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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.

Our vision for Lilydale is a vibrant community to live well, learn and thrive. A diverse and inclusive place for everyone!

You can read more about our vision for Lilydale, and our key objectives to deliver it, below.

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

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 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 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.

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 is given consideration.

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.

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Our vision for Lilydale

A vibrant community to live well, learn and thrive. A diverse and inclusive place for everyone!

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

Key themes in our vision for Lilydale

Objectives

  • Encourage a civic heart and well-defined precincts focused on health, education, retail and hospitality
  • Build a wayfinding system focused on each precinct’s role/function, using landmarks and creating a sense of differentiation between places
  • Provide active transport links between Lilydale’s various precincts, connecting people to jobs and services

Objectives

  • Provide regional-scale health and education services, to promote local living
  • Provide diverse employment opportunities for all
  • Work with Box Hill Institute, health and education services to create a pipeline between education and local jobs
  • Expand diverse employment and vocational training opportunities

Objectives

  • Support local businesses to grow, and connect into local networks and regional supply chains
  • Provide access for businesses to innovation through strong partnerships with Box Hill Institute and other local agencies
  • Provide access for businesses in Lilydale to a highly skilled workforce that is well connected to them via public and active transport links
  • Leverage local knowledge, build partnerships between businesses and anchor institutions/major employers, strengthening local supply chains
  • Work with landowners and local businesses to incentivize re-investment in buildings, connecting to incentives and funding support

Objectives

  • Establish Lilydale’s identity as a ‘place to breathe on the edge of the city,’ with access to local produce in a landscape setting
  • Promote connections and wayfinding throughout Lilydale’s town centre and into the Yarra Valley (e.g., via the Warburton trail) that enhances and builds on the town’s country feel
  • Offer high quality public realm and open spaces throughout the town centre to attract people and promote vibrancy

Projects funded in Lilydale

The Lilydale Main Street (Maroondah Hwy) bridge does not have a footpath on the north side, creating a barrier between the two halves of the main street.  This project will introduce a footpath to connect more directly the existing footpath on the east and future footpath on the north-east bank of the Olinda Creek. The scope also includes a path, a feature stone wall and the relocation of seating benches, bin enclosures and a power pole.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $60,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in mid-to-late 2024. The project is being delivered in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council.

The project seeks to build on the Lilydale Wayfinding Strategy project currently underway. The strategy provides the framework for the design and delivery of town centre information through a suite of high-quality signage aligned to the recommendations of the strategy. This project involves the manufacture and installation of a set of signs, maps and other wayfinding tools that will improve the navigation and interpretation experience of the town centre.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $105,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2024. The project is being delivered in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council.

This project includes the development of an Investment Prospectus that will seek to attract investment for key development sites and underdeveloped strategic locations that work towards the Lilydale vision in the recently adopted Lilydale Structure Plan.

It aligns closely with a key action in the Yarra Ranges Draft Economic Development Strategy currently on public exhibition.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $50,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council.

The project intends to respond to the community vision established in the Lilydale Place Plan by investigating site feasibility, developing a precinct design framework, cost estimates and delivery priorities for community infrastructure and public spaces that will provide a community heart in Lilydale.

The scope includes a site investigation, a 3D digital twin for the precinct (DELWP integration), a precinct design framework, architectural test concepts for individual components and quantity surveyor cost estimates.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $255,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council.

This project will deliver a series of community inclusion and development events in partnership with local business and services to support neurodiverse people, their family members and carers to participate in Lilydale community services and cultural, recreational and educational activities.

The program will create local jobs and local skill development including recruiting, training and mentoring carers, plus offer training and consultancy supports to businesses within Lilydale in meeting the needs of the neurodiverse community.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $94,648 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Different Journeys.

Yarra Ranges Tourism has a range of digital tourism information kiosks across the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. This project involves the installation of one of these displays adjacent to the heritage railway station, and the installation of a kiosk supplied by Yarra Ranges Tourism with a pad footing and electrical/comms connections.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $7,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in mid-to-late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council.

This project builds on the recent health needs assessment undertaken by the Board that has broadly identified the health needs of the local community. This project will deliver a comprehensive plan to meet the future health needs of the growing population of Lilydale, which is informed by data analysis, lived experience, health expertise and a shared vision.

The plan will identify the volume, nature and mix of health and related services required into the future, which will enable health service providers deliver new, connected and innovative services, utilising best-practice and a collaborative approach to health and wellbeing.

It will provide a roadmap for future health service development that will best meet the health needs of the residents of Lilydale and surrounds.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $180,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in mid-to-late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Eastern Health.

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 and it is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

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 $165,000 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 it 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 $230,000 in funding for the project and it 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 it is anticipated to be completed in late 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 it is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

The project will undertake an audit of existing signage within Lilydale and develop a consolidated wayfinding strategy.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided over $230,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

This project will establish baseline requirements and test ideas to help facilitate a successful community focused service from the building.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $170,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

A steering committee of Aboriginal and young people will identify and collate both historical and contemporary stories of the Lilydale area, communicating principles of self-determination.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $110,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

The Club's boat storage shed will be extended to accommodate growing participant numbers.  Upgrades will also be made to create a safe path of travel for members to move their boats from the shed to the launching ramp.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $150,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed in early 2023.

Diverse community members will share their stories in their own voices through a series of events designed to foster conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. Participants will receive training and support as part of the project.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $55,000 in funding for the project which was completed in September 2022. The project was delivered in partnership with Eastern Community Legal Centre.

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 was completed in April 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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Page last updated: 09/01/23