Moonee Valley City Council

Activity Centre

Moonee Valley Activity Centres

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.