The Victorian Government has given 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 and generate hundreds of jobs.
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.
Mr Wynne said: “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.”
Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson said Melbourne's west was 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," she said.
Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman said as Melbourne continued to grow, planning for future residents was needed.
"This new precinct will ensure Sunshine grows sustainably, maintaining its amenity and liveability while encouraging future housing and economic growth.”