20-minute neighbourhoods - croydon south
20-Minute Neighbourhoods is a concept that was launched in 2018 by the Victorian Minister for Planning to create residential areas where locals can service most of their everyday needs withing a 20-minute walk from home. Croydon South was selected as part of a pilot program for the 20-Minute Neighbourhood concept, led by the Victorian Government in partnership with Maroondah City Council and with support from the Heart Foundation (Victoria) and Victoria Walks.
The focus on the project is Eastfield Shopping Centre, a local activity centre that offers a variety of small retail and hospitality outlets and is surrounded by recreational facilities such as the Eastfield Park, Cheong Park, and the Tarralla Creek Cycling Trail.
Following a thorough review of the background material and location, GTA developed a series of potential ideas to improve accessibility and placemaking at the centre. Following consultation with DELWP and Maroondah City Council, the ideas were expanded and used as the basis of a concept design.
GTA developed concept designs to enhance walking, cycling and public transport access to the centre. The designs also seek to improve the urban space by creating a community hub that will complement and strengthen the current retail offering.
Proposed interventions for the site include new signalised crossings on Bayswater Road and Eastfield Road, widened shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists and improved connections to the Taralla Creek Trail. The bus stops on Bayswater Road will also be relocated closer to the new signalised crossing as well as the Eastfield Shopping Centre, ensuring passengers are dropped off adjacent to where they want to be.
The design also removes through traffic from outside the shops and cafes that make up the main part of
the centre. Instead this space will become a public a public plaza that will be co-developed with the local community to include landscaping,
dining areas, street trading and public art opportunities.To further support this, parking along one side of the Eastfield Shopping Centre will
be removed to create wider footpaths, bicycle parking, tree planting and allow traders to extend their businesses onto the street.
At the southern end of the centre a raised crossing is proposed and a staff car park will be converted into a green public space that can provide much needed amenities such as shade, shelter, picnic tables, public toilets, fitness or children’s play equipment. This space is also designed to be used as a flexible space for local events such as a pop-up cinema or marquee events.
DEWLP and Maroondah City Council are in the process of creating a temporary activation plan to introduce elements of the design to measure community feedback. GTA will continue to support the project and provide further advice as the project moves forward.