Upcoming projects to shape future of Lilydale

Published on 13 October 2021

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Council is calling on the local Lilydale community and surrounds to get involved with a number of upcoming projects within the township.

Falling under the title of ‘Shaping Lilydale’, these projects will help maximise the benefits of Lilydale and shape the town’s future like never before.

In total, nine projects have been earmarked for Lilydale over the next few years, with community engagement to begin individually on these projects at different times over the next six months.

The projects earmarked to date are:

  • Lillydale Lake Masterplan
  • Lilydale Structure Plan
  • Beresford Road Trails Crossing Project
  • Castella Streetscape Improvements
  • Integrated Community Facility Options Study
  • Cycle Centre Nodes - Design and Implementation
  • Lilydale Street Art
  • Lions Park Masterplan
  • Lilydale Heritage Rail Station Precinct

The projects have come about from a mixture of State Government and Council funding, with all projects, besides the Lillydale Lake Masterplan and Lilydale Structure Plan, coming under the State Government’s Suburban Revitalisation program.

Billanook Ward Councillor, Tim Heenan, and Melba Ward Councillor, Sophie Todorov, said that Lilydale had reached an important juncture in its history.

“Lilydale remains as the largest urban centre in our region and provides the rest of the Yarra Ranges and surrounds with a whole range of important services and facilities,” Cr Heenan said.

“A really strong sense of community still remains, along with beautiful tree-lined streets, heritage buildings and some spectacular views.

“But what we’ve seen and found over time is that the town lacks a meaningful focal point and its areas of activity are probably not as coordinated as what they could be.”

“With large scale projects such as the Lilydale quarry redevelopment and the level crossing removal, there’s a great opportunity here to implement some projects and initiatives to help shape a new Lilydale, while retaining its culture, history and community feel,” Cr Todorov said.

“I encourage everyone in the local community to keep an eye out in the near future for engagement opportunities for these projects, as we’d love to get your feedback.”

Council will promote engagement opportunities for the individually listed projects in the near future, however you can see an overview of these projects by visiting https://shaping.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/lilydale.