New Communities To Ease Housing Demand And Create Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting land supply and making housing more affordable, with three new communities in Melbourne’s suburbs.

Newly approved communities of Minta Farm, Cardinia Creek South and Beveridge Central will provide homes and jobs close to schools, trains and upgraded roads.

This is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to ensure a 15-year land supply by planning for an additional 100,000 lots to deliver affordable new housing and high-quality jobs.

The 285-hectare Minta Farm precinct south of Beaconsfield will provide 11,000 new jobs and 3,000 new homes, in an area with a town centre, a government primary school and sports reserve.

The plan includes a new north-south road connecting with the O’Shea Road extension and the Princes Freeway, to create easy access to the precinct.

The 952-hectare Cardinia Creek South precinct south of Officer will provide 10,000 homes, 1,600 jobs, four government schools, two major new parks, 21 local parks, four sports reserves and two town centres.

This project includes wide-ranging upgrades to the road network, including the extension of Thompsons Road, Pattersons Road and Bells Road.

The 292-hectare Beveridge Central precinct will provide 3,400 homes near a primary school and new railway station.

It reserves land for four local parks and sports fields and sets aside space for extensive upgrades to the road network, including a new interchange at Camerons Lane.

These plans are part of the Labor Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy to unlock land and provide affordable new homes in well-planned communities. All land is within the Urban Growth Boundary and was reserved for urban development a decade ago.

Infrastructure Contributions Plans ensure developers contribute to local infrastructure such as roads, parks and community facilities, while Growth Areas Infrastructure Contributions paid by landowners contribute to state infrastructure such as schools, emergency services and public transport.

Details can be viewed at the Victorian Planning Authority website vpa.vic.gov.au.

Quote attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“We’re retaining the liveability and charm of our city while catering for a growing population and helping young people get into their first home.”

Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas

“These new communities will allow more Melbourne residents to own their own home and raise families in neighbourhoods that have the schools, parks, community and transport resources they need.”