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Activity Centre

The State Government requires activity centres to operate as vibrant hubs containing a mix of residential dwellings, shops, services and public transport and play a role in housing Melbourne’s growing population.

Moonee Valley has five activity centres:

  • Airport West
  • Essendon Junction
  • Keilor Road and North Essendon
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Union Road and Racecourse Road.

Our role is to develop a long-term plan for these centres to ensure that:

  • growth is managed appropriately
  • new locations for community facilities are identified
  • transport infrastructure improvements are coordinated
  • there is a clear advocacy plan for State Government projects.


To help us do this, we’ve developed structure plans for Essendon Junction (PDF, 9.9MB), Keilor Road (PDF, 2.9MB), Moonee Ponds (PDF, 20.4MB), and North Essendon (PDF, 2.8MB).

Structure plans map out a long-term direction of how our activity centres should grow and develop. Work is underway to align these plans with MV2040. Our first piece of work is for Moonee Ponds.

Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Local Plan

Council has developed the draft MPAC to 2040 – Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Local Plan which is proposed to replace the current Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Structure Plan (PDF, 20.4MB). The Local Plan supports the directions of MV2040 and outlines a vision for the activity centre that is beautiful, green, easy to move around, full of life, and celebrates the area’s heritage character. Council is also proposing new planning controls that will help realise this vision.

Submissions for informal consultation have closed, and we are in the process of reviewing the submissions we received. We will use the information to finalise the Local Plan, background documents and planning controls.

You can still view the Local Plan, planning controls and other background documents by visiting the MPAC Your Say page.

Racecourse Road Activity Centre

Over that past four years, we have been developing long term planning documents to oversee the growth and change of the Racecourse Road Activities Area.

Pin Oak Crescent streetscape upgrade

We're carrying out improvement works to Pin Oak Crescent footpaths between Racecourse Road and Norwood Street.

The works include:

  • Asphalt re-paving with feature red brick banding along the rail embankment
  • Replacement of timber retaining edge at rail batter with a new brick seating wall
  • Feature sawn bluestone paving to key nodes including Newmarket Station entrance and Norwood Street corners
  • Upgrade to corner plaza at the intersection of Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent with new feature paving, planting, rearranged seating and new bike hoops
  • Additional planting to existing garden beds
  • Upgrade to some of the existing drainage pits
  • Retention of existing kerb, roadway and street parking
  • Retention of existing trees or replacement if required

You can see more detailed plans of the works here.

Works are scheduled to start in June 2020 and be complete by 30 September 2020, weather permitting.

The Norwood Street corner works are scheduled during September 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by these works and encourage you to support your local Pin Oak Crescent business community during this time.

Evergreen Civil Pty Ltd has been appointed to undertake these works. Council’s Contracts Supervisor is Robert Tassi - 0413 835 148.

Contact StreetScapes@mvcc.vic.gov.au for more information.