Noble Park has been identified as a priority revitalisation site. This will leverage recent growth and capitalise on new infrastructure to unlock Noble Park’s full potential and attract additional investment, speeding up the social and economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
Noble Park has a long and proud history and a bright future – boasting one of the most culturally diverse populations in Australia.
Just 25km south-east of Melbourne CBD in the City of Greater Dandenong, Noble Park is serviced by the Pakenham and Cranbourne train lines, several bus routes and the Monash Freeway and Princes Highway.
The area is home to about 30% of Victoria’s asylum seekers with Noble Park and surrounding suburbs often a first point of settlement. Noble Park has retained its much-loved village style character, while also seeing substantial investment and growth over recent years.
Recent investments in the area include the new train station and level crossing removal, seeing a new link road connecting two main shopping strips (previously divided by the train line), and a significant investment into Ross Reserve with a new skate park, aquatic centre, sports pavilion, synthetic soccer pitch and an all-abilities playground with Australian-first play equipment.
We're committed to a safe, vibrant and accessible community, which is set up to support future generations.
Noble Park 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 Noble Park 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.
State Member of Parliament for South Eastern Metropolitan Region since April 2020, Lee was also elected to represent this electorate from 2010-2014. In the intervening years Lee served as a Senior Adviser to the Hon. Gavin Jennings MP, Leader of the Government (Legislative Council), Special Minister of State, Minister for Priority Precincts & Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
Lee lives in Noble Park and grew up and undertook his schooling in the Noble Park and Keysborough areas. He's been active and dedicated to his local community from a very young age - establishing, working with and mentoring various community groups, organisations and individuals.
Lee received the Order of Australia Medal in 2018 for service to the people and Parliament of Victoria and has been a Justice of the Peace since 1999.
Jim is a proud Dandenong resident of more than 40 years. He was first elected to Council in 2005 driven by his desire to change perceptions of Dandenong. During his time on Council he’s been involved in a number of key milestones for the city. He’s most proud of the Dandenong Civic Centre (completed in 2014) and the Springvale Community Hub (completed in 2020). He remains committed to achieving the best possible results for everyone who lives and works in this city and has served as a councillor from 2005-present.
John has been CEO of Greater Dandenong City Council since 2006. He was previously CEO of Manningham City Council. He is a past Chair of the Southern Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee; past President of LGPro; and past National President of Local Government Managers Australia. John is presently a non-executive Director of MAV Insurance; a non-executive Director of Chisholm Institute; Deputy Board Chair of MannaCare Inc.; and, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Templestowe.
Roz Blades AM served the Greater Dandenong community as a Councillor for more than 25 years, having been elected in 1987 to the City of Springvale, and Mayor in 1991. Roz was re-elected to Greater Dandenong Council in 1997 before retiring in 2019.
Cr Roz Blades AM has been a resident of Noble Park since 1970 and raised her 3 sons in the area. Having migrated to Noble Park at the age of 20, Roz devoted her time to promoting a vibrant, welcoming and connected community. Roz has long been one of Noble Park’s best champions, promoting its diversity, multiculturalism and strength.
Roz is now the Vice President of the Noble Park Community Centre.
Claire Gregory first started working at Chisholm in 2016 after many years of teaching English to overseas students. At Chisholm, Claire originally taught literacy and numeracy to early school leavers and mature age students before moving into the role of Education Manager in the English Language Studies program area. In particular supporting the delivery of the Adult Migrant English Program across southeast Melbourne. Claire’s role has included working to support AMEP delivery at community centres across the southeast region, helping to coordinate a volunteer program in AMEP classes, and facilitating settlement focussed presentations and workshops by various community organisations and Local, State and Federal Government agencies.
Jayne is passionate about improving social and economic outcomes for residents of the community and has over 15 years of experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance functions within the public sector.
Jayne is a member of the senior management team at AMES Australia, a state government entity which plays a role in successfully settling new arrivals with their broad range of settlement, English language and employment services.
Jayne is a CPA and a Chartered Accountant and holds tertiary and post-graduate qualifications in Banking and Finance and in Business Administration.
Andrew is CEO of the South East LLEN and Deputy Chair of the Southern Metropolitan Partnership. Andrew has worked in the Noble Park region for the last 12 years and has 30 years’ experience in the fields of youth, education and employment.
- A community that has pride in its history, celebrates its diversity and is hopeful about its future
- A community where all people have access to quality education and meaningful employment opportunities to set them up for their future
- A connected community where everyone feels safe and welcome, and old and young have opportunities to interact
- A community that is equipped to meet the changing needs of its residents into the future
- Create an environment in the centre that encourages both the growth of local business and attracts people to the area
- Prioritise the safety, trust and sense of community of all of our residents
- Focus our work, initiatives and investments to be inclusive and reflective of the many different people in our community and celebrate this diversity
- Build a ‘green’ and environmentally sustainable Noble Park to the point that we are seen as a leader in this space
- Focus on closing the ‘digital divide’ amongst our residents to ensure everyone is able to access the same opportunities
- To advocate for relevant and ongoing support services for all residents, but with a particular focus on vulnerable women and families
- To work with industry players, local business and community organisations to drive employment opportunities for Noble Park’s most vulnerable residents, particularly women
We will strive to engage young people in the design, implementation and ongoing delivery of initiatives that impact them. We are also committed to working in strategic partnership with key organisations to drive changes that we cannot develop or implement on our own. More specifically, we will set out:
Our theory of change
Our theory of change articulates our vision in a series of eight outcomes, explored below.
Our investment decisions are made in alignment with our vision and in contribution to these four outcomes:
Community members have greater awareness of local businesses, what they offer and the quality of their offerings
Local businesses are able to thrive
Businesses are able to collaborate and agree on a set of shared priorities to take forward (e.g. through a Traders Group)
Businesses take greater ownership of their role in the community including:
- adapting their business models to be more inclusive and accessible
- focusing on driving social change e.g. through social enterprise
There are more core support services within Noble Park and families are able to access them
The centre provides a community ‘experience’ to its residents with a focus on providing inclusive services and leisure opportunities
There is an increased sense of community connectedness, especially with people from different backgrounds interacting (e.g. old & young; different cultural groups)
People feel physically safe in public spaces and have an improved perception of safety
Services and public spaces in Noble Park are culturally appropriate
Residents are proud of, and celebrate, the cultural diversity in their communities
All individuals feel accepted in the community and have a sense of belonging
We strive to go further than this, and have also established two outcomes that will position Noble Park as a place of innovation and environmental consciousness:
Residents have greater access to essential digital services e.g. free Wi-Fi
Noble Park is a ‘digital village’ – e.g. leveraging data to learn about service usage; people’s movements; gaps in business
There are improved greenery and streetscapes
Renewable energy is increasingly leveraged to power more services, buildings etc.
Noble Park is a demonstration village – showcasing cutting-edge environmental initiatives e.g. community batteries; 100% renewable energies
We are committed to supporting women and young people, two groups of community members that we’ve identified as being the most vulnerable. We commit to outcomes that include:
Young people have a sense of ownership in their community and its direction
Young people are more involved in decision making about the services set up to support them
Young people feel valued in the community
Women can safely access the services they need
Women are supported to seek flexible employment opportunities
Pictured is Premier Daniel Andrews, Noble Park Revitalisaiton Board Chair Lee Tarlamis OAM MP, 2021 City of Greater Dandenong Mayor Cr Angela Long, board and community members at the opening of the All Abilities Playground in November 2021.
Projects funded in Noble Park
Stage 1B of the All Abilities Playground delivered additional play elements, nine seats, two picnic tables and other supporting infrastructure to the All Abilities Playground.
The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $190,000 in funding for the project which was completed in November 2021. This stage of works complements the initial investment of $2 million from Sports and Recreation Victoria to establish the All Abilities Playground.
Pictured below is 2021 City of Greater Dandenong Mayor Cr Angela Long at the opening of the All Abilities Playground in November 2021.
The streetscape improvements will support business activity and visitor attraction to the Noble Park Activity centre while building on the centre's sense of community spirit and much-loved village character. The project will improve the main street’s footpaths, provide safer vehicle and pedestrian crossings at the newly created intersection at Leonard Ave, Link Road and Douglas Street as a result of the level crossing removal project. It will increase the number of street trees, public seating options, landscaping, public lighting and provide traffic management thresholds to better support safe pedestrian movement.
The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $310,000 in funding for the project which was completed in December 2021.
This project involves preliminary site preparation of the land abutting the Uniting Church at 2A Frank Street and its redevelopment into one of Noble Park's newest open public spaces. The redevelopment will support business activity and visitor attraction to Noble Park Activity Centre while building on the centre’s sense of community spirit and much-loved village character. It will provide a much-needed green corridor connection between Ross Reserve, Aubrey Moss Memorial Gardens and Copas Park. Project works will include landscaping, shade structures, tables and chairs and a performance platform. The newly created pocket park will provide the community with a place to rest, enjoy activities and somewhere to eat publicly.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $425,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.
Works to upgrade the Ian Street streetscape follow the recently completed design review for the street. The project addresses changes in land use as a result of the level crossing removal project, including the new Link Road and intersection at Ian St and Mons Parade. The redesign of Ian Street also addresses the undergrounding of overhead power lines, new public lighting to improve night-time amenity, an increase in the number of trees and threshold treatments at the Heatherton Road and Mons Parade intersections. Street furniture and new surface treatments will refresh and renew Ian Street.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $680,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.
In Partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong, a youth committee will be established to work alongside the Noble Park Revitalisation Board to identify the key challenges experienced by young people in the suburb. A series of workshops will be held where the group will explore new youth projects wile gaining valuable leadership skills.
The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $4,400 in funding, alongside an in-kind contribution of $15,954 from the City of Greater Dandenong. The engagement was completed in late 2021.
Deliver a garden, designed and managed by community, as a pilot project for a broader aim of creating an environmental sustainability precinct within the open spaces at AMES Noble Park.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $74,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
The City of Greater Dandenong will hold 10 skateboarding masterclasses for young people aged 12-25 of all skill levels, delivered in partnership with Shredability (a skatepark events and coaching organisation providing skateboard experiences facilitated by role models).
The free masterclasses seek to increase positive social activities for young people and create activity in the Noble Park Skate Park. Each class will run for 1 hour and be attended by up to 10 young people. Two sessions will be provided weekly for five weeks, and will accommodate beginner and intermediate participants.
A kit of key skateboard gear will be provided to ensure young people can continue to enjoy skateboarding beyond the masterclasses with confidence at the skatepark. The kit will consist of a new entry-level skateboard and pads.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $15,200 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
Four free soccer clinics (2hrs per clinic) will be delivered by the City of Greater Dandenong in partnership with Melbourne City Soccer Club. Participants of all skill levels will be welcomed. The clinics are primarily aimed at young people aged 12-25. The program plans to attract approximately 60 participants in total.
The clinics are intended to engage young people in positive social activities while increasing physical activity, participation in public space, reconnecting young people to their local community and creating pathways into local soccer clubs.
A start up kit of a soccer ball, water bottle and shin guards will be provided to participants, ensuring the cost of these aren’t a barrier to participation.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $11,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
Yoga sessions will be run twice a week for 6 weeks at Ross Reserve in Noble Park by the City of Greater Dandenong in Partnership with YMCA.
The program will be open to everyone, but has been designed with the participation of local women in mind. The program’s intent is to reduce barriers to women accessing health and wellbeing opportunities and services. It’ll also provide a new opportunity for women to create meaningful social connections locally.
The program will have capacity for 120 participants across the sessions and will run through the summer period in line with daylight savings.
A start up kit of a non-slip yoga mat, pad brick, stretch band and towel will be provided to participants, ensuring the cost of these aren’t a barrier to participation.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $13,400 in funding for the project and the classes will run between April and June 2022.
Three temporary public art projects will be delivered by artists commissioned by the City of Greater Dandenong, in the Noble Park activity centre, each up to the value of $10,000.
Artists will create pedestrian-friendly environments between key destinations within Noble Park. The artworks will be created using a range of mediums and materials, with a lifespan of up to 2 years. Examples of spaces which will be transformed include major arrival points, laneways, vacant spaces and undervalued places.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $75,600 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
The City of Greater Dandenong will add colour and vibrancy to the street of Noble Park’s activity centre with two decorative seasonal crate displays. The crates form a base from which sculptural inserts are installed. Pictured below are Christmas themed display installed in 2021.
The seasonal series of new inserts will incorporate a spring and autumn theme and comprise 5 inserts into a fixed base. The seasonal inserts will be fabricated to endure outdoor use for 12-week intervals over 5 years.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $22,250 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
Three interpretive signs will be created for significant places and stories associated with the history and evolution of the Noble Park activity centre. Interpretive signs provide photos and text to educate audiences.
The signs will create a connected trail across three sites:
- Copas Park story with rose garden
- J.C Mills and Park
- Noble Park Public
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $26,500 in funding for the project, to be delivered by the City of Greater Dandenong, which is anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
The City of Greater Dandenong will plant 50 new trees, in line with the council’s tree planting plan, with the intent of addressing heat island effects and increasing canopy coverage over the next ten years.
The program will deliver underground service assessments, soil preparation, tree species selection and planting of up to 50 trees in the Noble Park activity centre. Noble Park’s entire activity centre is registered as a thermal hotspot because of the highly urbanised and densified nature of the area. This project will greatly increase the tree canopy area.
The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $50,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
New street tress, garden bed plantings and bench seat, all installed and planted as part of the 2021 Douglas Streetscape improvements.
New garden beds and tree plantings on Douglas Street
Noble Park Community Centre’s programs will be expanded to increase participation and social connection within the local community. Programs to be delivered include capacity-building art and gardening workshops, pop-up outdoor events, art exhibitions for public enjoyment, an Artist in Residencies opportunity, and the development and delivery of indoor Family Fun Days for people of all ages and abilities. A social media campaign will also be developed to support the program of activities.
The Noble Park Revitalisation Board is providing $46,000 in funding for the project, which is being delivered in partnership with the Noble Park Community Centre. Activities will run until July 2022.
The Noble Park Revitalisation Board is contributing $50,000 to support the development of a business plan for the next five years of the Noble Park Community Centre (NPCC).
In Partnership with the NPCC and the City of Greater Dandenong, stakeholders will be engaged to inform a blueprint that will include:
- Determining community needs and demand for services, identifying any gaps
- Examining the economic suitability of the NPCC
- Developing a five-year plan that includes future building requirements and needs, and building maintenance
It’s anticipated the Blueprint will be delivered in mid-2022.
Improvements to the Noble Park Community Centre building will be delivered to ensure the centre can continue to serve the needs of the local community. The works will also modernise the centre’s facilities to work into the broader Ross Reserve Master plan.
The Noble Park Revitalisation Board is contributing $184,000 to the project with co-contributions from the City of Greater Dandenong and the Noble Park Community Centre. It’s anticipated the works will be delivered in mid-2022.
The City of Greater Dandenong will develop a feasibility study for the development of a library lounge at the Paddy O’Donoghue centre. The study will provide detail on the design, operational cost implications, probable project costs for building alternations and timeframes to deliver the space. An architect, structural engineer, site surveyor and an estimator will be engaged to produce the study.
The Noble Park Revitalisation Board is contributing $50,000 and it’s anticipated the study will be completed in mid-2022.
The City of Greater Dandenong will engage with an urban and/or landscape designer and other contractors to undertake site and feature surveys, consult with local community members and develop detailed designs for new streetscapes.
The design work will seek to revitalise the street for local traders, including a refresh of footpath frontages on Leonard Avenue and Buckley Street.
The design’s completion will make the works shovel-ready. It will visually align the streetscape with recent works completed in Douglas and Ian streets.
The Noble Park Revitalisation Board is contributing $100,000 to the project, and it’s anticipated the designs will be completed in mid-2022.
Five pedestrian counting devices will be installed by the City of Greater Dandenong in key locations across the Noble Park activity centre.
The data collected will provide insights on footfall and pedestrian activity. Examples include real time statistics on when the centre becomes busy, the gender distribution of visitors and the number of children walking through the area.
The Noble Park Revitalisation Board is contributing $20,000 towards the project, and it’s anticipated that the counters will be installed by mid-2022.
The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce will establish the Noble Park Retailer’s Hub to support local retailers and, working with a youth employment services provider, connect local young people into employment opportunities.
It’s intended that the Hub will:
- Strengthen the networks of retailers in Noble Park, including membership to the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce
- Provide business training to support retailers, following consultations to identify their unique needs
- Engage with young people in Noble Park to provide career counselling support and connections to local businesses and career opportunities
The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce is delivering the program, which has been made possible with $10,000 in funding from the Noble Park Revitalisation Board. This project will deliver activities through the course of early-to-mid 2022.
The Noble Park Big Day Out was an all-ages festival featuring a range of free activities and outdoor workshops for the young and old, set in the Ross Reserve precinct.
Held on Saturday 26 March 2022, the event celebrated Noble Park's rich diversity and offered an array of cultural foods and performances.
The Noble Park Youth Committee worked alongside the City of Greater Dandenong to plan and deliver the event, including the production of communications materials to inform residents, traders and prospective attendees. The Noble Park Revitalisation Board contributed $42,850 towards the event.
This project is a 6-month pilot of community-based tutoring and study support. Delivered one night per week during school terms, 'Students Connect' will offer learning support for young people aged 12-20, alongside practical workshops which aid young people’s uptake of education, training, voluntary, and employment support opportunities.
The project model also features pro-social recreational activities to be provided in-kind by Youth and Family Services to foster increased socialisation and encourage connectivity for isolated or newly arrived young people.
The Noble Park Youth Committee and the City of Greater Dandenong are working together to deliver the pilot, which the Noble Park Revitalisation Board has contributed $21,850 towards. This pilot is operating through to mid-2022.
Page last updated: 09/09/22