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Welcome to the Donvale Ratepayers Association Incorprated (DRPA) website.  Our association was formed by a group of residents in 2009 who recognised the need to collectively work together to ensure their community interests are given appropriate consideration by Manningham City Council and other organisations.  

Donvale is located 20 kms east of Melbourne and has been a postal district since 1926. The name Donvale is said to be a blend of Doncaster and Springvale, a contraction of the names of the roads on its western boundary. Until the middle of the 20th century the district was predominantly a fruit-growing area. Suburbanisation followed increased motor car ownership and the availability of land after orchard subdivision from the 1950s.

By the end of the 20th century Donvale was an affluent residential suburb featuring Whitefriars Carmelite Monastery, Donvale Indoor Sports Complex (DISC), Donvale Retirement Village, Mullum Mullum Creek Linear Park, and educational institutions such as Donvale Christian College, Montessori Early Education Centre, and a campus of Carey Baptist Grammar School.

Donvale is unique in Melbourne as a majority of the land area comprises 1 acre allotments or larger.  This feature combined with the natural bush surroundings means it is a true "haven from the city" and reflects the reason why so many residents have purchased homes in this area.


  • 23/3/2012 - Manningham Council is currently considering an increase in rates for all unsewered properties in Manningham.  Click here for more information.
  • 3/10/2011 - Coptic Church have applied to the Planning Minister to amend the Manningham Planning Scheme to apply an Incorporated Plan Overlay to their property.  Click here for more information.
  • 18/5/2011 - Multicultural centre in Park Rd, Donvale?  Click here for more information.
  • 9/2/2011 - Manningham Council's and DRPA's "right of reply" and responses to the Coptic Church draft permit conditions to be lodged with VCAT by 16th February.  Coptic Church response to these submissions to be lodged with VCAT by 21st February 2011. 
  • 20/12/2010 - Mathews Sub-Division:  Planning Scheme Amendment C83.  Manningham Council has requested that an independent Panel be appointed to consider the Amendment.
  • 01/09/2010 - The Coptic Church application for the proposed Multi-purpose Venue/Function centre was REFUSED by Manningham Council at their meeting last night.  A big thankyou to everyone who has supported the DRPA in achieving this result.  We expect this won't be the end of this issue and more information about the proceedings and subsequent activities will be posted on this website and distributed to DRPA members .... (click here to read more)
  • 20/07/2010 - Next Mullum Mullum Ward Meeting scheduled for 7:30PM, Thursday 5th August, 2010.  Click here to view the agenda.

  • 13/07/2010 - The Coptic Church application for the proposed Multi-purpose Venue/Function centre is now on the forward agenda for the Council meeting on Tuesday 31st of August, 2010.  The council is still waiting to receive all the relevant documentation they require to complete an assessment of the development.  If you have not already submitted an objection then NOW is the time to do so otherwise you will not be invited to attend the submitters meeting prior to the Council decsion.  Click here to obtain an objection form.

  • 11/06/2010 - The Coptic Church application for the proposed Multi-purpose Venue/Function centre will not be considered at the 29th June council meeting and has been moved to the forward agenda for the July 27 2010 council meeting.  The reason for this is the council has not received all the relevant documentation they require to complete an assessment of the development. Further information will be posted on this website as it is received.

  • 04/05/2010 - As a recent article in the Manningham Leader has highlighted, the efforts of local councillor Meg Downie to oppose the development of a second dwelling at 14 Larne Avenue, have been successful.  The main reason for the decision being upheld at VCAT was due to the development being "inconsistent with the distinctive low density character sought for the area" and that "Low density areas form a buffer between the Green Wedge and Yarra River corridor areas, and are significant as they offer a choice for people seeking a specious and attractive environmental setting... (click here to read more)

  • 24/04/2010 - Manningham Council is currently reviewing the Green Wedge Strategy 2004 and will produce the new Manningham Green Wedge Action Plan by 2011.  As part of the review Council has produced an Issues Paper and welcomes your comments... (click here to read more)

  • 19/04/2010 - Manningham Council is currently investigating a proposal to undertake road and drainage improvements along Park Road in Donvale, between McIntyres and Heads Roads ... (click here to read more)

  • 26/03/2010 - Manningham’s Planning Scheme does not allow nursing home developments in the Green Wedge. Despite this, the On Luck Nursing Home was recently granted permission to expand their facility in the GW zone in Tindal’s Road to three times the size.  Residents are invited to attend the next Council meeting on March 30th to listen to councillors debate this issue... (click here to read more)

  • 15/03/2010 - WE NEED YOUR HELP!   The DRPA has raised $3,000 through memberships and donations, this has been used to inform residents of the Dome Development Information Session organised by council, and to print and distribute roadside signs, T-shirts and flyers... (click here to read more)

  • 03/02/2010 - MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD - every residents opinion counts.  After contacting The Manningham Leader we have been advised that they have received a flood of calls from the Coptic Orthodox Church's congregation, most of whom do not live in the area, giving support for the development.  Don't let public opinion be swayed by people who this development does not affect.  Click here to have your say.

  • 27/01/2010 - More than 200 people attended the public meeting held at the Manningham Council Offices today to discuss the proposed Coptic Church development (a.k.a."The Dome"), with 80% of those being residents who indicated they were opposed to the development.  Click here to read the DRPA's opening statement from the meeting or click here for more information on this development.


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Stop the Dome Development


The Coptic Church have applied to the Planning Minister to seek an amendment to the Manningham Planning Scheme to apply an Incorporated Plan Overlay to the property.

Click here for more infomation


Manningham Leader - The Dome Draws Crowd at Briefing

Above: Kookaburras come home to rest in Heads Road