Reservoir's main street - showing pedestrians, cars and the new train station.

Reservoir is one of Melbourne’s largest suburbs, located 12km north of the Melbourne CBD and within the City of Darebin. Its socially and culturally diverse community, together with its residents’ strong sense of community and pride, are some of Reservoir’s greatest strengths.

The new award-winning train station, part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, as well as other public transport links, connect residents and visitors to Reservoir’s established main street precinct, well-loved recreational and leisure destinations and diverse residential neighbourhoods.

The State Government is committed to long-lasting renewal in Reservoir and this is why it has been identified as a priority suburb to revitalise. Investment in Reservoir will seek to:

  • Guide local growth such that it benefits long-standing and new residents alike
  • Support a strong and resilient local economy and economic wellbeing
  • Create a vibrant and attractive public realm and main street precinct
  • Increase community connections and programs for the most vulnerable
  • Improve perceptions of safety.

Reservoir station, a tall silver building which is about three stories tall. The raised train line passes through the station, where at the top floor is the platform.

Reservoir 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 Reservoir thrive.

Questions, ideas and feedback for the Board are encouraged and welcome. You can get in touch with the Board by emailing suburban.revitalisation@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Photo of Robin Scott MPRobin Scott was born and raised in the northern suburbs and lives in Reservoir. He has represented Preston District – which takes in the suburbs of Preston and Reservoir – since 2006.

Robin has a life-long commitment to social justice and equity and is a long-term member of the Australian Labor Party. He has held many administrative and leadership positions within the party over the years.

Photo of Cr Lina MessinaMayor Lina Messina has been a councillor in Darebin since 2016 and was elected Mayor in 2020.  She is passionate about what makes Darebin a great place to live; its diversity, its neighbourhoods and most importantly, its people. She is deeply invested in community sports, multiculturalism, creating a circular waste economy and addressing environmental, social and economic concerns.  Mayor Messina has a professional background in the aged care sector and is passionate about celebrating Darebin’s rich culture and heritage as this underpins the community's identity.

Photo of Sue WilkinsonSue Wilkinson is the Chief Executive Officer of Darebin City Council.  A planner by background, Sue has significant senior leadership experience having worked as the CEO of Colac Otway Shire and in executive roles at the City of Monash, City of Port Phillip and in the State Government.  Sue is well known for her open and approachable leadership style and was recognised for her significant contribution to the public service and the planning industry in Victoria when she was named as the winner of the prestigious Paul Jerome Award.

Photo of Claire LaydenClaire Layden is a member of East Reservoir Neighbours for Change. Claire's background is in community development, working internationally to support organisations in strategic planning and program evaluation. Claire co-manages a local sustainable building business.

Photo of Terry Larkins PSM OAMTerry OAM PSM is an experienced leader and practitioner in local government and community development sectors. He has held a wide range of roles in both the development of the community and the commercial outcomes in Australia and overseas in Papua New Guinea. Terry was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 1995 for Outstanding Public Service to Local Government.

Photo of Angie DavidsonAngie has taken the Reservoir Neighbourhood House from an auspicing model to being an independent registered charity. She has a long history in community development and engagement. She believes in cohesion, inclusion and promoting a strong positive culture within the workplace and community where people feel valued, engaged and have continual opportunities to have their say and determine their community life.

Photo of Paddy McVeighPaddy McVeigh has been the Executive Officer at PRACE for over 10 years.

Having worked in the community services and education and training sectors for the last 35 years, Paddy has extensive management experience and knowledge related to both community services and education in a not-for-profit environment.

Photo of Kent BurgessKent brings over 15 years of senior leadership experience within the health and community sectors. He is the CEO at Your Community Health and local resident of Darebin. Kent brings expertise in community health and development, population health, social connectedness, community engagement and vulnerable communities.

Photo of Penelope JamiesonPenny Jamieson is Principal for Meandah P/L and has 27-years specialty and experience in the field of managing, consulting and marketing Melbourne's Main Street precincts. Penny has a long-standing relationship with Reservoir Village as their Centre Manager for over 20 years.

Photo of Andrew McNeilWith over 25 years of experience in schools in rural, regional and suburban settings, in both Australia and the UK, Andrew is passionate about supporting students to both achieve at their best, and to be active participants in their communities.

Photo of Ashley McInnesAshley is a Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Management executive with extensive experience across the economic, education, justice and health sectors. He is a current board member of NORTH Link and the Victorian Government’s Northern Metropolitan Partnership.

Photo of Nene PowellNene is a member of East Reservoir Neighbours for Change and has a keen interest in permaculture, practical self-sufficiency, community connectedness, sharing and keeping it local. On a professional side, Nene has over 25 years of experience as a Senior Project Manager in corporate organisations.

Photo of Dr DiLorenzoDr Nerina Di Lorenzo is the Executive General Manager of Service Delivery at Melbourne Water and is responsible for the provision of water, sewerage, waterways, drainage and recycled water services to the Greater Melbourne Region. She has over 21 years of experience in senior leadership roles, including almost five years as CEO of Moreland City Council.

Her roles have spanned the areas of Asset Management, Infrastructure Operations, Project Delivery and Business Improvement. Prior to this, she held roles in the oil industry working on the oil rigs in Bass Strait. Nerina has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Business and a PhD centring on the topic of organisational change management.

Colourful drawings on the pavement in several colours. The lines move in flowing shapes.

Projects funded in Reservoir

Local community and businesses are working together to create a Reservoir flavoured
recipe book - showcasing local businesses and community recipes. A lunch
event will be held to bring people together to share and promote their
achievements in time for Christmas. Planned project outcomes include better
connections and collaboration between businesses and stakeholders on both
sides of the shopping strip, celebration of community and business voices,
and the attraction of new customers to Reservoir.

A multifaceted community safety program that will include: working with Victoria Police and local agencies to deliver a program that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, particularly drug and alcohol consumption in the activity centre; working with two part-time drug and alcohol outreach workers who will seek to engage with and support individuals struggling with substance abuse problems; and crime prevention activities with local businesses. The project will contribute to reducing anti-social behaviour and enhance perceptions of community safety in Reservoir.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $155,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

The project will deliver on-road bike lanes (green surface treatment) and kerb installations along Edwardes and Broadway Streets. Outcomes of this project will include enhanced active transport connections throughout Reservoir and greater safety.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $110,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

This project involves undertaking an economic, place-based analysis of Reservoir. This will include customer loyalty assessments and a workshop with Reservoir businesses to assist them in understanding the research. The outcomes of this work will inform future planning, with an evidence-based approach to determining future works in Reservoir, as well as appropriate investment attraction strategies to stimulate revitalisation in Reservoir.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $50,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

The project will assist to revitalise the central shopping precincts of Reservoir by undertaking new and additional plantings throughout. Giving the centre a ‘refresh’ and increasing planting will help cool the activity centre, encourage the use of public space and improve the look and feel of the centre while addressing issues raised by customers, businesses and the community. Benefits will include increased ‘pride of place’ by community members, visitors and business owners; increased satisfaction and reinvigoration of the centre. The project also aligns with Darebin City Council’s Streetscape Masterplan and Open Space Strategy and addresses feedback gathered from LXRP community engagement.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $75,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.

The project will deliver streetscape and footpath improvements focussing on High and Broadway Streets, with some improvements along Spring Street as well. Improvements will include creating a strong sense of arrival and an entrance to the centre at Broadway Street (similar new entrance delivered at Edwardes Street). These streets will benefit from new and an increased number of street furniture, bike hoops and new trees. These improvements will complement works completed along segments of Broadway and Edwardes Street.

Outcomes include improving the look and feel of the centre, which will encourage visitation to and use of public spaces, increased 'pride of place' by the local community, visitors and businesses, increased satisfaction and reinvigoration of the centre.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $575,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

The project will include the development of a branding and marketing program, seeking to deliver a unified brand for Reservoir via the addition of branded wayfinding, signage, flags and banners close to the new station. This will also include work with businesses to deliver branding activities, integrate the Reservoir branding into their offerings and promotional materials, build their capacity to be part of the activity centre and assist with uniting businesses on both sides of the strip. Outcomes include promoting the centre, supporting and celebrating businesses and enhancing the centre's identity.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $150,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

The Reservoir Blitz project will revitalise the central shopping precincts of Reservoir by undertaking minor works on both sides of the centre. Giving the centre a refresh will encourage the use of public space and improve the look and feel of the centre, while addressing issues raised by customers, businesses and the community. Benefits will include increased pride of place from community members, visitors and business owners; increased satisfaction and the reinvigoration of activity in the centre.


The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $35,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.

The Reservoir Splash project will provide co-contribution shopfront improvement grants to local businesses, allowing them to purchase furniture, displays, blinds or other improvements to creatively uplift their shopfronts. Outcomes of this project include enhanced amenity to match the structural improvements across Reservoir, enhanced pride of place, as well as increased visitation and the attraction/retention of customers.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $150,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

The project will deliver a program of events, activations and activities on both sides of Reservoir's shopping strip (Edwardes Street and Broadway Street). Examples of events, activations and activities include spring and autumn activities, weekend markets, multicultural activities celebrating Reservoir's cultural diversity, murals at key sites, testing the activation of the old Police Station Building,  delivering activities in Broadway Park (once established), as well as supporting business-led events. Desired outcomes include increased visitation to and foot traffic in Reservoir, bringing music and creativity to Reservoir and supporting businesses to continue to deliver events and activities into the future.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $175,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

A program focused on building entrepreneurial and leadership skills within young people of Reservoir. The program focuses on Aboriginal, CALD and LGBTIQA+ youth and seeks participation from local business operators and partners to be mentors. The program covers leadership, start-up businesses, digital and tech information. The intent of the project is to create local opportunities and enhance youth connections to Reservoir, local businesses and youth services, as well as build youth capacity.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $80,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Page last updated: 16/09/21