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Croydon Activity Centre
A priority of the Victorian Government’s blueprint for Melbourne’s growth, Croydon is a designated Activity Centre, as detailed in the Plan Melbourne, Metropolitan Planning Strategy.
Activity Centres are important elements of the Government’s long-term plan to encourage and manage the sustainable growth of Melbourne’s suburbs.
They are suburban centres that provide a focus for services, employment, housing, transport and social interaction. They are usually large centres with a mix of activities that are well served by public transport and have an especially important role to play as a focus for community activity, services, investment and change in retail, office, community, service and residential markets.
Croydon Activity Centre vision
- Croydon is a vibrant Town Centre to which people are drawn to shop, eat, relax and conduct business.
- Croydon retains its distinct ‘village feel’ with buildings that enhance the pedestrian experience.
- There are intimate spaces to stop and sit; safe and pleasant streets and lively shop fronts.
- A range of different housing types and opportunities are available.
- Encourage and create opportunities for new businesses, industry and an exciting range of shops.
- Increasingly people are living within or close to the Town Centre, with new housing accommodating different household types and age groups, with different activities to offer people of all ages during the day and evening.
- Traffic flows slowly, safely and efficiently through the Town Centre with many people walking or riding their bikes.
- The station is an important transport interchange that serves the broader area and frequent bus services are close by and easy to use.
Croydon Activity Centre map
The Croydon Major Activity Centre area includes Main Street, the Croydon Central Shopping Centre, the Arndale Centre, the Civic Precinct, sports and leisure facilities, Croydon Station and bus interchange and the surrounding light industrial areas and some residential areas.
Planning for Croydon
Long term planning has been underway for more than 10 years, with the Croydon Town Centre Structure Plan (2006) endorsed by Council.
The Structure Plan guides the development and change over the next 30 years, with a vision and objectives, strategies and actions to be achieved in future development and improvements within the Croydon Town Centre.
Through implementing these objectives, strategies and actions, as well as the guidelines provided for key sites and precincts, Council will achieve a collective vision for the Town Centre.
Read more about planning for Croydon:
Croydon Town Square
Council will commence the construction of a new Croydon Town Square in late 2017, creating a vibrant new space for the community.
Once completed, the project will provide great benefits to the area and will better connect Main Street to Croydon Station and Bus Interchange – building on the work of the recent Croydon Connects Project.
This project is being made possible through $2 million in Capital Works funding.
In planning for the project, Council has undertaken community consultation and worked closely with key stakeholders, to understand what they would like to see in this new and exciting space.
From the consultation, key themes have been identified for design consideration. They are:
- amenity (improved facilities)
- identity (maintain local identity).
A design concept has also been developed that carefully considers these key themes and integrates these elements into the design.
View the Croydon Town Square draft plan and artist impression images:
Feedback on the Croydon Town Square plans is now closed.
Level crossing removal at Coolstore Road and Croydon Station upgrade
Council has allocated $40,000 to undertake preliminary investigations into grade separation of the rail line at Coolstore Road, Croydon, in order to create a more accessible and connected Croydon Town Centre.
Council will advocate to the Victorian Government for the removal of this level crossing.
The underground grade separation will improve the safety of all commuters, enhancing pedestrian and vehicle connections in the area and possibly even creating more space for car parking. It will also allow for development of the station itself.
Read more about the Coolstore Road level crossing and Croydon Station.
Croydon Civic Masterplan
Council is developing a new Croydon Civic Masterplan to identify and guide the future redevelopment of the precinct area, with a specific focus on the facilities, open space, transportation infrastructure and the various associated services.
The Croydon Civic precinct includes Council’s Aquahub, Maternal & Child Health Centre, EV’s Youth Centre, Maroondah Occasional Care Centre and Keystone Hall; along with other community facilities such as Croydon RSL, Croydon Library, Croydon Scout Hall, Croydon Central Kindergarten and Croydon Senior Citizens Centre. This is set in a large open space area that includes wetlands, parkland, athletics track and sporting ovals.
Council successfully applied for funding through the Federal Government’s Safer Streets Programme, receiving $435,000 in May 2016 to upgrade 14 existing cameras and install seven new cameras in the Croydon Town Centre and at Croydon Park.
Wyreena Community Arts Centre
Council completed a new Playspace at Wyreena in 2016.
Council will develop a masterplan for buildings and open space at Wyreena Community Arts Centre and undertake major building improvement works.
Council program of capital works
Council has a program of capital works planned for Main Street, Croydon. These include:
- Pedestrian crossing improvements north of Lacey Street – approximate cost $40,000
- Upgrade to disabled parking spaces – approximate cost $60,000
- Improved central pedestrian crossing with raised pavement – approximate cost $40,000
Croydon Activity Centre completed projects
Council has completed a range of projects in the Croydon precinct to improve liveability for our residents. These include:
- Wyreena Playspace
- Croydon X and Y Space
- Croydon Civic Flood Mitigation
- Lusher Road Drainage improvement
- Croydon Connects
- Lincoln Road Upgrade
- Harry Lacey Lane car park modifications and pedestrian improvements – Completed 2015 – cost $30,000
- Coolstore Road pedestrian refuge – Completed 2015 – cost $60,000
- Main Street / Lacey Street pedestrian crossing – Completed in 2014 – cost $55,000
- James Kerr Way car park upgrade and pedestrian improvements – Completed 2012 – cost $130,000
- Hewish Road bike lanes – Completed 2011 – cost $15,000
- Pedestrian improvement works at Civic Square, Croydon, adjacent to the Croydon Library and Council’s Service Centre