Melbourne will grow into a larger city than Sydney – it’s been predicted more than once and with suburbs in Melbourne’s north, west and southeast are set to flourish under the Baillieu government’s $200 billion growth corridor plans, it could become a reality.
These plans aim to house more than another 1 million in Melbourne people over the next 20 years.
The Growth Areas Authority has identified growth regions around Melbourne’s fringe in which it will develop affordable housing close to shopping centres, schools, health services and jobs.
The blueprint details plans to redevelop train infrastructure, build new major roads, revamp town centres, build 350,000 new homes and create jobs for 400,000 people as well as building new parks and environmental reserves.
“You could potentially house up to 1.3 million people; you are looking at a plan the size of Adelaide.”
Where will all this development occur.
The northern suburbs will house major development, with four new town centres and Donnybrook and Beveridge each receiving new train stations and the Hume Freeway getting extra interchange access in the north and south of outer-metro ring reservations.
The western suburbs will have six new town centres and will have new regional rail link stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit with options at Truganina, Davis Road, Sayers Road and Wyndham Vale South. Toolern and Paynes Road will have new train stations, and Rockbank Melton line will be upgraded.
In the southeast two new town centres are planned.
There are also plans for an outer metropolitan ring road to link the southwest with northeast.
Over the past few years Victoria’s population has increased significantly on the back of its ability to deliver new house and land packages more affordably than any other state. Now that’s interesting isn’t it?
It has a lot to do with government planning and the availability of affordable developable land that the cost of providing infrastructure.
It’s great to see the Victorian government taking the initiative with this forward planning.
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