What's been done to date, where we are now and what's next?

Community engagement is essential as we progress with developing the project designs over the coming months.

2015: Community Consultation for preferred station location

Design development In the community
  • Development of the business case 
  • Site investigations 
  • Consultation to help determine 
    • Train station location between South Morang and Mernda and potential station features 
    • Bus network planning
  • Engagement activities – community workshops and meetings, information sessions, stakeholder forums and briefings, pop ups at train stations and local shopping precincts, regular meetings with Council, project newsletter and presentations to Arilla Retirement Village 
  • Feedback – surveys, project hotline number, key stakeholder meetings 
  • Online – online discussion forum, project web page

January-March 2016 Development of project design options

Design development In the community
  • Further site investigations 
  • Release of proposed design options 
  • Refer project to the Commonwealth Department of Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 
  • Issue the Expressions of Interest to design and construct the project 
  • Finalise urban design principles
  • Engagement activities – community information sessions, pop ups at train stations and local shopping precincts, Council and community meetings, property door knocks, key stakeholder briefings 
  • Feedback – Social Pinpoint, feedback form, project hotline number, key stakeholder meetings 
  • Online – social media updates, project web page, project email address

April – May 2016: Finalisation of design options

Design development In the community
  • Release of preferred design 
  • Seek formal feedback on a proposed amendment to the Whittlesea Planning Scheme to address planning controls 
  • Refer project to the Minister for Planning under the Environmental Effects Act 
  •  Issue tender documentation to the tenderers
  • Engagement activities – community meetings and information sessions, pop ups at train stations and local shopping precincts, property door knocks and key stakeholder briefings
  • Feedback – Social Pinpoint, feedback form, project hotline number, key stakeholder meetings
  • Online – social media updates, project web page, project email address

Mid-2016: Community feedback considered as shortlisted tenderers develop their designs

Design development In the community
  • Work with companies on their proposed project designs 
  • Provide an update on key project design considerations 
  • Address planning and environmental approval requirements
  • Engagement activities – community information sessions, pop ups at train stations and local shopping precincts, Council and community meetings, property door knocks, key stakeholder briefings 
  • Feedback – Social Pinpoint, feedback form, project hotline number, key stakeholder meetings 
  • Online – social media updates, project web page, project email address

Late 2016: Community feedback continues to inform designs



  • Work with the preferred tenderer to review the design in line with community and stakeholder feedback 
  • Award contract to build the project
  • Engagement activities – community information sessions, pop ups at train stations and local shopping precincts, Council and community meetings, property door knocks, key stakeholder briefings 
  • Feedback – Social Pinpoint, feedback form, project hotline number, key stakeholder meetings 
  • Online – social media updates, project web page, project email address

2017

Design development In the community
  • Commence construction
  • Construction company leads communications with communities and stakeholders to inform about project progress, any disruptions and to minimise construction impacts 
  • Community meetings

** The timing of these activities are subject to change.