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Melton is an urban area within metropolitan Melbourne and is located 35km to the west of the CBD. With a diverse and young community, Melton is experiencing rapid growth with estimates suggesting that the population is expected to grow to over 485,000 people by 2051. Breathtaking history and heritage trails, homesteads and drystone walls and an abundance of open, green spaces and unique infrastructure contribute towards making Melton a welcoming place to live and to visit.

The Victorian Government is committed to strengthening the liveability of Melton by driving economic opportunities and the delivery of local projects. This is why Melton has been identified as a priority suburb to revitalise.

Our vision is for:

  • A place which offers economic and social opportunities for people from across the region and has a reputation for being prosperous
  • compassionate and inclusive community, which welcomes people from multicultural and diverse backgrounds
  • A community where all our residents feel safe and secure

You can read more about our vision for Melton below.

Shopping street and gardens in Melton

Melton 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 Melton 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 Steve McGhieSteve McGhie MP is the Victorian Labor Member for the Melton District & Parliamentary Secretary for Health. Steve was elected to the Parliament in 2018 and appointed Parliamentary Secretary to Health in December 2020. He previously served as the state Secretary of the Ambulance Union and believes in working with others to achieve shared outcomes.

Photo of Neal MorganNeal Morgan is the Managing Director of Morgan’s Supermarkets.  A family-owned business that employs 400 locals over the five towns of Melton (established 1971), Sunbury, Gisborne, Delahey and Glengala.

In addition to this he is a respected long-term member of the IGA Supermarket Victorian State Board and various underlying committees since 1998.

Neal is passionate about a sustainable future that enables continued employment for as many locals as possible, whilst supporting local services, infrastructure and providing a pleasant and safe shopping experience for all customers and community groups alike.

Photo of Belinda ScottBelinda is an experienced Board Director with a senior Health Sector background. Belinda's advocacy interests include being a voice for the vulnerable, ensuring economic development improves equitable access to services and facilities and improving health outcomes through partnership.  Belinda's connection to Melton is from growing up in the west and family living in the Melton area.

Photo of Michael LimMichael Lim is a Western Metropolitan Partnership member and is a local westie. Michael's work focuses on partnering with local young people with diverse lived experiences to design and develop solutions to complex social challenges.

Photo of John Garang KonJohn  Garang Kon is a Lawyer and a Leader of the South Sudanese Community in Melton. The organisation advocates on behalf of the community, provides awareness, liaise and collaboratively works with the local organisations to ensure equal access to services.

John is also the Founder of African Australian Legal Service (AALS). The organisation was established in 2021 to address the over-representation of African young people  in the criminal justice system. Its mission is to improve access to justice for all members of the African Community by providing legal advice and advocacy, empowering individuals and groups through community education.

Photo of Trish HeffernanTrish Heffernan is the Chief Executive Officer of Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services, a  Melton based not for profit community organisation, providing  high quality education, training, employment and youth programs in the western suburbs of Melbourne.   Trish has qualifications in business, education and science and is experienced in governance, risk management, strategic planning, project management and policy development.

Photo of Karen Dodd at deskKaren Dodd is the Dean of the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University. Victoria University is a world class dual sector public university set up to provide high quality education, training and research for the benefit of people living and working in the western suburbs of Melbourne.   Karen has qualifications in health, business, education and science and is experienced in governance, strategic planning, project management and policy development.

Karen’s connection to Melton is from growing up and living in the west and having family living in the Melton area.

A A sunny day in Melton - this picture features public sunbeds in a park under large trees. A tall sculpture of a horse stands nearby.

Our vision for Melton

We're creating a community where our residents feel proud to live and creating an attractive environment that people want to visit.

  • A place which offers economic and social opportunities for people from across the region and has a reputation for being prosperous
  • compassionate and inclusive community, which welcomes people from multicultural and diverse backgrounds
  • A community where all our residents feel safe and secure
  1. Apply the diversity lens to all work, initiatives and investments we make to reflect the diverse nature of the people in our community
  2. Leverage our existing assets and open spaces to remind people of the value of living in Melton
  3. Prioritise the safety, trust and sense of community of all of our residents
  4. Create an environment in our commercial hubs that encourage both the growth of local business and attracts people to the area
  5. We also recognise that there are limitations to what we can influence as a board and are therefore committed to work with other
    groups to achieve change together. We have set three objectives to guide how we leverage partnerships to support women and multicultural communities:

  6. Advocate for social procurement practices in construction and maintenance, appropriate support services in the community, and inclusive employment practices
  7. Enable organisations to provide sufficient and quality access to educational and skills-building opportunities and pathways
  8. Advocate for relevant and ongoing support services for vulnerable groups, particularly those experiencing homelessness

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

Our theory of change

To deliver upon our vision, we’ve identified a series of changes that we plan to make in order to create a safe, vibrant and accessible community.

We believe that these changes, illustrated below, are complementary and interrelated. By driving these changes, we can create a liveable and compassionate community.

Diagram  The words 'A compassionate community' and 'A liveable city' encircle key objectives - innovative infrastructure, safety, thriving local businesses, diversity and thriving individuals.

In the longer-term, we believe that by focusing on striving to meet the needs of the community, and ensuring we are pulling the levers around growing local business, preserving the environment and investing in infrastructure, we can:

  • Create a compassionate community where people from different backgrounds interact and share stories
  • Create a liveable city which makes you proud and where people visit to enjoy themselves and have fun

We explore these changes in greater depth below.

First and foremost, we want all Melton residents to thrive, regardless of their background, culture, identity or social circumstance.

  • All individuals treat each other with compassion and respect
  • People feel physically and emotionally safe in public spaces
  • Melton residents are able to access a community ‘experience’
  • Residents have easy access to the services they need
  • Residents are proud of, and celebrate, the diversity in their communities

We are setting out to create a city that delivers all of the services you need.

We want to create a city where you feel safe, where we celebrate the diversity of our communities and where everyone is treated with compassion and respect.

Secondly, we will pull upon a range of levers to:

  • Create an environment that is conducive to the establishment and growth of small businesses across different sectors
  • Make investment decisions that also take into account their potential to grow our environmental footprint
  • Apply a ‘diversity’ lens to everything we do and ensuring the safety of our residents is front-of-mind
  • Individuals looking to start new businesses are better supported
  • Local businesses become more diversified
  • Businesses are supported to take greater ownership of their role in the community including focusing on driving social change and employing more young people
  • Businesses supported to provide inclusive services and leisure opportunities in the High street, or in designated ‘hubs’
  • Melton has an improved perception of safety among the wider Melbourne community
  • Anti-social behaviour (especially amongst young people) is reduced
  • Services and public spaces in Melton are culturally appropriate
  • Greater recognition of First Nations People
  • Sustainable living (renewable energy, waste) with savings reinvested in the community
  • Natural features of Melton: wide spaces, parks and garden fully utilised
  • Melton is known for investment in innovative infrastructure eg. cycle tracks

Projects funded in Melton

This project provides grant funding for local businesses to facelift their shop fronts.
This work will undertaken by working with a retail specialist to assist traders with practical advice and support to improve the appearance of their shop fronts.
This project will also provide training for local traders in visual merchandising, social media and e-commerce. This will ultimately continue the improvement of the physical and visual appearance and appeal of the precinct - driving increased visitation.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $285,000 in funding for grants to be awarded across three rounds - concluding in late 2022.

Upgrades are being made to the Victorian Government owned café building, which is a local landmark of heritage value. Works will include additional dining space indoors, a new outdoor dining area and upgrades to the kitchen.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $200,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

A pop-up park will be created in Wallace Square, providing a casual meeting and social space for the general public and the Primary School community. The park will include a garden, furniture, pathway and shading.

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

A bookable retail space will be created through the installation of purpose-built street side infrastructure (eg, shipping container or similar).  This will enable Melton City Council's Hot House Project to support new enterprises from start-up stage to the set-up of retail businesses.  The project will involve the design, installation and fitting of the retail space; branding and marketing; leasing, programming and mentoring.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $95,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid 2022.

A marketing and branding specialist will be engaged to develop a place-based marketing campaign with an identity and brand proposition for the Melton Town Centre (MTC), supported by a marketing campaign. This will include engaging traders and the community to identify the unique features of the centre to inform a refresh of the MTC branding. This project will see updated branding that can be applied in shop front installations and other physical treatments throughout the precinct to create a consistent sense of place, along with a dedicated digital marketing campaign to increase visitation and instil a strong, recognisable and inviting brand.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $40,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid 2022.

An active trader group will be established for the Melton Town Centre. The Trader group will assist in the communication of shop front activations, support Melton Town Centre marketing and ongoing collaboration in order to increase visitation to the precinct.  To support this work, a video production company will be engaged to capture and share trader's stories. This will tie into the visitation marketing campaign (place-based brand program) of the MTC.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $30,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid 2022.

Outdoor dining facilities will be installed to encourage visitation and time spent in the precinct.  The project will include the installation of seating, furniture and festoon lighting (festive-style string lights).   The project will be linked to the installation of a pop-up park in Wallace Square in the Melton Town Centre to further enhance the outdoor dining facilities, increasing business activity and social gatherings.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $200,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

A program of events and activations for the Melton Town Centre will be developed to increase visitation and the amount of time people spend in the centre. This will also celebrate the Melton Town Centre. Activations and events include annual events, summer performances, roving kids entertainment on weekends, seasonal markets; and educational talks.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $100,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Building on the recently funded Melton Town Centre branding project, this project will develop a new 'Buy Local' Campaign. Work will involve engaging local businesses to develop offers and how the campaign will be rolled out.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $100,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Works will include cycling facilities; a bike maintenance station, wayfinding signage and artwork as a form of traffic calming.  The project will also involve addressing gaps with disability access and pram crossings. This will increase foot traffic and cycling to the precinct while reducing vehicle numbers, thereby encouraging and facilitating sustainable transport. The works will also increase visitation and time spent in Melton.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $300,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

A small-scale kids' playground will be installed in the precinct to attract families, increase dwell time, encourage positive social interactions and increase visition to local businesses. Additional seating and picnic benches near the play equipment will be installed for family groups and for hospitality activity. The priority site is adjacent the Courthouse Café.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $300,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

A long term Revitalisation Plan for the Melton Town Centre (MTC) will be developed, identifying the short, medium and long-term interventions that will transform the MTC into a vibrant, active space that enjoys strong visitation, sustainable economic uplift and welcoming spaces. The plan will explore factors including transport, connectivity, public realms, the mix of retail, businesses and hospitality offerings, and planning mechanisms to facilitate development that will draw more people to the precinct. This will include encouraging residential development within, and adjacent to, the centre.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $200,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

The project will identify sub-precincts that could be formed within the Town Centre. This would involve identifying business clusters, target audiences for the sub-precincts and potential space activations, events, art installations, a palette of materials for future works and an overall precinct action plan. The creation of sub-precincts is intended to create varied identities within the Town Centre - increasing interest, visitation and dwell time. Short-term actions to progress the establishment of sub-precincts will be identified as part of this work. The project outcomes will inform Council's capital works program and private sector property improvements.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $35,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed mid 2022.

YLAB, a co-design and consulting social enterprise is creating a targeted employment program for young people aged 18 - 29 years old experiencing unemployment in Melton.

Employment policies related to recruitment, retention and training are being co-designed with Job Active (Job Prospects), Arc Blue, local employers and local young people. This work will deliver a tailored, place-based employment model that will deliver jobs for 15-20 young people in the Melton Town Centre.

The Melton Revitalisation Board is contributing $150,000 towards the project, delivered in partnership with YLAB. It’s anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Young people (18 to 29 years of age) will enhance their connections in the local communities of Melton. Through a co-design process, YLAB, a co-design and consulting social enterprise, will explore the experiences of young people and the needs of local community members to create up to four youth-led initiatives.

YLAB is delivering the project, made possible with a $60,000 contribution by the Melton Revitalisation Board. It’s anticipated that the youth-led initiatives will be operating in late 2022.

As many as six activities and installations will be delivered by Melton City Council in the town centre. Themes explored in the works will include intercultural cohesion; increasing physical activity and active transport; preventing family violence; lifelong learning; building civic pride; service awareness and access; reconciliation; improving social connection.

It’s intended that the activations will foster curiosity and discussion, while also connecting locals to services in Melton’s town centre.

The Melton Revitalisation Board has contributed $60,000 to the project which will be delivered by Melton City Council across 2022.

An Accessibility Specialist will audit up to 50 businesses to identify where accessibility can be improved. Local businesses can apply to participate in the program, with 50 audits funded. This work will inform a grant program to support improvements to businesses.

This work will improve access for people of all abilities to visit traders and service providers in Melton.

$75,000 in funding is provided by the Melton Revitalisation Board and the Melton City Council will deliver the project in late 2022.

Melton City Council will deliver works to improve the visual amenity of the Melton Town Centre. Works will include the planting of advanced trees, the creation of new garden beds, new paving and street furniture. This will increase the greenery of the area, create tree canopies and improve the usability of selected areas of High Street, McKenzie Street and Unitt Street in the town centre.

The Melton Suburban Revitalisation Board is contributing $370,000 to the project, which Melton City Council will deliver in late 2022.

Page last updated: 18/05/22