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Maroondah 2040 consultation process

Opening date: 26 June 2013 Closing date: 30 June 2014
MAroondah 2040

This consultation has now closed. Council formally adopted the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision on 23 June 2014 following extensive community consultation. Find out more about the consultation process and the feedback we received here, or see the adopted vision: Maroondah 2040: Our future together.

Maroondah 2040 provides a roadmap for our community, Council and other levels of government to partner together and create a future that enhances Maroondah as a great place to live, work, play and visit.

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Stage 1: Where are we now?

Our original research report, released in 2013, focused on the themes of place, people, economy, environment and governance.

View the Maroondah 2040 Research Report - May 2013  (pdf, 6MB)

View factsheets from this research report developed to encourage community conversations about the future of Maroondah.


Stage 2: Where do we want to go?

Over 90 community and business leaders attended the Future Forum, facilitated by prominent Futurist, Peter Ellyard.


Our engagement team headed to local shopping centres, community centres, and libraries to ask community members what they loved and what they wanted to change about Maroondah.



Stage 3: How do we get there?

We explored the key themes arising from the input received from the community through a number of activities.


Stage 4: Let’s make it happen

Maroondah 2040: Our future together was formally adopted on 23 June 2014. Our community vision will form the driving force behind all of Council’s activities and delivery of services as we approach 2040.

Partnerships between Maroondah City Council and a wide range of organisations and individuals will be vital in helping to turn the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision into a reality.

A safe, healthy and active community

Our community appreciates the family friendly atmosphere provided in Maroondah. They wish to strengthen these characteristics into the future. There is a strong desire for our neighbourhoods and activity centres to feel safe and welcoming. The community also want to see safety issues proactively addressed in public places, public transport and within the context of traffic. A proactive approach to managing issues of family violence drugs, alcohol and smoking is also viewed as a critically important to our future.

Our community highly values the wide range of local parks, playgrounds, sporting and recreational facilities currently available in Maroondah. Many comments related to how much enjoyment these facilities provide. An emphasis was placed on enhancements to Maroondah’s leisure and recreational facilities, to ensure there is an increased diversity in available facilities and enhanced accessibility for all ages and abilities in the future. There was also an expressed desire to create state of the art sporting facilities that are multifunctional and cater for the needs of many groups and clubs.

A prosperous and learning community

There is a strong desire to strengthen and grow the diversity of local businesses and job opportunities in Maroondah. Our community wants to create an environment for business that is innovative, responsive and resilient to future changes in our economy and labour markets.

Our community is proud of our local schools and enjoy participating in the diverse range of training and learning opportunities provided locally. There is an emphasis on attracting higher learning facilities into the area.


A vibrant and culturally rich community

Our community places a strong emphasis on involving the wider community in the arts and the wide reaching benefits of providing accessible arts programs for children and families. The community’s comments indicated that Maroondah caters for family activities, but that there is scope to diversify local entertainment options and to create spaces and public places that are ‘loved’, ‘trendy’ and ‘cool’. An increase in public art installations and increased cafe and restaurant precincts were common suggestions to improve the vibrancy of Maroondah.

A clean, green and sustainable community

Maroondah’s natural environment is highly valued and our green leafy character is treasured by locals. There is a strong desire for our green open spaces and bushland reserves to be enhanced and protected.

There is a desire to see Council, schools and other public entities take a leadership role in sustainable building design and facilities management. Our community said they would welcome more opportunities to build the awareness of environmental sustainability in the wider community, and encourage individuals and organisations to take action.


An accessible and connected community

Issues of transport were raised as a key challenge for Maroondah’s future. Many comments indicated our transport network needs to be improved and strengthened as our population increases.

There is a strong desire to see improved public and active transport options with an emphasis on upgrades to public transport, bike and pedestrian paths. Parking at stations and activity centres were also raised as critical issues to be addressed.

Community members see sustainable modes of transport as an important part of their vision for Maroondah, and they would like to see improvements to public transport modes and the connectivity of bike and pedestrian paths. The community also is seeking more innovation in transport modes such as including bike and car sharing programs and tram routes extending to Maroondah.

An attractive, thriving and well built community

Our community loves the leafy green character of our neighbourhoods, generous open space, parklands and mountain views across our horizons. They value the bustling thriving nature of our shopping and business precincts and access to high quality services and recreational opportunities, along with a geographical location that makes Maroondah the gateway between metropolitan Melbourne, the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges.

Many comments focused on ensuring the density of Maroondah’s urban form is managed sensitively to neighbourhood character and while at the same time responding to changing lifestyles and an ageing population. The importance of having attractive, inviting, inclusive and thriving neighbourhood centres and activity centres was also emphasised. The upcoming redevelopment of the Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre is seen as a positive opportunity for our community. 


An inclusive and diverse community

There is a strong desire to ensure that vulnerable groups have access to services, stronger connectedness to the community and that Maroondah remains affordable for all members of the community. Our community strongly emphasised the need for facilities and neighbourhoods that are accessible for all abilities and age groups.

Community members often referred to the needs of our ageing population as a key driver in planning for the establishment of services and facilities in the future. With increasing numbers of community members from a range of cultural backgrounds living in Maroondah, many community members wished to see this diversity valued, supported and embraced.

A well governed and empowered community

The community are looking for Council to be an active advocate for community needs and interests, whilst also providing transparent and accountable leadership. The community also expressed a strong preference to be involved in the decisions that affect them.

Cross organisational partnerships and collaboration will be the key mechanisms to drive the future success of the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision.

The vision for Maroondah looking ahead to the year 2040 and beyond involves the development of a vibrant cultural centre with safe neighbourhoods and thriving activity centres.
The community want to see an increase in arts and entertainment activities, increased retail options and the establishment of a café culture. There is a desire for greater acceptance of cultural diversity and more community involvement in local decision making.
The community also want to see new businesses attracted to the area, diversity in local job opportunities and more higher education options for local young people. Increased infrastructure and services will be required accommodate a growing and ageing population.
The Maroondah community is also keen to see the distinctive natural beauty of Maroondah maintained while also looking at advancements in environmental sustainability and design.
Thank you to everyone who has had their say about the future of Maroondah through this project. Your feedback, input and advice on how you want Maroondah to grow and evolve has been invaluable.

Community aspirations for the future of Maroondah...

A safe, healthy and active community

This involves:

  • A safe built environment
  • Issues of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, & family violence addressed
  • Improved physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Enhancement of our regional health services precinct
  • A range of health and community service hubs across Maroondah
  • Affordable housing options
  • Development of a sustainable food system
  • Enhancement of both passive and active open space
  • Improvements to leisure and recreation facilities
  • Establishment of world class sporting precincts

A prosperous and learning community

This involves:

  • Development of the Ringwood Metropolitan Activity  Centre
  • Diversification of Maroondah’s economy
  • Establishment of a business resource hub
  • Revitalisation of neighbourhood centres
  • Development of community-government-business partnerships
  • Opportunities for life-long learning
  • Increased tertiary education opportunities
  • Skill shortages addressed  

A vibrant and culturally rich community

This involves:

  • More entertainment options and spaces
  • Establishment of food, dining and cultural precincts
  • Enhancement of festivals & events
  • Increased opportunities for artistic expression
  • Greater connections within the arts community
  • More public art

A clean, green and sustainable community

This involves:

  • A carbon-neutral Council
  • Clean-energy solutions embraced
  • Initiatives to assist with adaptation to climate change
  • The community encouraged to reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Use of water-sensitive-urban-design principles
  • More stormwater-harvesting & grey water reuse
  • Retention of biodiversity, native-habitat and tree canopy
  • Protection of ridgelines, waterways and bushland reserves
  • A range of community gardens
  • Green spaces in activity centres

An accessible and connected community

This involves:

  • Accessibility for community members of all abilities
  • An accessible built environment
  • Pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods and activity centres
  • Sustainable-transport encouraged
  • Enhanced network of off-road shared paths
  • An integrated public-transport system

An attractive, thriving and well built community

This involves:

  • Opportunities for the community to live-work-play locally
  • A diverse range of housing
  • Distinctive and high quality urban design
  • Protection of local neighbourhoods
  • Prevention of flooding through stormwater management
  • Establishment of inclusive-community-hubs
  • Environmentally sustainable design encouraged

An inclusive and diverse community

This involves:

  • Inclusive and accessible services, programs & facilities
  • A culture of volunteerism across all age groups
  • Community members assisted to age in their own neighbourhoods
  • Increased number of social enterprises
  • Support for community members from diverse cultural-backgrounds
  • Particular support for refugees and new-arrivals
  • Respect for our indigenous heritage and local indigenous communities
  • Neighbourhoods and activity centres that consider needs of all ages

A well-governed and empowered community

This involves:

  • Community-inspired leadership
  • Community involvement in decision making 
  • Local Government that is transparent, accessible and accountable
  • A culture of excellence, innovation & best-practice
  • Council advocating on behalf of the community
  • Establishment of partnerships so Council-Community-Businesses can all work together
  • Provision of effective and tailored communication to different audiences


Stage 1: Where are we now?

Background information on current trends and emerging issues that are likely to impact on the future of Maroondah.

Stage 2: Where do we want to go? 

The findings from the second stage of the Maroondah 2040 project.

Watch the 2040 Vox Pops to see what the community said about what they love, what they want to change and how they would like to describe Maroondah in 2040.

Stage 3: How do we get there? 

The findings from the third stage of the Maroondah 2040 project.

Stage 4: Let's make it happen...

Maroondah 2040: Our future together was formally adopted by Council on 23 June 2014.

A summary version of Maroondah 2040: Our future together is also available:

Maroondah 2040 Newsletters

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