Noble Park is located 25km south-east of the Melbourne CBD, nestled between Springvale and Dandenong, within the Greater Dandenong Local Government Area. The suburb has a long and proud history and is amongst the most culturally diverse in Australia. The area is home to about 30% of Victoria’s asylum seekers with Noble Park and surrounding suburbs often a first point of settlement. Noble Park has retained its much-loved village style character, while also seeing substantial investment and growth over recent years.
Recent investments in the area include the new train station and level crossing removal, seeing a new link road connecting two main shopping strips (previously divided by the train line), and a significant investment into Ross Reserve with a new skate park, aquatic centre, sports pavilion, synthetic soccer pitch and an all-abilities playground with Australian-first play equipment.
Noble Park has been identified as a priority revitalisation site to leverage the recent growth and to capitalise on the new infrastructure to unlock Noble Park’s full potential and attract additional investment to speed up the social and economic recovery of the impacts of COVID-19.
The Revitalisation Board will seek to:
- Celebrate the diversity & multiculturalism of Noble Park as a way to break down barriers and enhance community connectedness
- Increase access to jobs by reducing barriers to employment, particularly for women and young people
- Seek additional opportunities for all people have access to quality education and meaningful employment opportunities to set them up for their future
- Leverage existing infrastructure to support mental health programs operating in the local area
- Engage young people’s interests and provide opportunities to be involved in decision making for their community
- Increase perceptions of safety in public spaces through environmental design and activation of spaces
- Capitalise on opportunities leveraged from recent investment into Ross Reserve infrastructure and the level crossing removal project.
Noble Park Revitalisation Board
Established in 2021, the Board provides a local voice to the Victorian Government's Suburban Revitalisation program, working with local communities to identify opportunities for locally-led projects to make Noble Park thrive.
Questions, ideas and feedback for the Board are encouraged and welcome. You can get in touch with the Board by emailing email@example.com.
State Member of Parliament for South Eastern Metropolitan Region since April 2020, Lee was also elected to represent this electorate from 2010-2014. In the intervening years Lee served as a Senior Adviser to the Hon. Gavin Jennings MP, Leader of the Government (Legislative Council), Special Minister of State, Minister for Priority Precincts & Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
Lee lives in Noble Park and grew up and undertook his schooling in the Noble Park and Keysborough areas. He's been active and dedicated to his local community from a very young age - establishing, working with and mentoring various community groups, organisations and individuals.
Lee received the Order of Australia Medal in 2018 for service to the people and Parliament of Victoria and has been a Justice of the Peace since 1999.
Angela is in her 22nd year on Council, currently serving her third term as the Mayor. She is a strong believer in working together to create value, and uses her years of experience to support and develop policies, programs and services that enhance the future growth of businesses, communities, cities and regions. Angela takes great pride in representing the most diverse municipality in Australia, and encourages others to also set a good example by modelling respectful, inclusive and welcoming attitudes and behaviours.
Andrew is CEO of the South East LLEN and Deputy Chair of the Southern Metropolitan Partnership. Andrew has worked in the Noble Park region for the last 12 years and has 30 years’ experience in the fields of youth, education and employment.
Roz Blades AM served the Greater Dandenong community as a Councillor for more than 25 years, having been elected in 1987 to the City of Springvale, and Mayor in 1991. Roz was re-elected to Greater Dandenong Council in 1997 before retiring in 2019.
Cr Roz Blades AM has been a resident of Noble Park since 1970 and raised her 3 sons in the area. Having migrated to Noble Park at the age of 20, Roz devoted her time to promoting a vibrant, welcoming and connected community. Roz has long been one of Noble Park’s best champions, promoting its diversity, multiculturalism and strength.
Roz is now the Vice President of the Noble Park Community Centre.
Karen Eager has worked with Chisholm in the delivery of English language education for 21 years. A teacher early in her career, she now manages English Languages Studies programs, including the Adult Migrant English Program across South East Melbourne and the Peninsula region. Her work includes collaborating with networks and organisations to support student outcomes including the social, employment and settlement needs of learners.
Jayne is passionate about improving social and economic outcomes for residents of the community and has over 15 years of experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance functions within the public sector.
Jayne is a member of the senior management team at AMES Australia, a state government entity which plays a role in successfully settling new arrivals with their broad range of settlement, English language and employment services.
Jayne is a CPA and a Chartered Accountant and holds tertiary and post-graduate qualifications in Banking and Finance and in Business Administration.
John has been CEO of Greater Dandenong City Council since 2006. He was previously CEO of Manningham City Council. He is a past Chair of the Southern Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee; past President of LGPro; and past National President of Local Government Managers Australia. John is presently a non-executive Director of MAV Insurance; a non-executive Director of Chisholm Institute; Deputy Board Chair of MannaCare Inc.; and, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Templestowe.
Projects funded in Noble Park
Stage 1B of the All Abilities Playground will see the installation of additional play elements, nine seats, two picnic tables and other supporting infrastructure.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $190,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021. This stage of works complements the initial investment of $2 million from Sports and Recreation Victoria to establish the All Abilities Playground.
The streetscape improvements will support business activity and visitor attraction to the Noble Park Activity centre while building on the centre's sense of community spirit and much-loved village character. The project will improve the main street’s footpaths, provide safer vehicle and pedestrian crossings at the newly created intersection at Leonard Ave, Link Road and Douglas Street as a result of the level crossing removal project. It will increase the number of street trees, public seating options, landscaping, public lighting and provide traffic management thresholds to better support safe pedestrian movement.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $310,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.
This project involves preliminary site preparation of the land abutting the Uniting Church at 2A Frank Street and its redevelopment into one of Noble Park's newest open public spaces. The redevelopment will support business activity and visitor attraction to Noble Park Activity Centre while building on the centre’s sense of community spirit and much-loved village character. It will provide a much-needed green corridor connection between Ross Reserve, Aubrey Moss Memorial Gardens and Copas Park. Project works will include landscaping, shade structures, tables and chairs and a performance platform. The newly created pocket park will provide the community with a place to rest, enjoy activities and somewhere to eat publicly.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $425,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.
Works to upgrade the Ian Street streetscape follow the recently completed design review for the street. The project addresses changes in land use as a result of the level crossing removal project, including the new Link Road and intersection at Ian St and Mons Parade. The redesign of Ian Street also addresses the undergrounding of overhead power lines, new public lighting to improve night-time amenity, an increase in the number of trees and threshold treatments at the Heatherton Road and Mons Parade intersections. Street furniture and new surface treatments will refresh and renew Ian Street.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $680,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.
In Partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong, a youth committee will be established to work alongside the Noble Park Revitalisation Board to identify the key challenges experienced by young people in the suburb. A series of workshops will be held where the group will explore new youth projects wile gaining valuable leadership skills.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $4,400 in funding, alongside an in-kind contribution of $15,954 from the City of Greater Dandenong. It's anticipated the engagements will commence in late 2021.
Page last updated: 16/09/21