Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre

A priority of the Victorian Government’s blueprint for Melbourne’s growth, Ringwood is a designated Metropolitan Activity Centre (MAC). As a key MAC in Melbourne’s outer-east, Ringwood is the focus of significant public and private investment, employment growth and renewal.


The Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre is the area of Ringwood bound by:

  • Heatherdale Road to the west

  • the Ringwood Bypass to the north

  • Ringwood Lake to the east

  • the Belgrave/Lilydale rail line to the south.

Map showing Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre
Map showing Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre 


What is an Activity Centre?

Metropolitan Activity Centres or MACs are important elements of the Government’s long-term plan to encourage and manage the sustainable growth of Melbourne’s suburbs. They are the highest priority areas for commercial and residential development and renewal outside of the Central Business District (CBD).

Ringwood as a key Metropolitan Activity Centre

Ringwood is an important strategic location because it: 

  • is at the junction of EastLink and the Eastern Freeway with excellent connections to the metropolitan arterial road network

  • is at the junction of the Lilydale and Belgrave rail lines and ten bus routes

  • is a key gateway between Melbourne’s CBD and the Yarra Valley

  • serves a large catchment area in Melbourne’s outer east and supports a range of land uses and activities.

Creating a strong vision

Realising the vision for Ringwood will provide significant benefits for Victorians, spanning across productivity improvements, reducing congestion and infrastructure costs, better accessibility to jobs and services, improved amenity and more affordable housing. 

Ringwood MAC’s vision is to:

  • be Melbourne's outer east urban destination

  • provide advanced road and rail network

  • be a vibrant and contemporary town centre

  • provide retail, commercial, employment, leisure, and residential opportunities

  • feature natural landscapes

  • be integrated and sustainable.

Ringwood's MAC program will revitalise this strategic location and make Ringwood economically stronger and a better place to live, work and visit.

 This video Creating a Strong Vision is our vision for Ringwood.