Future development in Melbourne's largest and fastest growth area in the City of Wyndham is secure following action on water supply by the Victorian Coalition Government.
Minister for Water Peter Walsh and Minister for Planning Matthew Guy today announced the West Werribee Dual Water Supply Project will now progress quickly following an amendment to the Wyndham planning scheme.
"The West Werribee Dual Water Supply Project will ensure this area has timely access to the infrastructure needed to supply drinking water and Class A recycled water to housing developments currently underway and also to the numerous open spaces across the Wyndham municipality," Mr Walsh said.
"Once completed, the project will be supplying recycled water to an estimated 20,000 homes and 143 hectares of community open space, and it is expected to save 3.1 billion litres of drinking water each year by 2035.
"The West Werribee project aligns with the Coalition Government's commitment to ensure our state makes better use of all our water resources, including stormwater, rainwater and recycled water, and to increase the livability of Melbourne and Victoria's regional cities. That is what our Living Melbourne, Living Victoria program is all about," Mr Walsh said.
Following council support for advancing the project, Mr Guy amended the Wyndham planning scheme to ensure the project did not delay development in the West Werribee area.
"Wyndham has experienced the largest and fastest growth of any Victorian local government area and is the third fastest growing in Australia. Its estimated residential population will exceed 245,000 people by 2021," Mr Guy said.
"This decisive action by the Coalition Government will support livable and sustainable communities and the housing estates that will benefit from this project include Manor Lakes, Bluestone and Riverwalk," Mr Guy said.