New suburbs launched in Melbourne plus ‘Gov Hub’ for Ballarat

New suburbs launched in Melbourne plus ‘Gov Hub’ for Ballarat

10 November 2017

The Victorian government has unveiled two new suburbs, Donnybrook and Woodstock, in Melbourne’s north as well as a new employment precinct in Ballarat.

Located about 35 kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD, the new suburbs will be developed over a 30-year period, eventually becoming a home for 17,000 dwellings and 2,100 local jobs.

The new developments will include five local town centres, five convenience centres, six government schools, four non-government schools, and 46 hectares of parkland.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said the new suburbs will provide local jobs and affordable homes for young Victorians.

Plans for the new precinct and surrounding areas include up to 200,000 square metres of retail and commercial floor space.

Developers who profit from the new suburbs will be required to fund community services and facilities needed by new residents and families.

For example, developers will pay $115 million Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) towards land acquisition and construction for a future primary school at Donnybrook—named in the interim as Hayes Hill Primary School—as well as a future CFA and ambulance station, a community hub, and sports grounds.

“It’s only fair that developers give back to the communities they are building. We’re ensuring they pay their fair share for schools, parks and services that communities deserve,” said Member for Yuroke Ros Spence.

Future GAIC works will include expanded car parking at Donnybrook and building a new railway station at Lockerbie.

A $20 million upgrade is planned for Donnybrook and Wallan railway stations, as part of the government’s Regional Rail Revival package.

Meanwhile, a new ‘Gov Hub’ precinct in the heart of Ballarat’s CBD will become home to up to 1,000 government employees after the government injected $47.8 million into the project.

“With up to 600 professional jobs coming to Ballarat, we will build the diversity of jobs on offer and help provide career pathways for locals, while attracting more people to live in regional Victoria,” said Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford.

The new building will be integrated in the iconic Civic Hall precinct while delivering modern offices for government employees—creating contemporary work spaces and allowing for greater flexibility and use of technology.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said the community and local businesses will have an opportunity to view the concept design, in coming months.

Image source: Mirvac Olivine