What's happening?

The Arden and Macaulay urban renewal area is located less than three kilometres north-west of the central city of Melbourne, close to the Parkville National Employment and Innovation Cluster.

Including industrial segments of North Melbourne and Kensington, it will be renewed to transition into a sustainable living and working environment.

The urban renewal area of Macaulay has already been rezoned to cater for population growth. The urban renewal of Arden is now being planned around the new Arden Station. The area around Arden Station, called Arden Central, will have the most intensive commercial and employment uses and a major civic space.

Both Arden and Macaulay will be planned to reflect best practice in energy, water and waste resource management. The Moonee Ponds Creek corridor will be upgraded and new public spaces, including neighbourhood parks and plazas, will be introduced.

Who's involved?

The renewal of Arden and Macaulay involves a range government agencies, including the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the Victorian Planning Authority, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the City of Melbourne, with input from key partners such as the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, Melbourne Water and VicTrack.

The City of Melbourne and government agencies will work collaboratively during the planning and delivery of key strategic projects occurring within the Arden and Macaulay urban renewal area.

As the various government agencies continue to work to ensure the vision for this area is realised, each agency also retains responsibility for leading and delivering a variety of strategic projects. To find out more about specific projects, click on the relevant tile below.


More than 50,000 naming suggestions were received for the Metro Tunnel stations, and the final names were revealed this morning: North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Anzac and Town Hall.

29 November 2017

The Minister for Planning has approved both Amendment C190 (Part 1) and Amendment C295.

25 October 2017

The Minister for Planning has appointed a panel to hear and consider submissions received for Amendment C190 (Part 2).

25 October 2017

The competition to name the new station in Arden and the other four new Metro Tunnel stations has come to a close.

23 October 2017

Victorians are being given a once-in-a-generation chance to make their mark on Melbourne by naming the Metro Tunnel’s five new underground stations.

29 August 2017

The Victorian Premier and Minister for Public Transport have announced that the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) will build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations - including Arden station.

16 July 2017

The Victorian Government has announced plans to give first home buyers priority in government-led urban renewal developments.

6 March 2017

The VPA has received extensive community and stakeholder feedback on the Draft Arden Vision & Framework and is using this information to inform the final Arden Vision & Key Directions.

11 February 2017

The Lord Mayor, Victorian Minister for Planning, Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects and Victorian Planning Authority Chief Executive launch the Draft Arden Vision & Framework 2016.

1 September 2016