Croydon Community Precinct

This consultation has now closed. Thankyou for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us. In the coming weeks we will be developing a draft Masterplan for the precinct, taking into consideration the feedback you have provided. If you would like to receive an email notification when consultation on the draft Masterplan is open, please register your details

Council is progressing in the development of a draft Masterplan for the future enhancement of the Croydon Community Precinct. The precinct currently contains a significant number of Council's community facilities, including Croydon Library, and accommodates a diverse range of associated community and sporting groups.

As part of the preparation for the draft Masterplan, Council undertook a review of all of the current buildings in the precinct and found that most facilities were coming to the end of their useful life and would require significant work in the next five to 10 years.

This provided the opportunity for Council to broaden the thinking, and investigate other possible opportunities for the precinct. Community consultation was undertaken in November 2018, and we asked the community to share their ideas and vision for the future of the precinct (see consultation summary)

As part of this consultation we explored the idea of one or more community hubs being constructed which would provide a new shared facility for existing users and an integrated approach for Council’s services. We also asked for ideas on how we could transform the open space in the precinct, and ways in which people would like to interact with them.

More recently, we have been working with our existing precinct user groups, refining the shared community vision for the precinct and exploring proposed key elements.

Proposed key elements

Enhanced community wellbeing facilities

  • The development of a new community hub, including a new library and a number of multiuse spaces for existing users and the community. The new hub would replace aged Council facilities within the north west corner of the precinct and incorporate elements of EV's Youth Centre and the Croydon Maternal and Child Health Care Centre identified as being of Heritage significance.

Enhanced family and children facilities

  • Creation of a new Family and Children's Hub, incorporating Maternal and Child Health Care, kindergarten, and occasional care services.

Enhanced sport and recreation facilities

  • Creation of a new Sport and Recreation Hub, incorporating bowling, athletics, cricket and football, and a multipurpose space for other community groups.

Enhanced open space

  • Retention and enhancement of part of the existing water body (duck pond) to complement the surrounding areas.
  • Provision of a significant open space area, incorporating a playable landscape, seating, pathways and extensive landscaping.
  • An enhanced war memorial, relocated from the Kent Avenue roundabout into the precinct.

Enhanced accessibility and connectivity

  • Possible closure of part of Civic Square, at the Mt Dandenong Road end near Main Street, to facilitate greater pedestrian connectivity.
  • Provision of a ‘pedestrian spine’ (pathway) through the precinct, from near Croydon Main Street to Town Park.
  • Realignment of the section of Civic Square next to Arndale Shopping Centre, to improve functionality, safety and amenity (with the creation of a boulevard of trees adjacent).

Potential development sites

  • Identify possible sites within the precinct for future development or uses, whether in partnership with Council or privately. Any potential developments or uses would need to adhere to the Croydon Town Centre Structure Plan.

The proposed key elements for Croydon Community Precinct are subject to external funding and Council is continuing its advocacy to the Victorian and Australian Government to support this exciting community project. Earlier this year, Deakin MP Michael Sukkar announced $2million funding towards the project.

We are now inviting the community to share their thoughts and ideas on the proposed key elements for the Croydon Community Precinct.

The feedback you provide will help inform the draft Croydon Community Precinct Masterplan. Consultation closes 20 October, 2019.

Stay informed

If you would like to receive updates from us on the Croydon Community Precinct project and all consultation opportunities, please register your details on this page and we will send you an email alert when there is new or updated information.

This consultation has now closed. Thankyou for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us. In the coming weeks we will be developing a draft Masterplan for the precinct, taking into consideration the feedback you have provided. If you would like to receive an email notification when consultation on the draft Masterplan is open, please register your details

Council is progressing in the development of a draft Masterplan for the future enhancement of the Croydon Community Precinct. The precinct currently contains a significant number of Council's community facilities, including Croydon Library, and accommodates a diverse range of associated community and sporting groups.

As part of the preparation for the draft Masterplan, Council undertook a review of all of the current buildings in the precinct and found that most facilities were coming to the end of their useful life and would require significant work in the next five to 10 years.

This provided the opportunity for Council to broaden the thinking, and investigate other possible opportunities for the precinct. Community consultation was undertaken in November 2018, and we asked the community to share their ideas and vision for the future of the precinct (see consultation summary)

As part of this consultation we explored the idea of one or more community hubs being constructed which would provide a new shared facility for existing users and an integrated approach for Council’s services. We also asked for ideas on how we could transform the open space in the precinct, and ways in which people would like to interact with them.

More recently, we have been working with our existing precinct user groups, refining the shared community vision for the precinct and exploring proposed key elements.

Proposed key elements

Enhanced community wellbeing facilities

  • The development of a new community hub, including a new library and a number of multiuse spaces for existing users and the community. The new hub would replace aged Council facilities within the north west corner of the precinct and incorporate elements of EV's Youth Centre and the Croydon Maternal and Child Health Care Centre identified as being of Heritage significance.

Enhanced family and children facilities

  • Creation of a new Family and Children's Hub, incorporating Maternal and Child Health Care, kindergarten, and occasional care services.

Enhanced sport and recreation facilities

  • Creation of a new Sport and Recreation Hub, incorporating bowling, athletics, cricket and football, and a multipurpose space for other community groups.

Enhanced open space

  • Retention and enhancement of part of the existing water body (duck pond) to complement the surrounding areas.
  • Provision of a significant open space area, incorporating a playable landscape, seating, pathways and extensive landscaping.
  • An enhanced war memorial, relocated from the Kent Avenue roundabout into the precinct.

Enhanced accessibility and connectivity

  • Possible closure of part of Civic Square, at the Mt Dandenong Road end near Main Street, to facilitate greater pedestrian connectivity.
  • Provision of a ‘pedestrian spine’ (pathway) through the precinct, from near Croydon Main Street to Town Park.
  • Realignment of the section of Civic Square next to Arndale Shopping Centre, to improve functionality, safety and amenity (with the creation of a boulevard of trees adjacent).

Potential development sites

  • Identify possible sites within the precinct for future development or uses, whether in partnership with Council or privately. Any potential developments or uses would need to adhere to the Croydon Town Centre Structure Plan.

The proposed key elements for Croydon Community Precinct are subject to external funding and Council is continuing its advocacy to the Victorian and Australian Government to support this exciting community project. Earlier this year, Deakin MP Michael Sukkar announced $2million funding towards the project.

We are now inviting the community to share their thoughts and ideas on the proposed key elements for the Croydon Community Precinct.

The feedback you provide will help inform the draft Croydon Community Precinct Masterplan. Consultation closes 20 October, 2019.

Stay informed

If you would like to receive updates from us on the Croydon Community Precinct project and all consultation opportunities, please register your details on this page and we will send you an email alert when there is new or updated information.

  • $2 million for the new Croydon Community Precinct

    7 months ago

    The Croydon Community Precinct project received a $2 million kick start with Deakin MP Michael Sukkar visiting Croydon to announce the Federal Government’s funding towards this exciting community project

    Read more about this announcement and what it means for the Croydon community.

    The Croydon Community Precinct project received a $2 million kick start with Deakin MP Michael Sukkar visiting Croydon to announce the Federal Government’s funding towards this exciting community project

    Read more about this announcement and what it means for the Croydon community.

  • Your feedback from Cafe Consult 2018

    about 1 month ago
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    A big thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas about the proposed Croydon Community Precinct at Cafe Consult at this year's Maroondah Festival.

    A perfect day weather wise saw families turn out in large numbers to enjoy everything Maroondah Festival had to offer. Our Cafe Consult Marquee was extremely busy, we thoroughly enjoyed chatting to our community.

    Your feedback on the proposed Croydon Community Precinct was extremely positive. Here is what you told us you value most:

    • Parks, open spaces, greenery, trees, vegetation and shaded areas

    A big thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas about the proposed Croydon Community Precinct at Cafe Consult at this year's Maroondah Festival.

    A perfect day weather wise saw families turn out in large numbers to enjoy everything Maroondah Festival had to offer. Our Cafe Consult Marquee was extremely busy, we thoroughly enjoyed chatting to our community.

    Your feedback on the proposed Croydon Community Precinct was extremely positive. Here is what you told us you value most:

    • Parks, open spaces, greenery, trees, vegetation and shaded areas
    • Sports areas and activity spaces that are inclusive and family friendly. Basketball, Tennis courts, Soccer and a Flat wall were the most popular sports mentioned.
    • Somewhere I feel safe, has safe meeting spaces for all ages and areas that are well lit
    • Water fountains, water features and a water park for summertime play
    • A place that is accessible, where people can feel supported and connected to others
    • BBQ areas for families, tables and seating areas that are are shaded
    • More outdoor festivals and free community events. Open areas for outdoor cultural, music and arts events for all ages
    • Cafés that promote sustainability
    • Clean, safe public toilets and parents rooms that are serviced regularly
    • Nature, sensory playgrounds that provide a safe and secure space for children.
    There will be more opportunities to have your say on this project over the coming months. Updates will be made to this page, so please register if you would like to receive email notifications of any updates or opportunities for further engagement.


  • Croydon Civic Precinct Masterplan development

    about 1 year ago

    Initial preparation of a masterplan for the Croydon Community Precinct started in 2017, and to date has included significant consultation with each of the current user groups and stakeholders in the precinct.

    These consultations have progressed well and Council will shortly consult the community on the possible consolidation and integration of facilities in the precinct and the establishment of two new Community Hub buildings.

    One possible community hub could accommodate the Croydon Library, a Council service centre and business hub, a centre for community wellbeing, all community groups currently in the precinct, as well as providing space for other community...

    Initial preparation of a masterplan for the Croydon Community Precinct started in 2017, and to date has included significant consultation with each of the current user groups and stakeholders in the precinct.

    These consultations have progressed well and Council will shortly consult the community on the possible consolidation and integration of facilities in the precinct and the establishment of two new Community Hub buildings.

    One possible community hub could accommodate the Croydon Library, a Council service centre and business hub, a centre for community wellbeing, all community groups currently in the precinct, as well as providing space for other community groups to relocate into the precinct.

    The second possible hub could accommodate an integrated family and children’s centre, including Maternal & Child Health services.