Planning Minister Matthew Guy today announced the approval of six Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) which will lead to development of new communities at Diggers Rest, Lockerbie, Lockerbie North, Manor Lakes, Merrifield West and Rockbank North.
Mr Guy said the six new growth area suburbs were set to add to Melbourne's residential and commercial landscape, and would provide for strong, ongoing employment in the construction industry.
"These new communities, developing 37,000 lots of land over the next 30 years, will become home for more than 100,000 people," Mr Guy said.
"Each will provide attractive and affordable housing with access to sophisticated town centres, quality services and thousands of local jobs.
"Melbourne is a great place to live and will continue to retain its status as one of the world's most liveable cities.
"Development of these new suburbs forms part of the Victorian Coalition Government's plan to successfully manage growth and provide great housing and jobs for our growing population.
"Lockerbie will develop to become a major centre in Melbourne's north, with work to begin on construction of a principal town centre and services to support a population of almost 30,000 over the next 30 years," Mr Guy said.
"Merrifield West, in the City of Hume, will also become a new northern suburb through the development of an excellent town centre and access to existing services.
"Lockerbie North in Mitchell Shire will benefit from development around the existing Beveridge township and delivery of additional key services for existing residents.
"Diggers Rest will also have a new suburb to the west of the existing township, adding critical local employment land to the Sunbury growth corridor.
"Rockbank North in the Shire of Melton will be a progressive new development in an area with high biodiversity values, while Manor Lakes in Wyndham will feature two state primary schools, two large new recreation reserves, a local town centre and an important new north-south arterial road for 13,500 new residents over the next 30 years."
Mr Guy said the approval of six new suburbs would provide residents with access to attractive and affordable housing, local jobs and the services they need to enjoy a great lifestyle.
"Melbourne is one of the world's great cities, and by planning for sophisticated new suburbs with great town centres and employment we can continue to build on Melbourne's liveability," Mr Guy said.
"Local councils and the community played a key role in the formation of these PSPs, which were completed as part of an accelerated program to improve land supply in areas requiring an increase in housing lot availability.
"These plans will lead to the creation of new homes for a growing population and deliver new roads, schools, sporting facilities, parks and an array of key community services," Mr Guy said.