Major trails, new pavilions and recovery works in Council’s Budget

Published on 11 May 2022

A person wearing a backpack, standing in dense forest in the Dandenong Ranges.

Major Ridges and Rivers projects will get underway across Yarra Ranges, along with continued storm recovery work and delivery of Council’s 120 services to the community, as part of the 2022-23 Draft Budget.

The Draft Budget, which is now out for community engagement and submissions, outlines Council’s spend on services, recovery efforts and its annual capital works program.

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Yarra Ranges Mayor, Jim Child, said a highlight of this year’s budget would be delivery of significant stages of the Yarra Valley Trail, RidgeWalk and the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination.

“This year we’ll be taking big steps forward with our Ridges and Rivers projects across the Yarra Valley and Dandenongs,” he said.

“We’ll be hoping to finish Stage 1 of the Yarra Valley Trail, connecting the existing trail at Yering to Yarra Glen Station, while working on a Northern Loop of the trail that connects up.

“In the hills, we’ll be working on the first stage of RidgeWalk, which will be a 26km trail connecting towns and displaying the histories, cultures and artworks inspired by the Dandenong Ranges.

“The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination is awaiting a decision from the Minister for Planning. If approved, this year will be the start of one of the largest projects we’ve ever undertaken, which will provide world-class recreation opportunities for community members and visitors alike.”

Other capital works projects for the year include:

  • Construction of the Chirnside Urban Park,
  • New playspaces in Carmen Reserve, Lilydale and Glenvalley Reserve in Seville East
  • New sporting pavilions in Kimberley Reserve, Chirnside Park and Pinks Reserve in Kilsyth
  • More than 19 kilometres of roads constructed as part of the Roads for the Community Program

Capital Works Program

Below are some of the projects listed for 2022-23 in Council's Capital Expenditure Program. Read the Budget Documents for more projects, and to see what projects are planned for future years.

Drainage

Cambridge Street, Belgrave South – new pipe to address local flooding – $167k

Camms Road, Monbulk – kerb and channel works to address flooding – $244k

Commercial Road, Mt Evelyn, Stage 1 – designing new drainage outfall pipe – $442k (multi-year project)

George and Lalor Roads, Healesville – drainage improvements to address flooding. – $60k (multi-year project)

Footpaths

Blannin Street, Healesville - concrete path construction between Crowley Road and Stephens Road - $89k

Fernhill Road, Mt Evelyn – concrete path from existing path to East end of Fernhill Road - $150k

Jacaranda Road, Kilsyth – between Alpine Way and Beech Street – $60k

Menin Road, Monbulk – between Monbulk Road and Baynes Park Road – $137k

Moores Road, Monbulk – between Emerald Creek Road and Monbulk Road – $43k

Sugarloaf drive, Chirnside Park – between Edward Road and Vista Drive – $149k

Cherlynne Cres, Kilsyth – footpath rehabilitation – $282k

David Hill Road, Monbulk – footpath rehabilitation – $290k

Main Street, Upwey – footpath rehabilitation - $152k

Fairy Dell Road, Tecoma – footpath rehabilitation – $108k

Mt Morton Road, Belgrave South – footpath rehabilitation – $117k

Warburton Highway, Wandin North – footpath rehabilitation – $387k

Open space projects

Indigenous Heritage Visibility – creating signage and infrastructure to highlight indigenous cultural heritage in culturally-significant reserves – $49k (multi-year project)

Yering and Coldstream Station Activation – design and activation of the station areas – $540k (Federal and State Government funded)

Wesburn Pump Track – delivery of stage one – $940k (Federal and State Government funded)

Township projects and works

Blacksmiths Way, Belgrave, streetscape improvements – $200k (multi-year project)

Lilydale Heritage Station building works – upgrading amenities – $149k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Beresford Road Park improvements – $50k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Castella Streetscape Plan – $35k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Cycle Nodes – $60k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Heritage Rail Station Precinct – $30k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Lions Park renewal – $235k

Township improvements in Healesville and Yarra Glen (Constructing pavements and crossings, making disabled parking, garden beds and drainage) – $50k (multi-year project)

Township improvements in Sassafras (including improvements to pedestrian networks) – $172k 

Warburton Urban Design Framework – developing the framework in conjunction with the Warburton Place Plan – $102k (multi-year project)

Trail works

Bushy Creek Trail, Mooroolbark – works to connect the trail to Hyde Park Walk – $200k

Olinda Creek Trail, Montrose – connecting Swansea Road in Montrose to York Road, Mt Evelyn – $100k (multi-year project)

Yarra Valley Trail – northern loop, a 10.7km trail circuit – $800k (State Gov funding) (multi-year project)

RidgeWalk – a 26km trail in the Dandenongs – $1.9m (State, Federal and Council funded) (multi-year project)

Warburton Mountain Bike Destination – development of trails, pending State Government approval – $1.5m (State, Federal, Council and Upper Yarra Community Enterprise funded) (multi-year project)

Yarra Valley Trail – stage one to connect trail to Yarra Glen – $1.4m (State, Federal and Council funded) (multi-year project)

Playspace works

Chirnside Urban Park – design and construction – $1m (Council and State Government funding) (multi-year project)

Monbulk playspace – upgrade to district-level playspace – $28k (multi-year project)

Camden Reserve playspace, Lilydale – renewal works – $233k

Glenvalley Reserve playspace, Seville East – renewal works – $233k

Sports reserve works

Monbulk Reserve – stormwater harvesting system – $561k (Council and Melbourne Water funding)

Narre Warren East community cricket nets – demolition and reconstruction of enclosed cricket nets – $30k

Seville Recreation Reserve – oval one ground reconstruction – $20k (Federal Government funding)

Hoddles Creek – Wickhams Road Reserve cricket net demolition and reconstruction – $30k

Road works

Beresford Road, Lilydale – drainage improvement works and road reconstruction – $1.3m (Roads to Recovery funding)

Switchback Road, Chirnside Park – pavement rehabilitation work – $431k (Roads to Recovery funding)

Victoria Road, Chirnside Park – drainage improvement works – $883k (multi-year project) (Federal Government funding)

Building works

Climate Resilient Buildings for our Community project – climate-resilience upgrades to community buildings – $3m (State and Federal Government funded)

Community Renewable Energy Projects in Yarra Glen – $23k

Kimberley Reserve, Chirnside Park – Community Sports Pavilion construction – $1.8m (includes State Government funding)

Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve – Community Sports Pavilion construction – $2.4m (Federal, State, Council and sport club funded)

Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth – Community Sports Pavilion construction – $2.6m (multi-year project) (includes State Government funding)

Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth – Netball Court Covers – $564k (State Government and sporting club-funded)

Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth – Stadium improvements, including additional basketball court, improved amenities – $2m (multi-year project) (includes State Government funding)

Powelltown – Community Sports Pavilion construction – $1.8m (multi-year project) (State and Federal Government funded)

Monbulk Living and Learning Centre – internal upgrades – $203k

Oonah Belonging Place, Healesville – Feasibility and design for an Integrated Service Delivery Hub for Yarra Ranges’ Aboriginal Community – $178k

Biochar facility, Lysterfield – design and construction – $550k (including State Government funding)

 

Roads for the Community

Council will also be designing and constructing Roads for the Community Projects, where unsealed roads are constructed through a special charge scheme (where landowners contribute towards the cost of construction, through repayments in yearly rates notices). For more information about the project, visit yarraranges.vic.gov.au/RoadsForCommunity

Badger Creek

Roma Avenue Group (Garibaldi Street, Omonia Drive, Don Road Service Road, Old Don Road)

Belgrave

Hardham Street Group (Judkins Avenue, Manuka Avenue, Old Reservoir Road)

Belgrave South

Cambridge Street Road Group (Clements Avenue, Verona Street)

Heather Grove Road Group (Nathalia Road, Neils Road, St Austell Road)

Belgrave Heights

Heath Road Group (Grandview Road, Huon Road)

Mt Morton Road, Hood Street

Chum Creek

Bangambalanga Avenue Group (includes Karamooka Ave, Tarranna Grove, Wareena Grove)

Barkers Road Group (Malbar Street, Merlin Street, Nicholls Road)

Healesville

Benton Road Group (Elamo Road, Nagoondie Lane)

Beverley Drive Road Group (Dorothy Street, Robin Parade, Clive Avenue, Merton Grove)

Campbell Road Group (Crosley Street, Pilmer Road)

Centre Grove Road Group (Hazford Street, Hillcrest Grove, Links Grove)

Bona Avenue

Grandview Crescent Group (Lawrence Court, Joffre Road)

Miller Street and Montpellier Street

Kallista

Eleanor Grove and Oceanview Crescent

Gleghorn Road

Launching Place

Cairncroft Avenue Road Group (Tahrilla Drive, Merrigum Lane)

Carroll Street Road Group (Grieve Street, Jacka Street, Ruthven Street, Wellman Street)

Menzies Creek

Menzies Road

Millgrove

Adrienne Court and Maxwell Court

Cavanagh Road and Moore Crescent

Hearse Road

Monbulk

Anderson Road Group (Moores Road, Moores Service Road)

Buchett Street Road Group (Centre Road, Stanley Road, Robina Road, Fernshaw Road, Forest Street)

Carcoola Road Group (Hunter Street, Travistock Road)

Cedar Court, Burns Way (including Harvest Close), Loch Avenue, Mayview Drive

Mount Dandenong

Ann Court Road Group (Fern Glen Ave, Hume Lane, The Grove)

Campbell Avenue Road Group (Claverton Avenue, Fenton Street, Summerlea Road, Yvonne Road)

Edith Court Road Group (including Olinda) (Oakley Street, Sunset Avenue, Viola Avenue)

Fairhaven Road Group (including Olinda) (Illoura Road, Stanley Street)

Prion Road Group

Mount Evelyn

Birmingham Service Road and Wedderburn Crescent

Dorothy Road Group (Margaret Road, Nekla Street, Priestly Crescent, Selet Street)

Falls Road Group (Mimosa Avenue, Wattle Avenue, Railway Road)

Junction Road Group (Marshall Street, The Crescent, Longview Road, Roland Avenue)

Mace Court Road Group (Marcus Street, Quinn Crescent, Quinn Service Road, Sharland Close, Johns Crescent to Quinn Crescent)

Oak Grove and Wilkilla Road

Lilydale

Black Street and Robert Street

Hyne Street

Mont Vue

Morna Street and Oak Street

Sassafras

Prince Street and Wallaby Avenue

Selby

Nation Road

Temple Road

Seville

Bell Street Group (Winifred Street, Read Road)

Haag Road Group (Russel Road, Howard Street, Norman Berry Drive)

School Road and Valley Road

Station Road Group (Seymour Street and Britton Road)

Victoria Road Group (Railway Road, English Street)

Seville East

Bridgewater Road Group (Wombat Way, Joyce Street, Peters Road, Stuart Road, Warburton Service Road)

Eastview Avenue Road Group (Glenvalley Crescent, Kardella Lane, Murray Lane, Wilma Avenue)

High Street Road Group (Warburton Highway to High Street, Ray Street, Stringybark Lane)

Silvan

Bourbon Street Road Group (Wylie Road, Sunset Strip)

Haynes Street Road Group (Loris Street, May Street)

Tecoma

Burnham Road Group (includes Belgrave) (Catherine Way, Laurie Avenue, Minter Street, Oakwood Lane, Swansea Court, Talbot Ave)

The Patch

Georges Road Group (Greenslopes Road, Hilditch Avenue, Ian Road, Rupert Road)

Halcyon Avenue (Lamont Avenue, O’Connors Road, Lawrence Road, Murray Road)

Upper Ferntree Gully

Darley Street Road Group (Olivette Service Road, Vernon Street)

Upwey

Austral Avenue Road Group (unsealed sections of Hakea Drive, Alpine Drive, Nevada Drive, Kaye Road)

Belbrook Road Group (Carween Ave, The Highway, Weldon Grove)

Belmont Avenue Road Group (Guy Street, Highcliff Road, Mary Street)

Deans Road Group (Henderson Street, Levers Street, Thompson Road, Torry Hill Road)

Glenfern Close Road Group (Hubert Street, Vernon Street)

Wesburn

Banksia Circuit Road group (Edward Streetm Wares Road)

Wandin North

Alfred Street and John Street

Bailey Grove Road Group (Warburton Highway to Bailey Grove, Darinda Ave, Stewart Ave, Wanda Ave, Wellington Road)

Park Street Road Group (Nicholas Street, Mary Road, Elsie Street, Royal Avenue, Imperial Avenue)

Tainton Street and Railway Parade

Warburton

Alpine Street Group (Cecil St, Glenbrook Road)

Boronia Road Group (Clarke Ave, Sylvan Ave, Unity Court)

Woori Yallock

Barrowby Avenue Road Group (Nester Road, Selby Road)

Henry Street and Lester Street

Yarra Junction

Bannerman Street Road Group (Douglas Parade, Duke Street, Queen Street, Hillview Street, Junction Street, Henry Street)

McOwan Crescent Road Group (Outlook Avenue, Railway Steet)

Victoria Street and Witnish Street

A person wearing a backpack, standing in dense forest in the Dandenong Ranges.

The RidgeWalk trail project in the Dandenongs will be one of Council's major Capital Works projects in 2022-23.

Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the June 2021 storms will continue to be a key focus for Council, with $3m allocated to recovery projects in the coming year.

“We know that it takes years for a community to come back from a disaster – not just to rebuild in a difficult market, but to build resilience, trust and networks, and to plan for whatever’s next,” Cr Child said.

“As we come up to one year since the 9 June storms and winter starts up again, we know that people may be feeling nervous and tense. We’re here to help, and please reach out to us if you need.

“Our Recovery Team will continue to help guide people through this recovery, working with our passionate community members so we can get through this together.

“We’ll also be advocating to the State and Federal Governments for more assistance and funding for recovery and new infrastructure projects. However, as of the budget’s release, we’ve not had any confirmation of further funding from the Government despite submitting business cases.

The Budget allocates $86.4m towards Council’s service delivery, including:

  • $6.3m for early years development and early childhood education and care
  • $4.6m for positive ageing services
  • $497,000 for supporting people with disabilities
  • $2.0m to support youth mental health, participation and engagement
  • $7.0m for maintenance and renewal of community buildings
  • $2.0m for maintaining aquatics facilities
  • $2.2m for biodiversity conservation
  • $2.3m for animal management and improving community safety

Cr Child said that Council would be meeting the State Government’s rate cap of 1.75 per cent, with staff working on improvements to services while keeping costs down.

“Our focus will always be on you, our community members, and we’ll work towards providing improved customer experience in all your interactions with Council,” he said.

“With a very high consumer price index rise this year, we’ve had to work had to provide a budget that continues to provide our high-quality services while avoiding a deficit between our incoming revenue and our outgoing costs.

“We have worked hard to identify savings and pull down expenses.

“We think this Draft Budget offers value in service delivery and infrastructure investment for ratepayers in Yarra Ranges, while balancing the financial reality – that costs are rising and our revenue is constrained – in a sustainable way. We’re committed to providing you with the services and assets you need to have a healthy community, and now it’s time to hear what you think.

“Please visit the Council website and let us know how you feel about the budget, in as many or as few words as you’d like.”

Engagement on the budget closes on 7 June.

A special meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday, 15 June, to hear spoken submissions for anyone who wishes to present.

For more information, visit shaping.yarraranges.vic.gov.au 

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