Planning Minister Matthew Guy today officially opened a $1 billion housing development in Keysborough, one of the largest infill projects undertaken in Melbourne’s growing south east corridor.
Mr Guy said the transformation of 120 hectares of under-utilised land into a new neighbourhood called Somerfield, will pave the way for up to 2,000 homes and more than 7,000 residents.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to planning for Melbourne’s future growth.
“We are continuing to work to increase the supply of housing, to maximise land use to boost jobs, drive investment and provide housing choices to suit a range of budgets,” Mr Guy said.
“It has been a feature of the Coalition Government to bring development to where people expect it.
“The new community at Somerfield will benefit from close proximity to Greater Dandenong’s revitalisation as a major population and business hub and the focus for significant new public and private sector investment in infrastructure and development.
“Thousands of construction jobs have already been created from the existing 500 homes built, and thousands more jobs will be generated by the project as more residents build their homes and move in.
“The local community will have access to great transport connections with the EastLink freeway and soon to be completed Dingley Arterial.
“The community will also have access to jobs with Dandenong and surrounding key employment centres and businesses in the area that will benefit from the flow on spending of the new residents,” Mr Guy said.
The development is planned from the outset to include almost 20 per cent open space with parks, tree-lined boulevards and landscaping, and a recycled water system will be available for each home which can be used for flushing toilets, watering gardens and washing cars.
The project is a joint venture between Intrapac and Brencorp working with the City of Greater Dandenong and capitalises on major Government infrastructure upgrades such as the soon to be completed Dingley Arterial, Westall Rail upgrade, east-west link and additional train tracks as part of the Melbourne Metro.