Lilydale Activity Centre

Lilydale was first settled by Europeans in the 1860s, as a rural outpost servicing surrounding agricultural land, and later as a staging point for travellers to the goldfields. Today, the town retains its role as the largest urban centre in its region, now providing its surrounding districts with a broad array of services and facilities, including retail, industrial, health, community, civic, educational and recreational.

Over past decades, the town’s layout and design have revealed problems. It has been identified that the town lacks a sense of centre, or focal point, and that its areas of activity are fragmented. There has been ongoing uncertainty over a potential bypass for the town, which has exacerbated these problems.

Despite this, the town has a strong sense of community and significant assets, notably its majestic tree lined streets, heritage buildings, and sweeping views.

There is now unprecedented investment occurring in the centre, in the form of the Lilydale quarry redevelopment, the level crossing removal and new station, and other initiatives. The town is now at an important juncture in time, and there is now a critical opportunity to maximise the benefits of this investment, and shape the town’s future as never before.

To these ends, Council has begun work on a new Structure Plan for the centre. An initial Issues and Opportunities Paper has undergone public consultation, and work now progresses towards the next step, a Draft Structure Plan.

This work builds on previous strategic work and consultation that has occurred in the town, including:

  • Place Plan 2019 – this plan sets out a strong, clear vision for the future of the town, incorporating findings of substantial community involvement
  • Structure Plan 2006 - this is the existing strategic plan, which the current work intends to replace
  • Urban Improvement Project 2008 – this study followed from the 2006 Structure Plan, with a focus on built form issues