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Highlights Grand Opening of Envirolab Services Melbourne in Croydon South 2018
History[ edit ] View of Croydon and Mount Dandenong Dating back to the land was first utilised by settlers for grazing and the first road cut through the area now known as Croydon, was initially known as Sawmill Road, as a sawmill was nearby. Owing to the coarse silvery-white grass, the area now known as Croydon was first called "White Flats". They preferred this to Mr Lacey's home town, Steeple Bumpstead. The Lacey family has a street named after them near the Main St. In parcels of land were surveyed and the first habitations were constructed with wattle and daub. These were later rebuilt in timber and the area prospered in sheep, beef and dairy farming, and sawmills. Orchards were soon established and thrived. Crops included apples, cherries, pears, peaches and plums. Street names in and around Croydon now reflect the impact orchards had on "White Flats". In a single rail track was constructed through to Lilydale. When opened on 1 December  the station was called Warrandyte. On 1 August it was renamed Croydon railway station. From the mids Croydon started to develop and Mr James Hewish built his home and several other business ventures, including a general store, news agency, butchers shop and hotel, and planted various orchard trees. The Post Office opened on 1 December after the railway line was established. It is now home to EV's Entertainment Centre. In Croydon was proclaimed and gazetted as a town. In the Croydon section of the Lilydale railway line was electrified, with electrification arriving at Lilydale a month later. Croydon railway station was rebuilt in the s. In the early s a Monday market began. The market included live animals, chickens, birds and other small animals. It was a noted landmark and meeting place for locals from neighbouring suburbs until the site was redeveloped in the s. It closed down in Originally Croydon was part of the Shire of Lillydale. In a request was submitted for Croydon to leave the Shire of Lillydale and become its own entity. It was merged, along with the City of Ringwood, into the City of Maroondah in Croydon today[ edit ] Main Street, Croydon, is still the thriving hub and currently has over traders, from eateries, clothing, music, toys, hairdressers, a cinema and many others. The Main Street has ample parking on and behind the shops. The Croydon Market Complex, as it is now known, has been subject to several development applications, including one for a small cinema complex to be built, which did not eventuate. The key tenant being a 19 aisle Coles Supermarket second largest in Victoria and 15 or so smaller traders, including a newsagent, chemist and various clothing, eateries, florist and bakeries. In the early s the site was expanded to include an Aldi supermarket, taking over part of the existing carpark on the Kent Avenue side of the block. Croydon is also served by the Arndale Centre and Civic Square, located on Mt Dandenong Road, opposite the Croydon Park, which has in excess of 20 retail outlets of size and type. During the late s and early onwards, Croydon's housing density and type changed and increased with the advent of 'dual-occupancy'. Many of former large housing blocks were sold and redeveloped. Residents have since then seemed to feel slightly aggrieved with some actions in the City and have more than once stated at Council meetings and in the local newspapers over the years that they are 'second cousins to those in Ringwood '. These are distributed weekly. This resulted in the existing seven wards being amalgamated into three. Retaining three names, each new ward has three Councillors. The new wards are as follows: Leisure and lifestyle[ edit ] In the City of Maroondah built additional leisure facilities in Croydon, in addition to the existing Croydon gymnasium facility in Civic Square. Called Aquahub, it opened in August, Croydon Memorial is located on Springfield Avenue. There has been considerable debate as to the 'viability' of the pool from Council. Petitions were signed and meetings held to try to keep the pool open. In Council agreed to keep the pool open. It is home to varied artistic activities and
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