The Andrews Labor Government is giving the green light to a $1 billion activity centre in Sunshine to create jobs and housing in Melbourne’s west.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved the Sunshine Activity Centre Zone to encourage more local jobs and support development around the existing Sunshine town centre.
The precinct unlocks 19 hectares for mixed-use development, which is expected to generate more than $1 billion in investment, generate hundreds of jobs and reinforce Sunshine as the economic heart of Melbourne’s West.
Mr Wynne said Sunshine would become a prime shopping and industry centre, which will mean more people can live closer to their jobs and services.
The precinct will be positioned to take advantage of the multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link and upgrades to Sunshine Railway Station, ensuring people in Sunshine can travel quicker to Melbourne and across Victoria.
The Labor Government will drive smart development in activity centres such as Sunshine. This means providing for our growing population and reducing urban sprawl by building a better mix of housing options and promoting jobs within walking distance of public transport.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“Sunshine is only 13 kilometres from the CBD. We’re going to make it an industry centre where people can live close to their job, raise a family and have good options for housing.”
“We’re sending a message that Sunshine is ripe for investment and growth, and that liveable communities for Victorians through smart development is the number one priority.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson
“Melbourne’s west is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia. We need to ensure we plan for that growth by planning for people, providing them with the jobs, housing and community support they will need.”
Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman
“As Melbourne continues to grow, we need to plan for our future residents. This new precinct will ensure Sunshine grows sustainably, maintaining its amenity and liveability while encouraging future housing and economic growth.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021