Mooroolbark Station will soon be transformed into a safer, more accessible and vibrant precinct with work starting on the $2.4 million Mooroolbark Community Hub project.

Member for Kilsyth David Hodgett joined Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe and Councillor Terry Avery of Yarra Ranges Council at Mooroolbark Station today to mark the start of construction.

“I’m pleased to be here today to mark the start of construction works to improve safety and amenity at Mooroolbark Station” Mr Hodgett said.

“The station will be transformed into a safe and inviting community hub with a new cafe, improved landscaping and extra shelter over the station entrance.

“A new station entrance will lead directly to the Brice Avenue pedestrian crossing, integrating the station with the local street and shopping area.”

Ms Fyffe said the upgrades would help create a community-friendly and accessible station precinct.

“The upgrade has been designed to improve the way Mooroolbark Station connects with the local area, making sure people can get to where they want to go more easily.

“New accessible car parks will be provided in the station car park and ramps and footpaths will be upgraded, making it easier for all customers to access the station,” Ms Fyffe said.

The Mooroolbark Community Hub project will deliver:

  • additional CCTV cameras and improved lighting
  • upgrades to ramps, footpaths, signage and the car park (including new disabled parking spots and temporary drop off facilities)
  • construction of a new cafe and extra shelter over the station entrance
  • upgrading and improving landscaping in the station forecourt area.

Yarra Ranges Council has strongly supported the project by contributing funding of $300,000 and working closely with the project team throughout design development.

Yarra Ranges Councillor Terry Avery said the local community was thrilled work was beginning.

“This project is great example of the community, council and government working together to improve outcomes for Mooroolbark”

a community reference group including local residents, businesses, community groups and Yarra

“Local community feedback played an integral role in the project’s development.

“I’d like to thank Yarra Ranges Council and the community for their contributions to this project and for helping to create a station design that is safe and community friendly.

“These works follow improvements to the station car park completed in 2013, which included resurfacing the northern station car park, providing an additional 64 car parking spaces,” Mr Hodgett said.

The Mooroolbark Community Hub project will be delivered by Metro Trains Melbourne and Ducon on behalf of Public Transport Victoria.

Construction will be completed in early 2015.

For more information about the project visit ptv.vic.gov.au/mooroolbarkstation