Transforming Tarneit to live, work and play

Published: 24 Mar 2022

People sitting on a field watching live music on a stage

Tarneit is one of Melbourne’s fastest-growing suburbs and is home to roughly 35,000 people. By 2041, its population is forecast to reach more than 131,000.

And likely a lot will have changed between now and then.

The Victorian Government is investing $2.5 million into Tarneit, supporting a range of small community-led projects. These will turn Tarneit into a welcoming, modern place for residents – now and into the future.

Tarneit is one of eight suburbs included in the Suburban Revitalisation program, which supports important initiatives that help businesses and the community thrive.

People buying homegrown food from a mobile van

Wide open spaces

The Suburban Revitalisation program is helping improve outdoor spaces, including a network of parks throughout Tarneit.

Peter McKinnon, a director from Wyndham City Council, says this is key for the community, but also to attract visitors.

“COVID highlighted the community’s reliance on the open space network and opportunities to improve outdoor spaces across the network.”

“We’re taking the opportunity to use the Suburban Revitalisation funding to give the community better spaces.”

As part of this, Tarneit will get its first off-leash dog park and three of Tarneit’s most popular parks - Tarneit Lakes, Samaria Street and Camelot Park - will be upgraded between now and the end of 2022.

People riding bikes at Tarneit Train Station

Beautifying Tarneit

Tarneit's revitalisation focuses on the community, helping businesses and attracting visitors.

Tarneit Gardens Shopping Centre has a brand-new mural to welcome visitors.

The nearby Penrose Community Centre is getting a community garden, which will be run by the local Pasifika community. It’s due for completion in mid-2022.

Meanwhile, pedestrian lighting, trees and areas with shelter are being added to Sunset Views Boulevard. It's a key pedestrian link between Tarneit train station and local community facilities.

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Putting on a show

The revitalisation doesn't stop there.

The Tarneit Place Activation Program and Arts Connection and Placemaking Project will bring the community together with live events and local artwork.

Locals can already enjoy outdoor music, festivals, and movie sessions. They can also take part in public art displays.

“The need for such events has shown through positive feedback and appreciation from patrons and performing artists.” Peter said.

Tarneit’s popular Cowies Hill Water Tower will also be lit up with decorative night lighting. This local landmark will become a digital canvas for everyone to enjoy.

“Our upgrades will allow Tarneit residents to get out and make connections, stay active and get healthy.”

Page last updated 24 Jun 2022
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