A new suburb in Melbourne’s east

Lilydale Quarry

Key facts

Project area: 170 hectares
Development timeframe: 15 – 20 years


The Lilydale Quarry has operated for about 135 years and was once the largest employer in Lilydale.

With the quarry resource nearing exhaustion, and prime residential land in Melbourne’s east running scarce, present-day owners Sibelco Australia saw an opportunity for a new suburb just 40km from the CBD.

Revitalising Lilydale Quarry

Places Victoria provided consultancy services to prepare a master plan for the quarry site with extensive input from the surrounding community.

The master plan, which was lodged with Yarra Ranges Shire Council in July 2015, shows a new suburb with:

  • About 2500 new homes, varying in type to cater for the needs of different households
  • Walking and cycling trails
  • A large public open space on the filled quarry pit
  • A new village shopping strip
  • A future primary school

The first stage of residential development on approximately 19 hectares of land was approved in late 2014.

Having lodged the Planning Scheme Amendment request for the balance of the site with the support of Places Victoria and the Victorian Government, Sibelco is now progressing the future of the site independently.

Involving the community

Places Victoria and Sibelco ran a successful community consultation process, ‘Plan Cave Hill’, which has enabled the Lilydale community to contribute to the vision for the site. The 12 month program used drop in sessions, community forums, focus groups, interviews, online forums and intercept surveys to capture the ideas and feedback of local residents. For more information visit Plan Cave Hill.