Upwey Community Group was formed by the merger of two well established volunteer groups, Upwey Township Group (UTG) and Project Upwey (PU).
UTG and PU have operated independently for many years on behalf of the Upwey community. In recent times the groups have collaborated on several projects, and representatives from both groups often consulted with Yarra Ranges Council Officers.
A meeting was held between the two committees early in 2020, to discuss and assess the proposal of a merger between UTG and PU. It was considered beneficial to the community to merge into one group to provide a single public presence and grow the membership base. In August 2021 the merger was formally finalised.
UTG had its origins with the Upwey Village Consultative Committee (UVCC) which was started in the late 1980s. The main purpose of the UVCC was to steer the Shire Council in allocating money for the township of Upwey and to prioritise the works that were to be done. In 2007, the existing Upwey Traders Group merged with the UVCC to then form UTG.
PU was launched in 2014 through encouragement by Council, to develop the Upwey Community Plan and grew to be an active group doing much for the vibrancy of Upwey and its people.