Reservoir's main street - showing pedestrians, cars and the new train station.

Reservoir is one of Melbourne’s largest suburbs, located 12km north of the Melbourne CBD and within the City of Darebin. Its socially and culturally diverse community, together with its residents’ strong sense of community and pride, are some of Reservoir’s greatest strengths.

The new award-winning train station, part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, as well as other public transport links, connect residents and visitors to Reservoir’s established main street precinct, well-loved recreational and leisure destinations and diverse residential neighbourhoods.

Our vision is that Reservoir honours its cultural tapestry; inclusive, friendly and with heart.

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

Reservoir station, a tall silver building which is about three stories tall. The raised train line passes through the station, where at the top floor is the platform.

Reservoir 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 Reservoir 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 Robin Scott MPRobin Scott was born and raised in the northern suburbs and lives in Reservoir. He has represented Preston District – which takes in the suburbs of Preston and Reservoir – since 2006.

Robin has a life-long commitment to social justice and equity and is a long-term member of the Australian Labor Party. He has held many administrative and leadership positions within the party over the years.

Photo of Cr Lina MessinaMayor Lina Messina has been a councillor in Darebin since 2016 and was elected Mayor in 2020.  She is passionate about what makes Darebin a great place to live; its diversity, its neighbourhoods and most importantly, its people. She is deeply invested in community sports, multiculturalism, creating a circular waste economy and addressing environmental, social and economic concerns.  Mayor Messina has a professional background in the aged care sector and is passionate about celebrating Darebin’s rich culture and heritage as this underpins the community's identity.

Photo of Dr DiLorenzoDr Nerina Di Lorenzo is the Managing Director at Melbourne Water, providing essential water, sewerage, waterways, drainage and recycled water services to the Greater Melbourne Region. She has over 21 years of experience in senior leadership roles, including almost five years as CEO of Moreland City Council.

Her roles have spanned the areas of Asset Management, Infrastructure Operations, Project Delivery and Business Improvement. Prior to this, she held roles in the oil industry working on the oil rigs in Bass Strait. Nerina has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Business and a PhD centring on the topic of organisational change management.

Photo of Claire LaydenClaire Layden is a member of East Reservoir Neighbours for Change. Claire's background is in community development, working internationally to support organisations in strategic planning and program evaluation. Claire co-manages a local sustainable building business.

Photo of Terry Larkins PSM OAMTerry OAM PSM is an experienced leader and practitioner in local government and community development sectors. He has held a wide range of roles in both the development of the community and the commercial outcomes in Australia and overseas in Papua New Guinea. Terry was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 1995 for Outstanding Public Service to Local Government.

Photo of Angie DavidsonAngie is the Executive Officer at the Reservoir Neighbourhood House. She has taken the Reservoir Neighbourhood House from an auspicing model to being an independent registered charity. She has a long history in community development and engagement. She believes in cohesion, inclusion and promoting a strong positive culture within the workplace and community where people feel valued, engaged and have continual opportunities to have their say and determine their community life.

Photo of Paddy McVeighPaddy McVeigh has been the Executive Officer at PRACE for over 10 years.

Having worked in the community services and education and training sectors for the last 35 years, Paddy has extensive management experience and knowledge related to both community services and education in a not-for-profit environment.

Photo of Kent BurgessKent brings over 15 years of senior leadership experience within the health and community sectors. He is the CEO at Your Community Health and local resident of Darebin. Kent brings expertise in community health and development, population health, social connectedness, community engagement and vulnerable communities.

Photo of Penelope JamiesonPenny Jamieson is Principal for Meandah P/L and has 27-years specialty and experience in the field of managing, consulting and marketing Melbourne's Main Street precincts. Penny has a long-standing relationship with Reservoir Village as their Centre Manager for over 20 years.

Photo of Andrew McNeilWith over 25 years of experience in schools in rural, regional and suburban settings, in both Australia and the UK, Andrew is passionate about supporting students to both achieve at their best, and to be active participants in their communities.

Photo of Ashley McInnesAshley is a Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Management executive at La Trobe University with extensive experience across the economic, education, justice and health sectors. He is a current board member of NORTH Link and the Victorian Government’s Northern Metropolitan Partnership.

Photo of Nene PowellNene is a member of East Reservoir Neighbours for Change and has a keen interest in permaculture, practical self-sufficiency, community connectedness, sharing and keeping it local. On a professional side, Nene has over 25 years of experience as a Senior Project Manager in corporate organisations.

Colourful drawings on the pavement in several colours. The lines move in flowing shapes.

Our vision for Reservoir

Reservoir honours its cultural tapestry; inclusive, friendly and with heart.

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

Key themes of our vision for Reservoir

Objectives

  • Entice community life into the streets and public spaces through enhanced streetscape amenity
  • Celebrate Reservoir’s reputation as a cultural destination through cultural art installations and events
  • Attract visitation through a regular program of events and activations during the day and night
  • Grow a local culture of active citizenship and volunteerism through capacity building and resourcing

Objectives

  • Establish partnerships and collaboration on programs to address antisocial behaviour in streets
  • Light up the streets at night to attract evening visitation to enhance perceptions of safety
  • Enhance active transport options, local connections and wayfinding to connect Edwardes, Broadway and other Reservoir destinations
  • Advocate for better local public transport options and connections

Objectives

  • Expand the Reservoir Village network to include the Broadway precinct and enhance its profile through place branding, new website, business directories and curated place management to attract visitation to shopping precincts
  • Undertake research and develop strategies to enhance shopping precincts, and attract cultural diverse business investment and large scale employers
  • Grow ‘jobs ready’ skills for disengaged youth and retain employment
    talent within Reservoir

Projects funded in Reservoir

Local community and businesses are working together to create a Reservoir flavoured recipe book - showcasing local businesses and community recipes. A launch event will be held to bring people together to share and promote their achievements. Planned project outcomes include better connections and collaboration between businesses and stakeholders on both sides of the shopping strip, celebration of community and business voices, and the attraction of new customers to Reservoir.

The Suburban Revitalisation Program is providing $50,000 in funding for the project and it’s anticipated to be completed by mid-to -late 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

The project will deliver a multi-faceted program to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve community safety in the centre including:

  • a program that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, particularly drug and alcohol consumption in the activity centre
  • drug and alcohol outreach workers to engage with and support individuals struggling with substance abuse problems
  • crime prevention activities with businesses.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $155,000 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 Darebin City Council

The project will deliver on-road bike lanes (green surface treatment) and kerb installations along Edwardes Street and Broadway. Outcomes of this project will include enhanced active transport connections throughout Reservoir and greater safety.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $110,000 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 Darebin City Council.

This project involves undertaking an economic, place-based analysis of Reservoir. This will include customer loyalty assessments and a workshop with Reservoir businesses to assist them in understanding the research. The outcomes of this work will inform future planning, with an evidence-based approach to determining future works in Reservoir, as well as appropriate investment attraction strategies to stimulate revitalisation in Reservoir.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $50,000 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 Darebin City Council.

The Reservoir Investment Attraction Plan will complement and build on the outcomes of the Economic Analysis study for Reservoir. The plan will engage with local and potential future businesses, investment partners, landowners, State and Federal Governments and Council to identify catalyst projects that will intensify Reservoir’s role as a growing and liveable activity centre that provides a diverse range of local jobs, activities and services.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $85,000 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 Darebin City Council.

The project will deliver streetscape and footpath improvements focussing on High Street and Broadway, with some improvements along Spring Street as well. Improvements will include creating a strong sense of arrival and an entrance to the centre at Broadway (similar new entrance delivered at Edwardes Street). These streets will benefit from new street furniture, bike hoops and new trees. These improvements will complement works completed along segments of Broadway and Edwardes Street.

Outcomes include improving the look and feel of the centre, which will encourage visitation to and use of public spaces, increased 'pride of place' by the local community, visitors and businesses, increased satisfaction and reinvigoration of the centre.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $575,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

The project will include the development of a branding and marketing program, seeking to deliver a unified brand for Reservoir via the addition of branded wayfinding, signage, flags and banners close to the new station. This will also include work with businesses to deliver branding activities, integrate the Reservoir branding into their offerings and promotional materials, build their capacity to be part of the activity centre and assist with uniting businesses on both sides of the strip. Outcomes include promoting the centre, supporting and celebrating businesses and enhancing the centre's identity.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $150,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

The Reservoir Blitz project will revitalise the central shopping precincts of Reservoir by undertaking minor works on both sides of the centre. Giving the centre a refresh will encourage the use of public space and improve the look and feel of the centre, while addressing issues raised by customers, businesses and the community. Benefits will include increased pride of place from community members, visitors and business owners; increased satisfaction and the reinvigoration of activity in the centre.


The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $35,000 in funding for the project and it was completed in late 2021. The project was delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

The Reservoir Splash project will provide shopfront improvement grants to local businesses to improve the visual appeal of their shopfronts. Outcomes of this project include enhanced amenity to match the structural improvements across Reservoir, enhanced pride of place, as well as increased visitation and the attraction/retention of customers.

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 Darebin City Council.

A program of weekend pop-up makers markets and the delivery of six community murals. The events and murals will celebrate Reservoir’s multicultural communities, encourage visitation and spend in the activity centre and beautify the area.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $148,000 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 Darebin City Council.

A program focused on building entrepreneurial and leadership skills within young people of Reservoir. The program focuses on Aboriginal, CALD and LGBTIQA+ youth and seeks participation from local business operators and partners to be mentors. The program covers leadership, start-up businesses, digital and tech information. The intent of the project is to create local opportunities and enhance youth connections to Reservoir, local businesses and youth services, as well as build youth capacity.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $80,000 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 Darebin City Council.

This project includes the construction of a pedestrian crossing, with art activations, new footpath and roadside kerb and channel at the intersection of Olive and Edwardes streets. Laneways off Edwardes St and Broadway will also be revitalised with new artistic line marking and temporary artwork, in partnership with local young people. Further temporary artworks and lighting installations will also be completed in laneways, streets and pedestrian spaces, developed and implemented by artists.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $80,000 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 Darebin City Council.

The project will deliver an extension to the training café at the Reservoir Neighbourhood House to further support community training activities and increase opening hours to include weekends. The project will include various minor infrastructure upgrades, an expansion of existing programs and activities, and the development of new training programs for local youth and community members experiencing disadvantage and isolation.

The Suburban Revitalisation Program is providing $50,000 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 Reservoir Neighbourhood House.

The project will deliver new plantings throughout Reservoir's activity centre, giving it a refresh. Increasing planting will help cool the area, encourage the use of public space and improve the look and feel of the activity centre.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $75,000 in funding for the project that Darebin City Council completed in April 2022.

This business development and training program will support the growth of local retail, hospitality, or other small businesses in Reservoir through one-on-one coaching, improving their online presence and developing sales, marketing and communication strategies, and peer-to-peer networking with other small business owners and local groups.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $127,100 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in mid-2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with La Trobe University.

The Colour My Neighbourhood project will deliver murals at the public housing estate in East Reservoir. This will be done in collaboration with eight local artists who have lost work due to COVID-19, as well as engage with and involve residents from the start to the end of the project in determining the concept, designs, and creative implementation of the murals. When the murals are completed, an end of project celebration event will showcase these to the community.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $247,800 in funding for the project and the Reservoir Neighbourhood House completed it in June 2022.

The project will involve purchasing and fitting out a van for 3KnD’s mobile broadcasting across the Darebin community, specifically targeting outreach to the Reservoir and East Reservoir Aboriginal community and to activate the business areas in Broadway and Edwardes Street. This will include the delivery of ‘live-to-air’ specific broadcasting events across East Reservoir/Reservoir.

The project will support greater inclusion of First Nations peoples and their sense of being valued, support community connections through broadcast media and promote Reservoir to the broader community as a lively and inclusive suburb.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $125,000 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 3 Kool ‘N’ Deadly.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is funding various events as part of the autumn edition of FUSE, Darebin’s Contemporary Multi-Art Festival, including:

  • Out of the Park, a multicultural music event at Edwardes Park Lake
  • Live in Hi Rez, pop-up performances featuring local musicians and curated by young emerging producers
  • Made in Rezza, featuring and promoting Reservoir makers.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $184,000 in funding for the project that was delivered in March 2022 by Darebin City Council.

Page last updated: 19/07/22