Up to 1000 public service workers will relocate to VicRoads’ new purpose-built base in Ringwood, signalling an exciting future for the Eastland precinct as the retail, entertainment and commercial centre of the east.

Improvement surrounding Croydon Station and its shopping precinct is also moving forward, demonstrating the council’s commitment to the area’s major shopping and transport hubs.

Major rejuvenation of Maroondah’s village shopping centres has been underway throughout 2022, including Loughnan Rd in Ringwood, Paul Street in Croydon, Bayswater Road in Croydon South and Old Lilydale Road in Ringwood East. And work has begun on the $355 million redevelopment of Westfield Knox in nearby Wantirna, which will deliver a new fresh- food market later this year and an elevated lifestyle and retail precinct in 2023.

The level crossing at Maroondah Highway has been removed and the new elevated Lilydale Station is now open, paving the way for more trains through Maroondah when the Lilydale Line becomes level-crossing-free in 2025.