Moonee Ponds Activity Centre

Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Structure Plan

The Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Structure Plan (pdf, 16.27MB) was adopted in March 2010 and updated in June 2012. 

We then prepared an amendment to the planning scheme (Amendment C100) to incorporate the key strategies and requirements of the Structure Plan into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme. Community consultation on the proposed amendment occurred in late 2011, and a number of submissions were received.

The submissions were referred to an independent panel for review.

The Panel Report was received and the amendment was adopted by Council in April 2012. The Minister for Planning approved Amendment C100 and it was gazetted on 30 March 2015. 

Moonee Ponds Activity Centre (MPAC) pilot program

In December 2016 the State Government announced that MPAC would be the site of a new pilot program aimed at improving the management of heights in activity centres and delivering public benefits to the community.

The pilot program will consider how planning controls can be improved to give greater certainty to the community and reflect the strategic planning we have undertaken for MPAC. 

At its meeting on 13 June 2017, Council confirmed its support for and participation in the pilot project and resolved to request the introduction of interim mandatory built form controls within MPAC for a period of 12 months while work is undertaken to establish new permanent built form controls for the activity centre.

This will include a review of building heights, and implementing a range of building form controls such as floor ratios, building setbacks and additional controls regarding overshadowing and wind effects. It will also include exploring the appropriateness of a mechanism to deliver public benefits in the activity centre.

Update October 2017 - interim controls announced

On 3 October 2017 the introduction of interim mandatory built form controls within MPAC into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme was announced by the State Government. These controls came into effect on 12 October 2017.

The 12-month interim controls convert the existing maximum heights, which range from 3 to 16 storeys across MPAC, from preferred to mandatory. They exclude Moonee Valley Racecourse which went through a separate Advisory Committee process.

We expect that the permanent controls will be released for public feedback in early 2018 and the public benefits mechanism will be developed in mid-2018.

View Amendment C183 which introduces the interim mandatory built form controls into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

New park and car park in the heart of Moonee Ponds

We are investigating options to create a new park and build a multi-storey car park in the heart of the Moonee Ponds Activity Centre.

At its 24 October meeting, Council committed $60,000 towards a preliminary traffic study and feasibility study for the project.

The study will investigate using two existing Council sites at 11-25 Shuter Street and 61-71 Hall Street which are currently used as ground level car parks. By converting one of these into a multi-storey car park, the other site can be transformed into a green open space without losing, and potentially gaining parking spots depending on the final design.

We will also be investigating additional community benefits this opportunity presents such as incorporating sustainable transport by providing things like bicycle storage, solar power and electric car charging in the new multi-story car park. We will also look at how the new green space could encourage new community activities such as a market.

We will be engaging with the Chamber of Commerce and local traders during the initial phase and will undertake further community consultation pending the outcome of the feasibility study.

Read the media release (doc, 41KB).

Former Moonee Ponds Market site

For information about the development at the former Moonee Ponds Market site visit the market site web page.

Park and ride trial

Park all day at the Moonee Valley Racing Club for free and catch the shuttle bus to work.

This service has been extended until Friday, 27 April 2018. Please take our short survey - this feedback will help determine whether the service continues after this trial period.

Bus operations

  • Monday to Friday 
  • 7am-10am (racing club to shops)
  • 4pm-7pm (shops to racing club)
  • Buses depart approximately every 10 mins
  • Car park opens 6.30am and gates close 8pm
  • Carpark and bus does not operate on public holidays or the week between 25 December and 1 January
  • To park, enter Moonee Valley Racing Club via the Wilson Street entrance

The bus stops at two central locations:

  • Taylor Street
  • Kellaway Avenue

View the map (pdf, 61KB)

Terms and conditions

The following conditions apply when you enter, leave or use the car park at Moonee Valley Racing Club for the purpose of utilising the Moonee Ponds shuttle bus.

By entering the car park, you are deemed to have accepted these Conditions of Entry and Parking.

  1. You agree to indemnify Moonee Valley Racing Club and Moonee Valley City Council against any loss or damage it may suffer arising out of you negligence or breach of these conditions.
  2. You drive, park and leave your vehicle in the Car Park at your own risk and you remain responsible for your vehicle and any property in or on it.
  3. We may refuse entry to any vehicle or person.
  4. We are not liable, except to the extent required by law, for:
    a) any theft, loss, or damage whatsoever to any vehicle, its accessories, or its contents,
    b) any death or injury of any person,
    while you, your vehicle or your property are in the Car Park or while you are entering or leaving the Car Park.
  5. Vehicles entering the Car Park must comply with:
    a) all applicable Victorian and Commonwealth laws;
    b) all signs and directions contained in the Car Park; and
    c) all reasonable directions and requests made by us from time to time.
  6. You must park within the boundaries of one bay.
  7. You must not obstruct any persons or other vehicles or access to them.
  8. We may, at your expense, move or remove your vehicle if, in our opinion, it is parked in an unauthorised or unsafe position, is unregistered or appears to be abandoned, and if we move your vehicle, these conditions continue to apply.
  9. We reserve the right to retain your vehicle, and all goods in or attached to the vehicle, as security for any money which you owe us under these Terms and Conditions. If you fail to pay any money you owe us, we may sell your vehicle in accordance with all applicable legislation.
  10. If you fail to collect your vehicle prior to 8pm the gates to the Car Park will be locked and your vehicle will need to be collected on the next business day.
  11. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in the issue of a Parking Infringement Notice and you will be liable for the payment of penalties.
  12. No person other than the Moonee Valley Racing Club Chief Executive Officer has the authority to vary, waive or excuse compliance of these conditions.

In these conditions references to:
(a) The Moonee Ponds Bus Shuttle Bus means the free service offered by Moonee Valley City Council, where workers in the Moonee Ponds Activity Centre are encouraged to park at the Moonee Valley Racing Club Car Park and utilise the shuttle bus service.
(b) “we”, “us” and “our” mean Moonee Valley Racing Club Inc. ABN 45 806 588 917, its employees, agents, and independent contractors.
(c) “you” means the person using, or intending to use the Car Park.
(d) “your vehicle” includes a vehicle driven, or intended to be driven, by you into the Car Park.

Moonee Ponds parking map 

Did you know there are more than 1,800 off street parking spaces in Moonee Ponds Activity Centre?

This car park map for Moonee Ponds (pdf, 1.8MB) helps visitors and shoppers locate car parks. You can pick up a hard copy of the map from retail outlets within Moonee Ponds.

Don’t own a car? Moonee Ponds is very accessible by public transport. Plan your public transport journey on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Last updated: Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:23 PM