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Live Local: Community

Information on community groups, centres, programs and activities in Upwey.

Upwey is one of the most beautiful rural communities in Melbourne. It is a thriving community with a wealthy economy. It has plenty of outdoor opportunities, which makes it an ideal place for an individual, a family, or a group. There are many aspects to the Upwey community and a few are listed below.

Project Upwey

Project Upwey aims to harness the collective assets and strengths of our township, to consolidate our ideas, to prioritise by urgency and importance, and to provide resources and connections to enable action. Project Upwey is a new group, with an experienced and motivated steering committee, which will develop a whole-of-community plan.

This is your chance to let us know what you would like to know about in your community – please email us at projectupwey@outlook.com

Upwey Township Group

One of the best things about living in Upwey is the eclectic mix of people we have the pleasure of sharing it with. Tradies and traders, professionals and volunteers, young and the not so young, hippies and conservatives, greenies and developers all enjoy our piece of paradise. We share our interests and working lives in the amazing variety of clubs, groups and businesses in our area. Consider for a moment how lucky we are.


Upwey Community Bank

Upwey Community Bank branches, as part of the Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group provide communities with more than just quality banking services – they deliver employment opportunities for local people, keep local capital in the community, are a local investment option for shareholders and provide a source of revenue for important community projects determined by the local community.

Take the next step – contact your local branch manager to discuss your banking needs.

Upwey Community Bank Branch
Luan Hanlen, Tel 03 9754 1200


THE UPWEY FIRE BRIGADE is a volunteer fire service located at the southern end of the Dandenong Ranges. The brigade’s area of primary protection includes the township of Upwey, parts of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, farmland, and other areas of bushland both private and public.

Upwey Fire Brigade was established in 1918 and has the distinction of being the oldest of the 15 fire brigades in the Dandenong Ranges.The Dandenong Ranges are regarded as one of the three most dangerous wildfire zones in the world – arguably behind the southern coast of France and California, however the majority of incidents attended by the brigade reflect the residential/light industrial nature of the urban/rural interface.

Upwey provides secondary support for neighbouring brigades including Belgrave, Belgrave Heights & South, Upper Ferntree Gully and Sassafras-Ferny Creek.


Upwey Tecoma Community, Recreational & Sporting Hub (UT CRASH)

We’re delighted to report some substantial progress for a new facility at the recreation reserve. As reported previously, the site is difficult – a comparatively small part of the land abutting the oval is Council owned, and there are two easements running across it. In our discussions with Council staff, we have agreed to pursue the option of moving the barrelled creek pipe. This will free a sufficiently large piece of Council land to allow an ideal building in the premium location. Delays are always frustrating, but step by step we’re overcoming obstacles.


Graffiti & Safety

Three PSO’s have recently been assigned to Upwey Station. This is part of the State Government initiative to make our trains and stations safer. Metro Trains continues to actively remove graffiti in the subways, and the improved lighting has certainly lifted the appearance and perception of safety. Close to the station on the bike path to Tecoma, some street art now adorns a wall that was previously regularly hit by tagging. We commend the initiative of the Tiffaney Bishop Collective (TBC) whose aim is to engage and encourage talented young artists in our hills. It is UTG’s aim now to expand the project to other sites, including the bike path fence, and we thank Cr Noel Cliff for assistance with funding. TBC has also initiated a program at Upwey High School to involve our young people in the plan.

Upwey Community Link

Yarra Ranges council office to seek assistance in person.
Services include: Council advice and assistance; Public internet access; Council payments; Town planner on site [A Town Planner is available at the link on Wednesday from 9.30am – 12pm (no appointment necessary) general information and lodgement is available at any time]; Mobile phone and domestic battery recycling; Sharps disposal; Disabled parking permits; Requests for maintenance or services.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 12pm

A: 40 Main Street Upwey
T: 9752 6054
E: mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au