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.