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Lilydale is a major activity centre located 34km to the north-east of the CBD within the Yarra Ranges Council area. Not only one of the largest and fastest growing towns in the Yarra Ranges, but it is also the gateway to the state significant tourism region of the lush Yarra Valley.

The population of Lilydale is growing and aging, with an estimated doubling of the current population by 2041 to over 31,000 people, of which 35% will be over 60 years old. This growth is being supported by major infrastructure projects including the Lilydale Station Level Crossing Removal, quarry site redevelopment and investment in education, health and community facilities. 

The Victorian Government is committed to strengthening the liveability of Lilydale by driving economic opportunities and the delivery of local projects. Investment in Lilydale will seek to:

  • Create an exemplar 20-minute neighbourhood where people live locally
  • Build an excellent network of health and education services for all abilities to ensure everyone has access to support and opportunities from ‘cradle to grave’
  • Support businesses to prosper and connect into strong local supply chains via government, agencies and industry networks
  • Draw in visitors to the vibrancy and activity of Lilydale’s country town feel combined with its high-quality urban amenity and links into the Yarra Valley.

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Lilydale Revitalisation Board

Established in 2021, the Board provides a local voice to the Victorian Government's Suburban Revitalisation program, working with communities to identify opportunities for locally-led projects to help Lilydale thrive.

Questions, ideas and feedback for the Board are encouraged and welcome. You can get in touch with the Board by emailing

Photo of Harriet Shing MPHarriet Shing MP grew up in Lilydale and was elected to the Upper House in 2014. She represents the Eastern Victoria Region which includes metropolitan, interface, regional and rural communities.

Harriet is the Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Creative Industries and Equality, and is Chair of the Lilydale Level Crossing Removal Stakeholder Liaison Group.

Photo of Cr Fiona McAllisterCr Fiona McAllister, Yarra Ranges Council Mayor, comes to her role as Councillor with more than 20+ years’ of professional experience working with Councils across the State.  She was first elected as the Ryrie Ward Councillor in 2012, then 2016 and again in 2020.  Fiona represented Council in the role of Mayor in 2014 and once again was honoured with this role in 2021.

She is mother to 4 children and lives with her husband and their 2 primary school aged children in Healesville. She is actively involved in the community as a volunteer, and a strong advocate for significant issues such as access to health services locally.

Photo of Tammi RoseAs CEO of Yarra Ranges Council, Tammi Rose is an accomplished public purpose executive with more than 20 years of experience working in Local Government.  A strategic, influential, and engaging leader, with innate energy for driving innovative solutions to complex challenges, Tammi is known for putting the community at the heart of all decision-making to deliver quality services and infrastructure.

Tammi holds a degree in Commerce, is a qualified CPA and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Photo of Simon O'CallaghanSimon O’Callaghan is the Chief Executive Officer of Yarra Ranges Tourism, the Official Regional Tourism Organisation responsible for the promotion of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. In this role he leads a team of marketing and industry development specialists working with local tourism businesses to grow the visitor economy as a key regional employer.

Photo of Vivienne KingVivienne King is currently the Managing Director & CEO of Box Hill Institute. Prior to her current position Vivienne held the role of President of British Columbia Rapid Transit Company.

Vivienne has a strong interest in Public Policy & Education and Transport planning, design & delivery and has sat on several Boards covering NFPs, Insurance & International Transit groups during her career.

Photo of Michael SmithMichael Smith is the CEO of Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) and has been leading the organisation since 2004. In this time, the service has grown and developed to better serve the region’s communities with strategic priorities of addressing family violence, seniors’ rights, cultural diversity and young people, as well as developing partnerships in these areas.

Photo of Sue SestonSue has been CEO at Inspiro for over three years.  She has more than 20 years of experience in executive management and significant knowledge of public and not-for-profit healthcare.

Photo of David PlunkettDavid Plunkett has many years of executive and senior management experience in both the Public and Private Health Sectors. David commenced his health career as a Registered Nurse. He joined Eastern Health in 2002 and held various roles, including Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and Executive Director Acute Health, all leading to his current role of Eastern Health Chief Executive which he has held since September 2016.

Photo of Mel SpencerMel Spencer is the co-founder and Executive Officer of Different Journeys which provides peer support and social connections for autistic individuals and their families. She is a passionate advocate for ensuring that the voice of hidden disabilities are given consideration.

Photo of Hayley DeanWith over 30 years’ experience in the disability, aged care and community health sectors, Hayley’s career has focussed on the creation and provision of innovative and responsive person-driven services within a high quality human rights framework. Hayley joined Melba Support Services in early 2017 as the organisation’s first Chief Outcomes Officer, supporting the organisation through the transition to the NDIS and the successful transfer of government services. Hayley was appointed CEO in September 2020.

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Projects funded in Lilydale

To boost the recreational tourist experience along the Warburton and Yarra Valley shared trails a range of crossing safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists are proposed at the Beresford Road section.  This includes traffic calming pavement treatments, lighting, signage and landscaping to better signify the crossing point.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $250,000 in funding for the project anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

A Lilydale Community Garden and gathering space is located on Main Street, adjacent Bunnings. This project establishes a new community garden and gathering space, including a vegetable garden, fruit trees, seating, work bench, storage areas, water supply and public art. It has been delivered in partnership with Bunnings and the council is exploring options to include ECOSS to support environmental education.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $55,000 in funding for the project which was opened 1 July 2021.

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Improvements to the streetscape in Castella Street will attract more customers to Lilydale's cafes and restaurants to enjoy the pleasures of alfresco dining. This project will improve the experience of the street, support recovery of local businesses and bring people back to the heart of Lilydale. All planning will be complementary to the Lilydale Precinct Structure Plan.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $65,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

This pilot program will deliver convenient cycling infrastructure on major tourist trails to get more visitors on their bikes and on their way. The creation of a recognisable cycle centre branding icon for activity centres in the Yarra Ranges supports cycling through the provision of infrastructure such as cycle repair and maintenance stations, drinking fountains, shelter, toilets, bike parking, charging points for electric bikes and mobile devices.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $390,000 in funding for the project and is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

This project will undertake a social planning assessment of future community needs to shape a clear program of uses in the proposed integrated community facility in Lilydale. The study will inform the architectural design brief and costings for the new community facility.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $130,000 in funding for the project and is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Local artists will take to the streets of Lilydale to add colour and interest with a commissioned series of mural artworks.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $55,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

This project focuses on rejuvenating Lions Park to improve both the safety and appeal of its use.  Stage 1 includes a visible pedestrian thoroughfare connecting both sides of Maroondah Highway and the creation of a peaceful, revegetated resting place to enjoy nature on the southern section of Olinda Creek.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $325,000 in funding for the project and is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Stage 2 of Lions Park improvements will deliver additional landscape, public realm and infrastructure improvements to the northern section of the Olinda Creek corridor.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $260,000 in funding for the project and is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Page last updated: 16/09/21