The Andrews' Labor government has rezoned 12 suburbs in order to build 50,000 new homes to feed the demand for housing in Australia's fastest-growing city.
Early plans for the new suburbs will include a mixture of employment, residential and mixed-use neighbourhoods, and have town centres, cycling and walking paths, and schools.
The announcement by treasurer Tim Pallas, made at a lunch event held by the Urban Development Institute of Australia, will set in motion plans to build new communities in Melbourne's west, north, northwest and southeast.
The communities will look to sustain Melbourne's 15-year land supply, “which is critical for keeping house and land packages affordable”, Pallas said.
If realised, the new communities could support up to 50,000 jobs, including more than 20,000 in a new employment precinct in Officer and more than 13,000 jobs near Kalkallo and Beveridge.
|Aviators Field||25km South-West||Merrifield||46km North|
|Beveridge North West||42km North||Officer||54km South-East|
|Craigieburn West||35km North||Pakenham||56km South-East|
|Croskell||39km South-East||Shenstone||33km North|
|Kororoit Part 2||29km West||Wallan East||45km North|
|Lindum Vale||32km North||Wallan South||45km North|
“We’re making it easier for people to buy a home in Melbourne – with stamp duty discounts for first home buyers and new communities for people to make their home,” Pallas said.
Pallas exclaimed that more than 48,000 first home buyers across Victoria have benefited from stamp duty exemptions and concessions, saving buyers $850 million.
Planning minister Richard Wynne said the new communities would create jobs closer to where people live, cut commute times and let people live closer to work, schools and services.
“These new communities will be well connected and serviced, with the employment opportunities, parks, schools and transport that will make them terrific places to live,” Wynne said.
Plans have not yet been revealed for infrastructure updates and access to public transport with almost all of the new suburbs outside of Melbourne’s rail network.
Early earthworks are anticipated to begin within the next four years across all twelve sites.
The announcement follows the rezoning the 952-hectares of land in Cardinia Creek South, 285-hectares at Minta Farm in Melbourne’s south-east and 292-hectares in Beveridge Central in Melbourne’s north, late last year, creating 17,400 housing lots.