Boronia is located 32km east of the Melbourne CBD, within the City of Knox and at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. It is a leafy residential suburb with a well-serviced town centre supporting a mix of different uses, including an excellent network of health and community services and a growing number of knowledge intensive businesses. Boronia’s liveability and relative affordability have attracted a growing number of families and new residents.
The State Government has identified Boronia as a priority suburb to revitalise in order to leverage local growth, enhance local economic activity and diversity and provide more local jobs that match the community’s skills.
Our vision is that Boronia is a safe, vibrant, connected and inclusive community strategically located in Melbourne’s growing eastern corridor. Nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Boronia is working towards greater local economic activity, and enhanced liveability.
Boronia 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 Boronia thrive.
Questions, ideas and feedback for the Board are encouraged and welcome. You can get in touch with the Board by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackson Taylor MP is the proud local member for the Bayswater District after being elected in 2018. Jackson worked as a frontline police officer and prosecutor immediately before being elected, as well as being a local Knox City Councillor and Deputy Mayor. Jackson’s priorities have been shaped by his personal experiences in his childhood and he’s passionate about getting things done.
Cr Susan Laukens was elected as Mayor of Knox City Council in November 2021 in only her second year as a Councillor.
Cr Laukens was elected to Knox City Council in 2020 as the local Councillor for Friberg Ward where she represents the communities of Knoxfield, Ferntree Gully and Rowville. Susan was also elected as the Deputy Mayor for the 2020-21 term.
Susan, along with her family, is a proud resident of Knox for 14 years. A passion for community health, wellbeing and safety complements her profession as a Registered Nurse. Susan is an advocate for stakeholders to be actively involved in developing strong partnerships so that our community can thrive.
Bruce Dobson is Chief Executive Officer of Knox City Council. Prior to Knox he served in senior executive roles at the City of Boroondara and City of Darebin across portfolios including corporate services, environment and infrastructure, customer experience and business transformation. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
With more than 30 years of community sector management in the consumer, tenancy, legal and now the welfare sector, Denise brings a broad knowledge and understanding of the community sector, partnership development and project management. Denise is passionate about her local community in Knox where she has lived for 30 years, and in particular Boronia, where she leads a team of staff and 20 + volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure those without a voice are heard, respected and treated with fairness and dignity while addressing and advocating for their needs.
Denise is honoured to have the opportunity to serve her community on the Boronia Revitalisation Board and is looking forward to being part of the revitalisation of Boronia.
Michael 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.
Fiona has worked in the education sector and is passionate about engaging young people in education, training or employment. She is the current CEO of the Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network (OELLEN). OELLEN develops partnerships between education, industry and the local community to assist students to make a successful and engaging transition from secondary schooling to post school options.
Having lived in Boronia for 27 years, Alpa is very much part of its community and is both a resident and a business owner. Alpa runs a successful café where she provides a safe and welcoming place for her customers.
She spent 12 years as head of the design team in the Exhibition Building sector, she has managed major stakeholder accounts such as Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Baxter Healthcare and ABB to name a few.
Alpa also created her jewellery brand ‘Heirloom’ showcasing some of her work at Swahili Fashion Week in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and RAW Natural Born Artists show at the Emporium Catwalk in Melbourne.
She is also the founder of MYNDGYM, which hosts events with inspirational speakers to give the women in her community a safe space.
Debbie McLaughlin has extensive experience working in the Community Services Sector with both Government and Non-Government organisations. Previous employers have included the Victorian Government Department of Human Services, working as a Child Youth and Family Services Worker before moving onto Swinburne University of Technology in 2006. Since being at Swinburne, Debbie has worked across many areas including VCAL and Community Services where she is the A/Director Department of Health, Science and Community.
Debbie is a professional qualified Registered Nurse and an accomplished manager and leader with over 25 years extensive experience in community, primary, sub-acute, aged care and disability services, currently holding the role as Operations Director at EACH for the Northern and Eastern Regions.
Mel 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 considerations.
Tom is a Cinema Pioneer, having a lifetime involvement in cinemas across Victoria. He has managed many major multiplexes and Drive-In Cinemas, and now owns Metro Cinemas Boronia.
Metro Cinemas Boronia is privately owned and operated by Tom and his family. His involvement with the site goes back to the opening of the complex in 1976 and running it successfully for Village Roadshow in 1985.
His daughter Ellie manages the cinemas with him, and they are strongly focused on delivering a community orientated, friendly, and affordable cinema, where locals feel safe and welcome. The cinema has been a large supporter of local charities and fundraisers.
Tom has seen many changes in the area and looks forward to working toward a very bright future for Boronia in the near future.
Matthew is the Principal of Boronia K-12 College. He has been at the school for five years and has worked at schools within the city of Knox for over a decade, both as a teacher and a leader. Matthew is driven to provide equity in education and is committed to providing opportunities for the local community.
Our vision for Boronia
Boronia is a safe, vibrant, connected and inclusive community strategically located in Melbourne’s growing eastern corridor. Nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Boronia is working towards greater local economic activity, and enhanced liveability.
- Preserve, celebrate and promote Boronia as a wonderful place to live due to its leafy, green setting among the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges
- Protect the village feel and greenery amid any structural changes through the centre.
- Attract a wider range of businesses to Boronia, focusing on its affordability, and green/leafy amenity in the Eastern Metro Region
- Promote the range of education, training and employment opportunities that link skilled workers to local (including new) businesses.
- Address perceptions that Boronia is unsafe by transforming and enlivening underutilised areas across the centre
- Promote enhanced community connectedness and encourage more people to be in the centre more often, and for longer
- Promote a feeling of safety and welcome, by ensuring people of all abilities can navigate the centre easily, and have access to the things they need
- Identify and enhance places within the town centre that can be the focal point for a civic heart (e.g., the train station).
- Uncover and showcase all the unique activity happening in Boronia, currently hidden behind main streets
- Strengthen connectivity between the train station precinct and the surrounding activity centre
- Enhance legibility, pedestrian and cycle paths throughout the centre to help people of all abilities better navigate and experience all that the Boronia centre has to offer.
Projects funded in Boronia
The project will upgrade Chandler Park lighting to the sports field to ensure both training and match activities can occur.
The current site only has two light poles instead of the necessary four to accommodate training and matches. The existing lighting level is 50% of the required level.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $150,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in mid-to-late 2024. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
Knox Infolink and partner organisations host community breakfasts five days a week, free of charge. The breakfasts are open to community members who are vulnerable, disengaged, disempowered and /or homeless. Community members will be welcomes into a friendly and inclusive environment, providing social engagement, activities and links into other support services.
This work will provide support for vulnerable people living in and around Boronia by increasing the opportunities for improved quality of life, connections to the community and access to services and support networks.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $325,673 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in mid-to-late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox Infolink.
The project will deliver community inclusion events with local businesses and services to create a way for neurodiverse people to have fuller inclusion as Boronia citizens (15.7% of children in Knox are developmentally vulnerable).
The project will deliver a selection of events for neurodivergent and autistic people and youth, in partnership with Swinburne University, and capacity building to Swinburne Uni Students by working with neurodiverse people and carers.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $50,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in mid-to-late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Different Journeys.
The project will implement a specific component of the Boronia Wayfinding and Branding Strategy. The strategy was prepared as part of the 2021/22 Boronia Revitalisation Projects as presented to the Board at its September 2022 meeting. The scope will include detailed signage design, site scoping, manufacture and installation of a defined area of pedestrian signs in the Boronia Activity Centre.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $200,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
This is a 12‐month placemaking and retail activation program that will engage traders and deliver arts, cultural and economic development projects. There will be a physical presence (shopfront) in the Boronia Activity Centre that will allow businesses to easily access advice and programs delivered across the 12-month period and allow for promotion of Boronia Revitalisation projects.
The project will deliver at least six Trader Meetings (Bi-monthly), six Event Activations, and additional projects aimed at growing visitation to Boronia and continuing to improve the visual amenity of the streetscape such as further murals etc following consultation with businesses.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $395,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
The Boronia Revitalisation Community Grant fund will support not-for-profit and community organisations to contribute to the ongoing revitalisation of Boronia.
The Community Grant program will provide grants of up to $5,000 for community organisations to buy equipment that will help the organisation to support greater social connection and participation in the Boronia community.
This is the second round of a program conducted in 2021 that successfully supported 18 not-for-profit and community organisations. The Government’s Living Local Community Grants program was inspired by the original version of this program.
This program will be administered by the Department on behalf of the Boronia Revitalisation Board, at the request of the SRB and the Council.
The first and second stage of streetscape renewal works along Erica Avenue will deliver public realm improvements through landscaping, new street furniture and paving.
The works along Erica Avenue, between Boronia Road and Chandler Road, will also enhance pedestrian and cyclist accessibility, including better connections to the Boronia Train Station. The resulting improved streetscape will create a more vibrant and pleasant public realm, providing opportunities for outdoor dining and other daytime and evening activities and in turn, improving visitation and pride of place.
The Suburban Revitalisation Program is providing $1,000,000 in funding for both stages of works, anticipated to be completed between late 2022 and early 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
The project will commission large-scale murals on sites across Boronia. The sites will be confirmed subject to successfully working with property owners. These murals will benefit local residents, traders, and visitors of Boronia. Murals not only improve the local aesthetic but are proven to be effective in preventing graffiti and increasing the community's perception of safety.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $150,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
The project will deliver beautification works and amenity improvements to Lupton Way, including a parklet, solar lighting, potential public art opportunities, painted surface treatments and improved integration with 255 and 257 Dorset Road.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $250,000 in funding for the project which is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council in late 2022.
The project will introduce creative elements and upgrade the pedestrian laneways and arcades that connect the key village retail precincts in Boronia based on the outcomes of an audit and engagement with the local community.
Benefits include enhanced pedestrian connectivity, improved perceptions of safety, business activation and increased footfall and increased engagement with local stakeholders in renewal activities in Boronia.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $150,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
500 energy inefficient lights will be upgraded to LED lights on major roads in Boronia, including the main roads within the commercial core and activity centre. This will address local concerns of poor amenity and perceptions of safety after dark, which was cited in the draft Boronia Renewal Strategy.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $100,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
My Generation will address ageism and discrimination through a range of intergenerational activities. These activities will be co-designed by stakeholders. Examples include:
- community choirs
- a teatime club
- creative arts projects
The intent is to bring together younger and older community members to enjoy together and promote healthy intergenerational relationships.
The Suburban Revitalisation Program is providing $140,000 in funding for the project and it’s anticipated to be completed late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Eastern Community Legal Centre and local partner organisations.
The program will support disadvantaged young people (7 – 17 years old) in Boronia who are at risk of disengaging from the community through a one-to-one mentoring program. Local volunteers will be engaged and trained as Mentors and paired with a young mentee, with the purpose of building positive connections by partaking in a range of relationship building activities.
By providing positive adult role models, the program will assist in addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including reducing social isolation in youth; helping to build a stronger, more inclusive community; and improving disengaged youth's chance of remaining in school and giving back to their community.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $50,000 in funding for the project and will be completed in late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia.
This project will deliver upgrades to the “look” of the Eastern Access Community Health (EACH) Boronia Road building in Boronia, through the addition of a community garden space and 24/7 food pantry, more windows to allow ‘eyes on the street’ and more amenity and natural light, as well as improved facades through the use of natural materials. Not only will this make the building more welcoming, but it will also solidify the EACH Boronia facility’s role as a community hub and support further informal and formal engagement with the local community.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $100,000 in funding for the project and will be completed in late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with EACH.
A Wayfinding and Branding Strategy was developed to address issues with movement and connectivity in the Boronia Activity Centre. When implemented, the primary aim of the strategy will be to identify and encourage walking and cycling by displaying travel times and distances between key services and destinations. These works will improve connections, as well as encouraging and supporting active transit.
The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $60,000 in funding for the project which was completed September 2022. The project was delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
The project delivered a range of peer-support programs for neurodiverse young people and their families/carers, in partnership with Swinburne University and local Boronia businesses. Benefits include local business revitalisation and community development, as well as participation and capacity building for neurodiverse young people and their families/carers.
The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $32,809 in funding for the project which was completed in August 2022. The project was delivered in partnership with Different Journeys.
This program will deliver a community grant program allowing not-for-profit and community organisations located in Boronia to apply for grants of up to $5,000. Grants can go towards the purchase of small electric appliances or technical equipment needed to support community programs and contribute to Boronia's ongoing revitalisation.
The Suburban Revitalisation Program provided $50,000 in funding for the project and it was completed by Knox City Council in June 2022.
Concept designs for the Green Spine Corridor along Genista Avenue, Chandler Road and part of Tormore Reserve will be developed. This work responds to a key priority in the Boronia Renewal Strategy and following the subsequent detailed design stage, will support the delivery of active transport connections and enhanced sustainable travel infrastructure for locals.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $120,000 in funding for the project was completed in May 2022. The project was delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
Pop-up event spaces will be created at the Boronia Mall forecourt and 'Play Park 257' (257 Dorset Road), with a program of events over a number of weekends in April and May, including a series of activities for children and families. The project will activate public spaces, increase visitation and foster community involvement.
The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $200,000 in funding for the project and Knox City Council delivered events throughout April and May 2022.
Two rounds of co-contribution grants of up to $5,000 to eligible local businesses to increase the visual appeal of their shopfronts.
More appealing shopfronts will contribute to the beautification of the activity centre, enhance amenity and increase patronage and visitation.
The Suburban Revitalisation Program provided $50,000 in funding for the first round, which was completed in May 2022. An additional $100,000 in funding was provided for the second round, which will be completed in September 2022. The project was being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.
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