The Eastland precinct continues to attract major development following the centre’s $665 million revamp, with work underway on a new six-storey office space likely to be home to Eastern Health. It adjoins the Department of Transport’s new VicRoads Customer Service Hub, together cementing Ringwood’s reputation as an in-demand centre for professional and public services.

Meanwhile, generational infrastructure projects such as North East Link and the $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop will improve connectivity and bolster economic growth across the entire outer east region.

Major work has begun to build two new train stations and remove dangerous level crossings at Bedford, Dublin and Coolstore Roads, delivering a crossing-free Lilydale line by 2025. The new Ringwood East Station will feature a 460-space carpark, while Croydon’s state-of-the-art transport hub will include an elevated station, streamlined bus interchange and rail bridge connecting Croydon’s retail precincts.

Maroondah’s excellent sporting facilities remain a major drawcard, with significant developments destined to further enhance the region’s family-friendly credentials. The newly refurbished Cheong Park pavilion in Croydon South and the $4 million Dorset Recreation Reserve pavilion in Croydon were unveiled earlier this year, while a five-lane indoor cricket training centre opening this year at Jubilee Park is set to become a regional women’s centre of excellence for cricket.