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 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 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.

Victoria Penko headshotVictoria Penko brings 22 years of leadership in water, sustainability and climate adaptation across Australia, including the delivery of the first bi-cultural strategy for the Yarra River - Burndap Birrarung burndap unmarkoo.  Victoria currently drives Resilience and Sustainability at Melbourne Water, aiming to enhance life and liveability across the Greater Melbourne. Victoria has a strong family connection to Reservoir.

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

The Pathways to Employment Program is aimed at providing a “one-stop shop” to working with the most chronically disadvantaged in the Reservoir community, many of whom are from families that have experienced intergenerational underunemployment, to prepare them for post COVID-19 career and employment opportunities.

Targeting skill shortage areas, training will be made available,  including  tailored and individualised training, employment placement, and support services for those who have significant barriers to employment.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $230,800 in funding for the project, which is  anticipated to be completed inlate 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with PRACE Inc.

The Project involves two parts:

  • To purchase technology equipment for the Reservoir Neighbourhood House that will   be used for computer classes to seniors and adults living in public housing, newly arrived migrants and people with disability, and for a Youth Games program.
  • To support a Youth Social Gamers program for young people in Reservoir/East Reservoir living with mental health and wellbeing challenges. This will provide young people who are at-risk of disengaging or have disengaged with school and their community, with a safe and inclusive space to connect. Support workers/volunteers will take the opportunity to explore solutions to the challenges of these young people whilst they participate in the program. A concurrent program will also be open to their parents/carers. This project would be inclusive of neurodiverse young people and young people identifying as part of the LGBTIQA+ community

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $98,000 in funding for the project, which is  anticipated to be completed in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Reservoir Neighbourhood House.

Your Health Help will enhance public safety and amenity by building access to health and wellbeing services through assertive outreach and activating and enhancing public and community spaces within Reservoir.

Your Health Help will:

  • Undertake community skills building through doorknocking, street presence and by attending places where people congregate
  • Proactively engage with residents to understand their needs and improve access to health and social services
  • Set-up ‘shop’ to access health services in spaces that are regarded as familiar and safe i.e., Reservoir Neighbourhood House.
  • Steering committee to engage community with lived experience in the design and delivery of the project.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $265,000 in funding for the project, which is  anticipated to be completed in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Your Community Health.

This project will continue to deliver community events and activations in the centre to build on the Rezza Rocks program of 2021-22. This will include applying learnings and feedback from events delivered in 2021-22 to improve the program.

Examples of proposed activations events include:

* Pop Up markets – expanding into trash and treasure markets, suitcase rummage, and young makers market.

* Musical activations using local Reservoir performers from the Creatives database compiled in 2021/22 and explore partnerships with Decibels.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $70,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

Light Up Rezza will deliver installations of creative contemporary lighting along key pedestrian laneways, cycling paths and streets to enhance safety and wayfinding, as well as create visual excitement.

Examples of creative lighting could include street tree up-lighting and catenary lighting in the laneways.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $170,000 in funding for the project, which is   anticipated to be in late 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church property is situated in the heart of the Edwardes Street Commercial and community area.

Currently, the Multi-Purpose hall is home to three community-based activities including a community playgroup, free ESL (English as a second language) classes and a Welcome Centre with activities for socially isolated residents.

The project includes the replacement of 30-year-old carpet in the hall and an upgrade of existing outdated electrical switchboard that has reached its capacity.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $10,200 in funding for the project, which is   anticipated to be completed in early to mid 2023. The project is being delivered in partnership with St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Cheddar Road is one of the main roads in East Reservoir, in one of the most disadvantaged areas in the suburb.

The Cheddar Road Median Beautification and Improvements project will deliver improvement works including additional tree planting and seating at more regular intervals. The project aims to improve the amenity along this wide median that is commonly used for passive recreation (walking, jogging dog walking, bike riding) and is a direct active transport link to the Reservoir Centre.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $55,000 in funding for the project, which is anticipated to be completed inmid-2024. The project is being delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

Projects funded in Reservoir

Local community and businesses worked together to create a Reservoir flavoured recipe book - showcasing local businesses and community recipes. The launch event was held to bring people together to share and promote their achievements. Project outcomes included 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 provided $50,000 in funding for the project which was completed in September 2022. The project was 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 delivered on-road bike lanes (green surface treatment) and kerb installations along Edwardes Street and Broadway. Outcomes of this project include enhanced active transport connections throughout Reservoir and greater safety.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $110,000 in funding for the project which was completed in August 2022. The project was delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

This project involved undertaking an economic, place-based analysis of Reservoir. This included 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 provided $50,000 in funding for the project which was completed in September 2022. The project was 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 delivered streetscape and footpath improvements focussing on High Street and Broadway, with some improvements along Spring Street as well. Improvements included 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 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 provided $575,000 in funding for the project which was completed in August 2022. The project was 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 provided 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 provided $150,000 in funding for the project which was completed in September 2022. The project was 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 celebrated Reservoir’s multicultural communities, encouraged visitation and spend in the activity centre and beautified the area.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $148,000 in funding for the project which was delivered from May to August 2022. The project was 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 is anticipated to be completed in October 2022. The project is being delivered in partnership with Darebin City Council.

The project delivered 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 included 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 provided $50,000 in funding for the project and is anticipated to be completed in October 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 provided $127,100 in funding for the project which was completed in September 2022. The project was 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: 03/11/22