Future Preston Summit Saturday 20 October - Free event!

Register to attend here


Central Preston is a vibrant area that is in the midst of change, and the City of Darebin wants to understand what is important to you. Come along to the FuturePreston Summit on Saturday 20 October to share your ideas, and learn more about key focus areas such as public space, transport, housing, the local economy, and community facilities.


All sessions will be facilitated by guest speakers, including Lola Digby-Diercks (NightingaleHousing) and Helen Rowe (Urban Innovation & Strategy). Come along for a session or stay the whole day. Everyone is welcome! If you live, work or play in Preston, the Future Preston Summit is not to be missed.


Plus there will be fun activities for everyone!


The Future Preston Vision project

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed their thoughts and ideas for the Future Preston vision, either via the online survey or coming along to one of our pop up street stands.


What is a community vision?
The goal of the community vision is to understand, right at the beginning of the project, what is important to the community, what problems you want solved and your vision for the future.


How are we going to develop the plan?
The first step in developing the plan is to create a vision for Central Preston. Tell us what is great about the area and what issues need to be addressed – everything from open space to public transport, accessibility, community services, housing, and more.

This is an opportunity for you to share what you love about living and working here and to ensure that as the area grows, its character remains local, welcoming and authentic.


What’s next?

Feedback received from the range of activities conducted will be used to develop key community directions. We will then share findings and confirm what we have heard from you before a Vision is drafted. The Vision will form the basis and act as a foundation for the Concept Precinct Plan, the new long-term strategic direction for Central Preston.

What else is happening in Preston?

There are a number of important projects occurring at the same time in Preston and we will be integrating the engagement findings from these projects into our planning.

These projects are:

Preston Market – the Preston Market site is one of the most-loved and iconic features of our city. Council is working with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to review planning controls for the Preston Market and set clear parameters for its future redevelopment.

Bell Street Level Crossing – The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is responsible for removing dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne, including the one at Bell Street. The Bell Street Level Crossing removal project is currently in the early planning stages, with construction expected to be completed in 2020.

Townhall Avenue - Council is committed to ensuring Darebin is an inclusive and affordable place to live and is currently exploring whether a piece of Council land at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston can be used for affordable housing. Doing so will provide Council with the opportunity to take leadership and action in response to the housing crisis.

Thank you if you have already participated in activities for these projects. The Future Preston project will be considering these but also a broader range of topics including transport, public space, housing, community facilities and more, so please do participate.

Register to attend here


Central Preston is a vibrant area that is in the midst of change, and the City of Darebin wants to understand what is important to you. Come along to the FuturePreston Summit on Saturday 20 October to share your ideas, and learn more about key focus areas such as public space, transport, housing, the local economy, and community facilities.


All sessions will be facilitated by guest speakers, including Lola Digby-Diercks (NightingaleHousing) and Helen Rowe (Urban Innovation & Strategy). Come along for a session or stay the whole day. Everyone is welcome! If you live, work or play in Preston, the Future Preston Summit is not to be missed.


Plus there will be fun activities for everyone!


The Future Preston Vision project

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed their thoughts and ideas for the Future Preston vision, either via the online survey or coming along to one of our pop up street stands.


What is a community vision?
The goal of the community vision is to understand, right at the beginning of the project, what is important to the community, what problems you want solved and your vision for the future.


How are we going to develop the plan?
The first step in developing the plan is to create a vision for Central Preston. Tell us what is great about the area and what issues need to be addressed – everything from open space to public transport, accessibility, community services, housing, and more.

This is an opportunity for you to share what you love about living and working here and to ensure that as the area grows, its character remains local, welcoming and authentic.


What’s next?

Feedback received from the range of activities conducted will be used to develop key community directions. We will then share findings and confirm what we have heard from you before a Vision is drafted. The Vision will form the basis and act as a foundation for the Concept Precinct Plan, the new long-term strategic direction for Central Preston.

What else is happening in Preston?

There are a number of important projects occurring at the same time in Preston and we will be integrating the engagement findings from these projects into our planning.

These projects are:

Preston Market – the Preston Market site is one of the most-loved and iconic features of our city. Council is working with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to review planning controls for the Preston Market and set clear parameters for its future redevelopment.

Bell Street Level Crossing – The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is responsible for removing dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne, including the one at Bell Street. The Bell Street Level Crossing removal project is currently in the early planning stages, with construction expected to be completed in 2020.

Townhall Avenue - Council is committed to ensuring Darebin is an inclusive and affordable place to live and is currently exploring whether a piece of Council land at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston can be used for affordable housing. Doing so will provide Council with the opportunity to take leadership and action in response to the housing crisis.

Thank you if you have already participated in activities for these projects. The Future Preston project will be considering these but also a broader range of topics including transport, public space, housing, community facilities and more, so please do participate.