Major trails, new pavilions and recovery works in Council’s Budget

A person wearing a backpack, standing in dense forest in the Dandenong Ranges.

Major Ridges and Rivers projects will get underway across Yarra Ranges, along with continued storm recovery work and delivery of Council’s 120 services to the community, as part of the 2022-23 Draft Budget.

The Draft Budget, which is now out for community engagement and submissions, outlines Council’s spend on services, recovery efforts and its annual capital works program.

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Yarra Ranges Mayor, Jim Child, said a highlight of this year’s budget would be delivery of significant stages of the Yarra Valley Trail, RidgeWalk and the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination.

“This year we’ll be taking big steps forward with our Ridges and Rivers projects across the Yarra Valley and Dandenongs,” he said.

“We’ll be hoping to finish Stage 1 of the Yarra Valley Trail, connecting the existing trail at Yering to Yarra Glen Station, while working on a Northern Loop of the trail that connects up.

“In the hills, we’ll be working on the first stage of RidgeWalk, which will be a 26km trail connecting towns and displaying the histories, cultures and artworks inspired by the Dandenong Ranges.

“The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination is awaiting a decision from the Minister for Planning. If approved, this year will be the start of one of the largest projects we’ve ever undertaken, which will provide world-class recreation opportunities for community members and visitors alike.”

Other capital works projects for the year include:

  • Construction of the Chirnside Urban Park,
  • New playspaces in Carmen Reserve, Lilydale and Glenvalley Reserve in Seville East
  • New sporting pavilions in Kimberley Reserve, Chirnside Park and Pinks Reserve in Kilsyth
  • More than 19 kilometres of roads constructed as part of the Roads for the Community Program

Capital Works Program

Below are some of the projects listed for 2022-23 in Council’s Capital Expenditure Program. Read the Budget Documents for more projects, and to see what projects are planned for future years.

Drainage

Cambridge Street, Belgrave South – new pipe to address local flooding – $167k

Camms Road, Monbulk – kerb and channel works to address flooding – $244k

Commercial Road, Mt Evelyn, Stage 1 – designing new drainage outfall pipe – $442k (multi-year project)

George and Lalor Roads, Healesville – drainage improvements to address flooding. – $60k (multi-year project)

Footpaths

Blannin Street, Healesville – concrete path construction between Crowley Road and Stephens Road – $89k

Fernhill Road, Mt Evelyn – concrete path from existing path to East end of Fernhill Road – $150k

Jacaranda Road, Kilsyth – between Alpine Way and Beech Street – $60k

Menin Road, Monbulk – between Monbulk Road and Baynes Park Road – $137k

Moores Road, Monbulk – between Emerald Creek Road and Monbulk Road – $43k

Sugarloaf drive, Chirnside Park – between Edward Road and Vista Drive – $149k

Cherlynne Cres, Kilsyth – footpath rehabilitation – $282k

David Hill Road, Monbulk – footpath rehabilitation – $290k

Main Street, Upwey – footpath rehabilitation – $152k

Fairy Dell Road, Tecoma – footpath rehabilitation – $108k

Mt Morton Road, Belgrave South – footpath rehabilitation – $117k

Warburton Highway, Wandin North – footpath rehabilitation – $387k

Open space projects

Indigenous Heritage Visibility – creating signage and infrastructure to highlight indigenous cultural heritage in culturally-significant reserves – $49k (multi-year project)

Yering and Coldstream Station Activation – design and activation of the station areas – $540k (Federal and State Government funded)

Wesburn Pump Track – delivery of stage one – $940k (Federal and State Government funded)

Township projects and works

Blacksmiths Way, Belgrave, streetscape improvements – $200k (multi-year project)

Lilydale Heritage Station building works – upgrading amenities – $149k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Beresford Road Park improvements – $50k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Castella Streetscape Plan – $35k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Cycle Nodes – $60k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Heritage Rail Station Precinct – $30k

Lilydale Revitalisation – Lions Park renewal – $235k

Township improvements in Healesville and Yarra Glen (Constructing pavements and crossings, making disabled parking, garden beds and drainage) – $50k (multi-year project)

Township improvements in Sassafras (including improvements to pedestrian networks) – $172k

Warburton Urban Design Framework – developing the framework in conjunction with the Warburton Place Plan – $102k (multi-year project)

Trail works

Bushy Creek Trail, Mooroolbark – works to connect the trail to Hyde Park Walk – $200k

Olinda Creek Trail, Montrose – connecting Swansea Road in Montrose to York Road, Mt Evelyn – $100k (multi-year project)

Yarra Valley Trail – northern loop, a 10.7km trail circuit – $800k (State Gov funding) (multi-year project)

RidgeWalk – a 26km trail in the Dandenongs – $1.9m (State, Federal and Council funded) (multi-year project)

Warburton Mountain Bike Destination – development of trails, pending State Government approval – $1.5m (State, Federal, Council and Upper Yarra Community Enterprise funded) (multi-year project)

Yarra Valley Trail – stage one to connect trail to Yarra Glen – $1.4m (State, Federal and Council funded) (multi-year project)

Playspace works

Chirnside Urban Park – design and construction – $1m (Council and State Government funding) (multi-year project)

Monbulk playspace – upgrade to district-level playspace – $28k (multi-year project)

Camden Reserve playspace, Lilydale – renewal works – $233k

Glenvalley Reserve playspace, Seville East – renewal works – $233k

Sports reserve works

Monbulk Reserve – stormwater harvesting system – $561k (Council and Melbourne Water funding)

Narre Warren East community cricket nets – demolition and reconstruction of enclosed cricket nets – $30k

Seville Recreation Reserve – oval one ground reconstruction – $20k (Federal Government funding)

Hoddles Creek – Wickhams Road Reserve cricket net demolition and reconstruction – $30k

Road works

Beresford Road, Lilydale – drainage improvement works and road reconstruction – $1.3m (Roads to Recovery funding)

Switchback Road, Chirnside Park – pavement rehabilitation work – $431k (Roads to Recovery funding)

Victoria Road, Chirnside Park – drainage improvement works – $883k (multi-year project) (Federal Government funding)

Building works

Climate Resilient Buildings for our Community project – climate-resilience upgrades to community buildings – $3m (State and Federal Government funded)

Community Renewable Energy Projects in Yarra Glen – $23k

Kimberley Reserve, Chirnside Park – Community Sports Pavilion construction – $1.8m (includes State Government funding)

Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve – Community Sports Pavilion construction – $2.4m (Federal, State, Council and sport club funded)

Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth – Community Sports Pavilion construction – $2.6m (multi-year project) (includes State Government funding)

Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth – Netball Court Covers – $564k (State Government and sporting club-funded)

Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth – Stadium improvements, including additional basketball court, improved amenities – $2m (multi-year project) (includes State Government funding)

Powelltown – Community Sports Pavilion construction – $1.8m (multi-year project) (State and Federal Government funded)

Monbulk Living and Learning Centre – internal upgrades – $203k

Oonah Belonging Place, Healesville – Feasibility and design for an Integrated Service Delivery Hub for Yarra Ranges’ Aboriginal Community – $178k

Biochar facility, Lysterfield – design and construction – $550k (including State Government funding)

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