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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.

You can read more about our vision for Boronia below.

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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 suburban.revitalisation@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Photo of Jackson Taylor MP smiling to the cameraJackson 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.

Photo of Susan LaukensCr 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.

Photo of Bruce DobsonBruce 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.

Photo of Denise BudgeWith 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.

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 Heather McTaggartHeather is the Hosue Manager at The Basin Community House. She has a strong commitment to social justice and equality.  She strives to create active and inclusive communities in Boronia and The Basin.

Photo of Fiona PurcellFiona 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.

Photo of Alpa PatelHaving 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.

Photo of Debbie McLaughlinDebbie 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.

Photo of Debbie WilkinsonDebbie 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.

Photo of Majella BeagleyMajella Beagley is the Business Practice Manager for Boronia Medical Centre and Boronia Psychology and also a Company Director of Cypress Health Specialist Centre.

In these roles, Majella oversees all aspects of business development and day to day management of these 3 practices.

She is a member of The Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) and was a finalist in the Victorian Practice Manager of the year in 2016. In 2020 she was recipient of the AAPM scholarship for Victoria.

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 considerations.

Photo of Tom, smiling at the cameraTom 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.

Photo of Matthew ScammellMatthew 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.

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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.

You can download a copy of our vision statement in PDF or accessible Word formats.

Our aspirations

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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).

Objectives:

  • 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 Boronia Big Flix Festival delivered three outdoor cinema nights with food trucks, atmospheric lighting and children’s activities. Local traders offered takeaway food and local suppliers were sought for event management, production, infrastructure and amenity supply. The Festival was well attended by locals and visitors alike.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $80,000 in funding for the festival. Knox City Council delivered the festival across March and April 2022.

A large crowd of people are seated on outdoor chairs, facing an outdoor cinema screen (behind photographer taking this picture)

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 is providing $50,000 in funding for the first round, which was completed in May 2022. An additional $100,000 in funding is being provided for the second round, which will be completed mid-to-late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City 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.

Pop-up events 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.

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 mid-to-late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.

A Wayfinding and Branding Strategy will be 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 is providing $60,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed mid-to-late 2022. 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 mid-to-late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.

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.

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.

Knox Infolink and partner organisations host community breakfasts 5 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 welcomed 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 $148,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed mid-to-late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox Infolink.

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 and 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 mid-to-late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Eastern Community Legal Centre and local partner organisations.

This project 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.

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 mid-to-late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Knox City Council.

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 mid-to-late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with EACH.

The project will deliver 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 is providing $32,809 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-to-late-2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Different Journeys.

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 mid-to-late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia.

Page last updated: 19/07/22