There has been a lot of discussion about how the North East Link Project may impact Watsonia and what opportunities this might present for the local community.

After successful negotiations with the Victorian Government, we have secured $5.5 million in funding, as part of the North East Link Project, to enhance Watsonia for the benefit of the community and the viability of this important shopping strip.

We know this area will be significantly impacted by construction of North East Link Project, but with all the planned changes and this significant investment, we have the opportunity to create an even better place for people to shop and enjoy.

In 2014 we worked with the local community and stakeholders to create the Picture Watsonia Vision, which described the community’s aspirations for the centre over the next 35 years and detailed several opportunities including the creation of an active and vibrant town square.

Now that we have secured funding to help achieve this vision, it’s time to continue planning for the Watsonia Village Town Square.

Engagement stages

There are 2 key opportunities for you to get involved.

We will form a Community Reference Group to guide the project through the design process. This group will comprise of key stakeholders, including residents, traders, visitors and community groups.

You will have the opportunity to influence the look and function of the Watsonia Village Town Square by providing feedback on 3 design options in September 2021.

Get involved

Help shape the new Watsonia Village Town Square. There are many ways to get involved. Join the Community Reference Group and /or participate in our community consultation in September 2021.

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Apply for the Community Reference Group

The Community Reference Group will have the opportunity to provide input into the design process through planned meetings that will be held over the next 12 months.

The Community Reference Group will include a broad cross section of the community as follows:

  • Watsonia Traders Association
  • Watsonia RSL
  • Watsonia business person
  • Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service
  • Watsonia Neighbourhood House
  • Local church
  • Local interest group
  • Local property owner
  • Local resident
  • Local young person (under 25 years of age)

The Community Reference Group will be chaired by Cr Mark Di Pasquale.

Expression of Interest for the Community Reference Group is open until 5 March 2021.