Background

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 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 Town Square by providing feedback on 3 design options in September 2021.

Community Reference Group

An Expression of Interest process was carried out to recruit community members for the Watsonia Town Square Community Reference Group (WTSCRG).

Thirteen places have been filled, representing a broad cross section of the community.

Membership categories include:

  • 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 meet 4 – 6 times during the year and meetings will be chaired by Cr. Mark Di Pasquale.

We are still looking to fill the Young Person membership category. Expression of interest applications are welcome from eligible community members that are aged under 25 years of age and have a connection to Watsonia by completing the EOI form below. For more information contact Erica Hardie, Senior Project Manager at erica.hardie@banyule.vic.gov.au

Community Consultation

Help shape the new Watsonia Town Square. There are many ways to get involved. Look out for our community consultation in September 2021.

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