Neighbourhood Development

About Neighbourhood Development

Neighbourhood development aims to:

  • develop partnerships between communities and government, built on co-operation and recognition of the creative ideas and skills that neighbourhoods have to offer
  • be an interactive, community based activity that engages local residents to participate in decision-making processes for their neighbourhoods
  • embed the practice of viewing places as increasingly complex systems, and recognise and celebrate the diversity between local communities. 

Neighbourhood Development is a pro-active process of integrating social, cultural, economic and environmental planning that:

  • Develops closer links between the organisation and the community
  • Builds community commitment and capacity to contribute to the development and implementation of Neighbourhood Plans
  • Identifies holistic and sustainable outcomes tailored to reflect the individual and distinctive characteristics of particular local communities.

The Strategic Community Plan focuses on Neighbourhood Development as a key initial step in finding out what is important to people in their local communities.

What Neighbourhood Do You Live In?

Four Neighbourhoods have been identified after considering how community members interact with natural and built facilities in their local areas.

South EastNorth EastSouth WestNorth West
BatemanAlfred CoveKardinyaAttadale
 Mt Pleasant  

Neighbourhood Plans

The City of Melville is proud to release the third edition of the Neighbourhood Plans.  We have again engaged with the people who live, work and play in our neighbourhoods to identify our community strengths and interests. These Plans will guide the way the CIty works with the community, in our neighbourhoods, in the coming years.

People identify with their own neighbourhoods and localities the places where they live, receive services, and make social connections. Neighbourhood planning aims to develop partnerships between communities and government, built on co-operation and recognition of the creative ideas and skills that neighbourhoods have to offer.

Aim of Neighbourhood Plans:

  • Place Making - Neighbourhood hubs are enhanced by place making activities for all ages.
  • Connected, Inclusive Communities - People feel a part of their community and have opportunities to participate in community life.
  • Events and Activities - People can access diverse local events and activities in their neighbourhoods.
  • Sustainable Communities - Community capacity building initiatives for cultivating resilient communities

View the neighbourhood plans

Participate in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey

The City is developing our new Neighbourhood Plans for 2017-2020. 

We are encouraging people who are new Australians with English not as a first language at home, to participate. This is your opportunity to tell us what is happening in your neighbourhood and how we can make Melville a welcoming inclusive City with activities, programs and services that recognises and celebrates our diverse community.

Please let us know if you require any assistance for completing or participating in having your say.

For more information contact our Social Justice Advocate on 9364 0666 or email

Neighbourhood Groups

Kardinya Residents Association

The Kardinya Residents Association has been the voice of our community for more than 35 years and it has helped to develop a vibrant, caring community spirit in Kardinya.

The KRA meet to discuss local issues such as:

  • Community facilities – schools, parks, playgrounds, roads, footpaths, underground power;
  • Community services- rubbish collection, recycling, bus services;
  • Traffic congestion;
  • Aircraft noise; and
  • Crime and security.

If any of these matters interest you, then you should consider joining the Kardinya Residents Association (KRA).

New members are welcome.

For more information contact Fran Martin on 9331 1454.

Palmyra Together

Palmyra Together is a neighbourhood development project that commenced in 2008.

Palmyra Together is a group made up of local residents and has representatives from local churches, the Palmyra Primary School, Melville History Society, Senior Citizens Centre, local business and sporting groups.

The groups priorities are:

  • to share information and link community groups and assets
  • to retain and celebrate local history
  • to work towards a more sustainable community.
Willagee Alive

Willagee Alive commenced in 2003 and is an initiative of Willagee residents. It aims to identify and build upon strengths and assets within Willagee, to build community pride and participation and to make Willagee a great place to live.

Willagee Alive aims to:

  • share information and link community groups and assets
  • retain and celebrate local history
  • work towards a more sustainable community.

Willagee Alive meet regularly at the Willagee Community Centre to discuss projects, ideas and opportunities within the community.

For information on the date and time of the next meeting please contact the Willagee Community Centre on 9364 0848.

Everyone is welcome.

For the latest information about the group please visit the Willagee Alive facebook page

Environmental Friends Group

Melville has more than 100 volunteers from the local area who help on a regular basis to undertake works in the City's lovely bushland, wetland and river foreshore reserves.

Find out more about Environmental Friends Groups.

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