Quality infrastructure and liveable places

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Quality facilities and infrastructure meets current and future needs. Places are well planned and are hubs of activity that foster wellbeing, creativity and innovation.

Key strategies to achieve our objective include:

Current projects

Find out what we’re doing to support connected and healthy communities in Yarra Ranges.


Our major initiatives

Asset management

  • Council has completed its Asset Management Plan which guide Council's approach to managing its total portfolio of community assets valued in excess of $1.5 billion and includes initiatives that will improve Council’s ability to invest in and manage infrastructure that prioritises positive community outcomes and benefits.
  • Work on improving and consolidating asset registers continue with skate and BMX parks, playspaces and bridges transitioned into the corporate asset management system.

Community hubs and facilities

  • Council continues on its review to better understand opportunities that will provide better experiences in public spaces throughout the municipality.
  • Service mapping involves assessing how well our facilities meet current and emerging community needs, and how these buildings can be re-purposed to maximize their usage and benefits to the community has commenced. The service mapping activity is scheduled to be completed in 2020-21.

Improved transport

  • We are currently developing an Integrated Transport Strategy outlining how Council will meet future road management needs and the objectives of Yarra Ranges’ broader planning priorities.
  • The draft strategy and the proposed actions which are currently out for public consultation until February outline the most pressing challenges faced by Yarra Ranges and the big moves required to make getting around more convenient, safer and sustainable.


Advocacy for improved infrastructure

We have secured State and Federal funding for future facilities and sporting venues including:

    • $3 million from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund for the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination
    • $1 million from the State Eastern Metropolitan Partnership for the Yarra Valley Trail
    • $30k for the for the design of the Melba Highway Underpass in Yarra Glen from Transport Accident Commission.
    • $77k for the Vic Health Innovation Challenge ‘She Can Ride’ to support the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination project through a dedicated female riding program


Other highlights

  • Works are underway to seal the first roads in the Federal Government-funded 10-year roads program, with sealing works on Rue De Gare and Prospect Roads in Wandin North due to be completed in coming months.
  • A new Planning, Design and Development Directorate was created in September to better align the organisational structure with Council’s strategic focus and delivery program. The directorate is responsible for the sustainable design and development of Yarra Ranges’ built spaces and looks to foster economic prosperity through attracting investment and business growth, facilitating development through Council’s statutory and strategic place planning functions and promoting urban design excellence.
  • A strategic and considered method for prioritisation of towns for Place Plan development has been created and will be presented for Council endorsement in early 2020. The Warburton Place Plan Engagement and Directions Paper has been developed and shared with community. A Draft Warburton Place Plan will be released in early 2020 for community feedback.         
  • We continued to work with the Victorian Planning Authority and relevant State agencies on a planning scheme amendment that will facilitate the redevelopment of the Lilydale Quarry to accommodate for 3,000 dwellings, commercial uses, community facilities, public open space and a new railway station.
  • In September, Council endorsed a submission to the State’s Level Crossing Removal Authority that addresses concerns raised by the community through a number of community-led workshops in Lilydale and Mooroolbark. We continue to strongly advocate to achieve the best outcomes for our community.
  • External consultants have been appointed and commenced the first stage of the Development Contributions Plan, which involves identifying applicable infrastructure projects to ensure all relevant information is incorporated before a decision is made to progress towards a planning scheme amendment.
  • The affordable housing component of Council’s revised Housing Strategy has been drafted and the State-mandated contributions framework is complete.
  • The Multi-Unit Housing Guidelines (for Villa Units and Townhouses) has been completed to provide technical guidance and direction to developers on acceptable outcomes for developments and made publicly available
  • With over 500 people consulted to date, community engagement continues to be at the core of RidgeWalk’s development. The RidgeWalk Master Plan is in draft form as final alignment changes are documented. These changes were initiated following extensive public engagement and on-site stakeholder engagement with multiple parties and tiers of government.
  • We coordinated a series of consultations from July to December, including community engagement around the review of the Recreation and Open Space Strategy, the development of the Paths and Trails and several master plans for various recreational reserves across the municipality.
  • New outdoor fitness equipment was installed at the Yarra Glenn recreation reserve.
  • Lilydale’s Melba Park gates underwent restoration works in November, ensuring one of Council’s most valuable heritage listed asset is protected for years to come.
  • Work on the redevelopment of Burrinja continues according to plans. It is expected that the gallery and studios will be activated and open to the public in May 2020. The new development will open up the space and provide a richer experience for visitors and artists.

92% of Council Plan actions are on track