Boronia is one of six town centres in metropolitan Melbourne to receive a revitalisation boost as part of the Victorian Government’s Suburban Revitalisation Program.
As part of the Building Works Stimulus Package, the Program is funding shovel-ready projects in Boronia, Melton, Noble Park, Reservoir, Lilydale and Tarneit.
Each site will receive $500,000 from the state government for local infrastructure projects to improve public space and amenity while supporting local jobs and stimulating local business and community activity. This investment will play an important role in Boronia’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery.
To kickstart the revitalisation of the Boronia Town Centre, the State Government is investing $250,000 with a co-contribution from Knox City Council of $370,000 for a major revitalisation of Lupton Way, in Boronia.
This will mean that the tired, old laneway between the shops and Boronia Station will be completely overhauled – turning it into pedestrian prioritised laneway. The shared zone will prioritise pedestrians while providing for station pick-up and drop off and loading areas for local shops. An original artwork will be commissioned that improves lighting in Lupton Way, making it a safer place to use for locals.
The Andrews Government will work with Knox Council and other local stakeholders to explore further opportunities for co-investment in Boronia, including the Green Spine Corridor, Boronia Train Station Concept Plan, laneway galleries and gateway public art, placemaking and much more.
For more information on Suburban Development programs go to www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au.
Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane
“We are all living more locally. Investments like this will create jobs closer to home and support local businesses, while giving locally loved places, like Boronia a much-needed boost.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor
“We all know Boronia is in need of a bit of love – it’s the biggest shopping precinct out our way, next to Eastland and Knox Westfield. We all want to see it live up to the potential we know it has.”
“I’m so pleased to have been able to secure this funding for a project that will overhaul this laneway – benefitting businesses, cafes, pedestrians and commuters alike.”
“It’s an important first step – and more needs to be done. I’m looking forward to working closely with Council on further opportunities to help bring Boronia back to life and to back in businesses that are doing it tough. This is the start of change in Boronia.”