Works Summary

Proposed works for Barkers Road, Malbar Street, Merlin Street and Nicholls Road, Chum Creek

As these roads are within a Green Wedge Zone, Council’s intent is to provide a sealed road with minimal impact to the existing road formation and environment.

To achieve this objective, it is proposed to construct:

  • Sealed pavement varying from 3.5 - 5 metres wide
  • Sealed passing bays provided at intervals along the road

The road width will be determined by the width of the existing gravel road formation and the presence of significant vegetation. Should the project proceed, the management of stormwater runoff will be considered during the design stage.

Total length of road to be constructed is approximately 1022 metres.

Property Crossovers

As part of the works, any existing property crossovers will be reinstated to the new road level using a similar material and as close to their current standard as possible.

If a landowner wishes to have their crossover upgraded from crushed rock to concrete or asphalt as part of the project, they may approach the contractor undertaking these works for a quotation, noting that this is a private agreement between the landowner and the contractor.


In 2019 the Federal Government announced a nine year, $150 million funding plan for Yarra Ranges Council to seal roads within the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding areas. This funding program has been named the Roads for the Community Initiative.

Council has prioritised roads that will be constructed through this program to ensure funding is used in a way that will provide maximum benefit to the greatest number of residents and visitors to our area. For information explaining how priority was assigned, please see Roads for the Community FAQ's.

This project has been listed for construction under the Roads for the Community Initiative program and will be facilitated by means of a Special Charge Scheme, whereby landowners and Council form a partnership to fund construction.

Project Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - active

    Landowner consultation

    • Questionnaire sent to all landowners affected to gauge your support for proposal.
    • Special Charge Scheme road construction projects only proceed where both Council and a majority of landowners are supportive of the proposal.

    Questionnaire now complete - results under review June 2022

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete


    • Council’s Project Engineer will coordinate feature survey and design
  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Landowner briefing

    • Accessible online via Council’s website.
    • Invitation letter sent to landowners
    • The briefing will outline design and Special Charge Scheme Statutory process.
    • Transcript available in related links
  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Intent to levy

    • Report to Council
    • Intent to Levy Notice sent to landowners
    • Landowners may submit formal submissions
    • Review of submissions
    • Report to Council with submissions
  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete


    • Declaration of Special Charge Scheme Notice sent to landowners
    • Landowners may apply for Council’s Declaration of the Special Charge to be reviewed at VCAT
    • If no appeals to VCAT the project will be tendered
    • If an appeal is lodged at VCAT the project will be put on hold until a written decision has been made
  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete


    • Contractor engaged via tender
    • Notification of works commencement letter sent to landowners
    • Works complete
    • Final costs of project reported to Council
    • Letter sent to landowners to notify final cost

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Roads for the Community Initiative Team
Phone 1300 368 333