Future Preston


Feedback Survey

Hundreds of Darebin locals have had their say on the future of Central Preston this year, by taking part in our pop-up stands, survey and the Future Preston Summit.

We’ve collected all of this information and created the ‘Future Preston – Community Directions’ report, which will help guide Council’s development of a precinct plan for Central Preston.

To make sure this report reflects what you’ve told us, we invite you to read the report and share your feedback through our survey. To read the report and complete the survey, please click here.


About the Future Preston Vision project

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.


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?

Once the feedback survey is complete, the community directions report will be finalised and available here. Next, a Vision for Central Preston will be 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 has confirmed that a piece of Council land at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston will be used for affordable housing.

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.


Feedback Survey

Hundreds of Darebin locals have had their say on the future of Central Preston this year, by taking part in our pop-up stands, survey and the Future Preston Summit.

We’ve collected all of this information and created the ‘Future Preston – Community Directions’ report, which will help guide Council’s development of a precinct plan for Central Preston.

To make sure this report reflects what you’ve told us, we invite you to read the report and share your feedback through our survey. To read the report and complete the survey, please click here.


About the Future Preston Vision project

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.


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?

Once the feedback survey is complete, the community directions report will be finalised and available here. Next, a Vision for Central Preston will be 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 has confirmed that a piece of Council land at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston will be used for affordable housing.

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.