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Tarneit is a western suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, located 25 kilometres from Melbourne CBD within the City of Wyndham local government area. It is adjacent to the emerging suburb of Truganina to the east, and established suburbs of Hoppers Crossing and Werribee to the south. Settlement of the area dates to the 1830s when Tarneit was used as agricultural grazing land. Tarneit was named when it was surveyed in 1839–1840 and comes from the Wathaurong word for the colour ‘white’.

Tarneit is one of the fastest growing suburbs in outer Melbourne with a current population of 49,780 (2020) expected to increase by 164%, to 131,166 by 2041. The Tarneit activity centre is classified as a ‘Major Activity Centre’ in Plan Melbourne, with its purpose to fulfil and service anchor retail, services and businesses needs of the Tarneit community.

Our vision is for a revitalised Tarneit that's emerging, cherished by locals for its active public spaces, vibrant civic heart and expanding business ecosystem.

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

Tarneit 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 Tarneit 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 Sara Connolly MPSarah is a member of the Parliament of Victoria’s Legislative Assembly representing the diverse Tarneit District located in one of Australia’s largest growth corridors.

Peter Maynard smiling at camera Mayor TarneitIramoo Ward Councillor, Peter Maynard, is currently serving his third term as Mayor of Wyndham (2021/22). He was first elected to Council in 2012.Cr Maynard also served as Wyndham’s Mayor for 2014/15 before being elected Mayor again for the 2017/18 term. Passionate about all things community and sport, Cr Maynard has proudly called Iramoo Ward home since 1982. He is a proud father of four children and seven grandchildren.

Cr Maynard is Council’s Active City portfolio, which centres around fostering an active community where the community has opportunities to stay fit and healthy through leisure facilities, sport, clubs and associations, and access to active transport infrastructure.

Photo of Stephen WallStephen Wall is an experienced Local Government CEO, with over twenty years in leadership roles at Council in Victoria and NSW. Stephen was appointed Wyndham CEO in 2021 after serving as CEO at neighbouring Maribyrnong and prior to that Surf Coast Council. Stephen is looking forward to working with Councillors on the challenges of a growth city like Wyndham over the years ahead.

Photo of Rashi DhagatCreative Customer Centric Event Stylist for all Occasions known by Glitz Events and Owner Operator of Little Growling Cafes in Wyndham.

Photo of Simon HaberSimon Haber is the Principal of Tarneit Senior College, having joined the College as Principal at the beginning of 2019. Tarneit Senior College caters for the continual growing population of young people in Years 10-12 within Tarneit and surrounds. Simon has been teaching and leading education within various schools for nearly 20 years.

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 Poly KiyagaPoly has been in living in City of Wyndham since 2006. He graduated from Victoria University with the Bachelor of International Community Development. Poly started working with refugees and migrants since 2001. He worked with AMES Australia delivering the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP). Currently Poly is managing the Community Support Groups Program which is funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet through the Office for Youth to work with young African-Australians living in the City of Wyndham.

Maree smiling at cameraMaree is Managing Director at Greater Western Water, appointed 1 July 2022.

Maree was previously appointed Managing Director of City West Water in April 2020 and was appointed Acting Managing Director in November 2019. Prior to this Maree was an executive with City West Water, leading the delivery of water services to over one million Melbournians across the Melbourne CBD, inner suburbs and the growing western region, as well as the delivery of major new assets vital for growth, urban renewal and government infrastructure.

She brings a passion to lead culture, safety and business transformation in order to deliver exceptional outcomes for customers and the communities we service. Maree combines her water sector experience with a diverse and commercial driven background, and her leadership was also recognized by her inclusion as IPAA Top 50 Women in Public Sector (Victoria) 2018.

Maree holds MBA (Prof), B. Eng (Hons) (Chem), B.Comm

Our vision for Tarneit

A revitalised Tarneit is emerging, cherished by locals for its active public spaces, vibrant civic heart and expanding business ecosystem.

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

Our aspirations and objectives in revitalising Tarneit

Objectives

  • Entice community life into the streets & public spaces through enhanced public space amenity, street art and cultural events
  • Establish Tarneit as a family & food destination to attract visitation from across Melbourne
  • Integrate  Aboriginal and multicultural expression within public spaces to reinforce identity
  • Enhance active transport options and wayfinding that connect public spaces to where people live

Objectives

  • Facilitate pop-up parks, activated through regular events, for social connections & entertainment
  • Grow active citizenship and volunteerism through placemaking capacity building and funding support

Objectives

  • Inspire and attract participation in a new Tarneit business network to enhance local collaboration and procurement
  • Enhance Tarneit’s profile through place branding, social media and curated place management to attract visitation
  • Grow ‘jobs ready’ skills for youth and retain employment talent within Tarneit

Projects funded in Tarneit

A vibrant new mural by award-winning artist George Rose now welcomes the community to the entrance of Tarneit Gardens Shopping Centre.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $35,000 in funding for the project which was completed in November 2021.

This project delivers upgrades to four parks in Tarneit, with improved play spaces, new nature play areas, fitness equipment stations and seating.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $465,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

The project will use under-utilised parkland to create a community garden with raised planter beds, open space and a barbeque, sheds and water tanks. The community garden will be a significant gathering and sharing place for the community, help improve food security and provide healthy food options. The funding will also support a range of cultural events to raise awareness of the garden and build relationships with the local Pasifika community, whose members play a vital role in distributing food at the local market.

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

Sunset Views Boulevard is a key pedestrian link that connects Tarneit train station and local community facilities, residential areas and the local shopping centre.

This project will see the installation of new pedestrian lighting, tree plantings and artistically designed linear shelter structures. These works will create shade, increase pedestrian safety and beautify this central point in the community.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $330,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed by late 2022.

Tarneit’s four-legged residents will be able to enjoy the outdoors with their owners in a new off-leash area, complementing the revitalisation of four parks in Tarneit that’s currently underway.

This project will deliver a new fenced dog off-leash area, complementing the revitalisation of four parks in Tarneit that’s currently underway.

The new facilities will include a 30 x 50m fenced area, agility equipment, shade and shelter, and a drinking fountain.

The off-leash area will promote exercise and social interaction for both humans and dogs and will be significant in enhancing community connections.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $62,000 in funding for the project which is anticipated to be completed by mid-2022.

Tarneit’s iconic Cowies Hill Water Tower will be celebrated with the installation decorative night lighting.

In a collaboration between Wyndham City Council, Greater Western Water and Melbourne Water, specialist lighting designers will develop a proposal with scope for a range of different lighting and projection features.

Community members will have their say with consultations during the design and installation of this exciting project.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $150,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed by mid-to-late-2022.

Tarneit residents will enjoy local outdoor music and movie sessions, in addition to a 6-month trial of a Makers and Growers market. The first events will kick-off in December 2021 and will continue into 2022.

The events will create vibrant activities around Tarneit and help build social connections.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $485,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

The project will include scoping of a Chamber of Commerce / Business Association for the Tarneit Activity Centre, which will include early engagement with local traders, creation of a governance structure, development of a digital media platform for communications and setting up association activities.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $40,000 in funding for the project which will be delivered in late 2022.

Tarneit families and diverse households will be supported to participate in creative activities and public art that will be presented throughout the neighbourhood. The project is based on the successful pilot project Hello Togetherness.

The project will encourage social connection and transform Tarneit’s neighbourhoods into an evolving gallery space that everyone can enjoy.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $100,000 in funding for the project which will be delivered in mid-2022.

The project will deliver an 8-week leadership program involving 20 young people from Tarneit and include coaching qualifications, referee qualifications, mental health training and fitness sessions.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $38,500 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

The project will deliver a community herb garden, which will build social connection.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $24,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

The project will explore the opportunity for a Hawkers Market in Tarneit and trial a Firefly Tarneit Night Market on the last weekend in June 2022, which will showcase local businesses and celebrate local cultural identities.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $160,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

The project will deliver a suite of community fitness, sport and recreation activities tailored to meet the needs of the Tarneit community.

The Suburban Revitalisation program provided $70,000 in funding for the project and it is anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.

Page last updated: 09/06/22