with an evidence-based approach to determining future works in Reservoir, as well as appropriate investment attraction strategies to stimulate revitalisation in Reservoir.

Greening Reservoir

The project will assist to revitalise the central shopping precinct of Reservoir by undertaking new and additional plantings throughout. Giving the centre a ‘refresh’ and increasing planting will help cool the activity centre and encourage the use of public space.

High on Broadway

The project will deliver streetscape and footpath improvements focussing on High and Broadway Streets, with some improvements along Spring Street as well. Improvements will include creating a strong sense of arrival and an entrance to the centre at Broadway, similar to the entrance delivered at Edwardes Street.

Ramp up Reservoir

The project will include the development of a branding and marketing program, seeking to deliver a unified brand for Reservoir via the addition of branded wayfinding and signage.

Reservoir Blitz

The Reservoir Blitz project will revitalise the central shopping precincts of Reservoir by undertaking minor works on both sides of the centre. Giving the centre a refresh will encourage the use of public space and improve the look and feel of the centre, while addressing issues raised by customers, businesses and the community.

Rezza Rocks

The Rezza Rocks project will deliver a program of events, activations and activities on both sides of Reservoir's shopping strip (Edwardes Street and Broadway Street). This includes events, activations and activities, e.g. weekend markets, multicultural activities celebrating Reservoir's cultural diversity and murals at key sites.

Youth Entrepreneur and Leadership Program

A program focused on building entrepreneurial and leadership skills within young people of Reservoir. The program will be an inclusive program for young people from all backgrounds with a particular focus on Aboriginal, CALD and LGBTIQA+ young people. The program covers leadership, start-up businesses, digital and tech information.