Communities in Melbourne’s east and southeast have a unique opportunity to shape the future of their neighbourhoods around Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) stations, helping to support thriving centres with more quality housing options, services and job opportunities in established areas where people want to live.
SRL will not only transform our public transport network – it will help reshape how Melbourne grows in the decades ahead. We’ve been talking to local residents, businesses and councils for several years about what they value most about their areas and how they would like them to grow and evolve.
Building on these conversations, we’ve released the SRL Precincts Discussion Paper and are inviting people to share their vision for the future of these growing areas.
Residents, traders and local stakeholders can contribute through face-to-face sessions and online - through the Engage Victoria website. Expressions of Interest have also opened for Community Panels, which will offer further opportunities for in-depth planning discussions with representatives from the community. If you’d like to participate, visit engage.vic.gov.au/suburban-rail-loop
Feedback from the SRL Precincts Discussion Paper will inform the formal planning process for the areas around the SRL East stations. Later this year, detailed draft Precinct Visions for each of the 6 station areas will be released - outlining potential new housing options and land use changes.
The new underground stations will attract activity and investment – generating more jobs closer to where people live, quality and affordable housing options, and more services like schools, parks, playgrounds and other local infrastructure.
We are also delivering benefits to neighbourhoods around SRL East stations – well before trains start taking passengers by 2035. A new park and playground along Lundgren Chain Reserve in Burwood opened in May and our Community Projects Fund is supporting local groups to deliver more community sport, gardens and events.
Construction of SRL East from Cheltenham to Box Hill will create up to 8000 direct local jobs and is powering ahead, with works underway this year in Box Hill, Burwood, Glen Waverley, Clayton, Monash and Heatherton – paving the way for tunnelling to start in 2026.
Community members can join the conversation and share their vision for their neighbourhood by visiting us at Engage Victoria.