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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 six major activity centres identified in Plan Melbourne:

  • Airport West
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Niddrie-Keilor Road
  • North Essendon
  • Racecourse Road
  • Union 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 Airport West, 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

The MPAC to 2040 – Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Local Plan (Local Plan) supports the directions of MV2040 and outlines a vision for the activity that is easy to move around, the environment is resilient, the place is full of life and the valued heritage character is protected.

Amendment C207moon proposes to implement the Local Plan and associated background documents to ensure it aligns with our vision for MPAC. This includes a suite of mandatory and discretionary planning controls to provide greater clarity regarding development outcomes in the activity centre.

To view the Amendment, visit the document library on the MPAC Your Say page.

Panel - Notice of Directions Hearing

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Directions Hearing for Moonee Valley Planning Scheme Amendment C207moon was held by video conference on 16 September 2020.

The Main Hearing is scheduled to commence by video conference on Monday, 19 October 2020 and run for five days over a two week period. Parties to the Hearing have been contacted regarding these arrangements. The Panel will hear this matter in an open forum, consistent with its obligation to conduct hearings in public.

To observe proceedings, you can access the hearing using the links provided in the Panel Timetable. Note the hearing will be conducted over the Microsoft Teams platform and there is a separate link for each of the hearing days.

If you have any questions about the hearing process, please contact Planning Panels Victoria at planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.

As with in-person hearings, please be advised that the Hearing must not be recorded in any part or in any way without permission from the Panel. This includes audio and video recording.

Niddrie-Keilor Road Activity Centre

Niddrie-Keilor Road streetscape upgrade

Council has a plan to beautify, green and upgrade the pedestrian realm in Keilor Road’s Niddrie business area. The Keilor Road Streetscape Plan focuses on the public pedestrian area in Keilor Road, from Elstone Court to Graves Street. It includes a pedestrian oriented streetscape design to support the creation of a vibrant and attractive business area that forms one of the anchors of the healthy, walkable and lively neighbourhood.

In 2019 and again mid-2020, Council collected ideas from the community about how the business area might look and feel in the future along with thoughts on the Draft Streetscape Plan. The findings from the both community consultation have informed the Final Keilor Road Streetscape Plan that was endorsed in September 2020.

The Streetscape Plan includes a range of improvements to ensure the area is vibrant, pedestrian friendly and supports an active business area for Niddrie. Some of the improvements include:

  • Increased tree canopy cover and greening
  • Increased garden planting
  • Upgraded footpath and pedestrian crossing
  • Upgraded street furniture

The construction of the streetscape upgrade will occur in two phases (southern side of the street and northern side of the street) over two different years.  Funding is contingent on annual budgets, and the project team will prepare for a start in late 2021, but this will not be confirmed until budget for that year is adopted (June 2021).

Racecourse Road Activity Centre

Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent Streetscape and Activation Plan Report

The Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent Streetscape and Activation Plan Report, prepared by consultants ACLA landscape architects and Chatterbox Projects, was adopted by Council in February 2016.

It will be used to inform future landscape capital works projects and ongoing street-based activation programs and projects. This includes future capital works, street furniture upgrades, public art projects and programs, events and other activities. View the report (pdf, 20.5MB).

Pin Oak Crescent streetscape upgrade

Update: 30/10/2020

Construction work is now nearing completion.
There remains some minor works to be carried out and final completion is now anticipated in November 2020, weather permitting.

We thank you again for your patience and look forward to the community to enjoy the upgraded Pin Oak Crescent.

Update: 07/08/2020

Following the Victorian Government’s latest introduction of stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions, we are making some changes to the way construction work is carried out on Pin Oak Crescent.

Norwood Street corner works will commence in mid-August 2020 and scheduled to be completed by mid-September 2020. During this time, our contractor will be carrying out works in these corners every afternoon from 12:30pm until 5:30pm, weather permitting.

Works to western footpath and Racecourse Road corner plaza will continue as planned and are scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2020, weather permitting.

We are doing our best to safely deliver our projects in this unprecedented time.
Please be assured our contractors and Council supervisor on site are following the Government guidelines and taking all pre-caution and safety measures.

We thank you for your understanding and please stay safe.

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.