On Friday 30 July, last drinks were called at the Lilydale VRI. We thank all our long standing VRI members and Lilydale community for making this a special place over the last forty years.
Special thanks to John Smith and Darren Gloury who have spent every Friday for many years manning the clubrooms, without them none of this would be possible!
We had a visit from Yarra Ranges Life TV, watch their tribute to the 'last drinks' at Lilydale, with an interview with Darren and a tour of the clubrooms.
The station rooms are in the process of being packed and we thank all volunteers for their support during this time!
We thank VRI Lilydale members and the Level Crossing Removal Project team for presenting the project works for the new Lilydale station on Friday 30 April.
We learnt about the new island station, pedestrian and rail bridge access along with the works to be carried out to the current station building as part of the heritage overlay, and how this will connect to the new station. At this point we will need to vacate the building at the end of July 2021 as part of these works.
We will continue our conversations with the newly formed VRI Lilydale project committee, local council, VicTrack and community groups in the area regarding our future use of the rooms after the completion of works in approx 18 months.
Please register your interest to become involved and like the VRI Lilydale page along with joining the private Preserve the VRI Lilydale group to learn more about the history and progress of the future use discussions.
Thanks must also go to TAYLAH EASTWELL from Star Mail for joining us on the night and for the article and images (above and below) Hidden bar not ready to call last drinks | Ferntree Gully Star Mail (mailcommunity.com.au)
22 April 2021
Please note that due to last minute unforeseen circumstances we will need to reschedule this presentation to next Friday 30 April. We apologise for any inconvenience and do hope you can make it, same time, same place next week!
8 April 2021
As part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, the Lilydale Station will now be relocated to the other side of Maroondah Hwy. What will this mean for the future of the VRI in Lilydale? At this point we are not sure!
Join us at the VRI Lilydale Clubrooms 4pm Friday 30 April to learn first hand from the Level Crossing Removal Project Team the plans for the site. See how the new will be built and learn more about the works planned for the current station and VRI clubrooms.
Please note, this will be a chance for members to learn more about the plans for the VRI Lilydale Clubrooms but the Level Crossing Removal Project Team are not responsible for the future use of the site, this will be subject to ongoing negotiations with VicTrack, Council and local groups.