New Suburb For Melbourne’s West To House About 22,000 People Plus Pets

New Suburb For Melbourne’s West To House About 22,000 People Plus Pets

Victoria Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

New Suburb Approved For Melbourne’s Thriving West

Victor P Taffa

A major residential precinct in Melbourne’s booming west has been approved, which will be home to more than 22,000 people.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved the 752 ha Rockbank Precinct Structure Plan, which includes more than 8,000 homes.

The new suburb will be bound by the Western Freeway to the north, Paynes Road to the west, Greigs Road to the south and the future Outer Metropolitan Ring Road corridor to the east, beyond Troups Road North.

Rockbank is about 30 km west of Melbourne’s CBD and will have a major town centre and public plaza built around the existing railway station.

Future residents will be able to take the train to employment precincts around Caroline Springs, Sunshine and the future jobs hubs in Toolern and Mt. Atkinson.

The existing platforms at Rockbank Railway Station will be extended and a sealed car park will also be built on the south side of the station.

Earlier this year, the Andrews Government announced it was investing $518 Million to duplicate the Ballarat Railway Line from Deer Park to Melton, with works to begin early next year.

“More and more people want to call the west home and they deserve the opportunity to buy affordable land and build their homes.” Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz said.

“Approvals like this keep the dream of a new home within the reach of many Victorian families.”

Development levies will raise a total of $220 Million for infrastructure, including a new 6 lane arterial road connecting the Western Freeway and Greigs Road.

Land has also been set aside for 3 government primary schools and a non-government primary school, as well as a government secondary school.

“This is good planning in action, we are supporting a new community by making sure there is infrastructure in place as the suburb develops.” Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said.

Residents will enjoy 4 new local sports reserves, all with pavilions, and a regional sports reserve to serve the wider growth corridor.

Neighbourhoods will be connected by waterways and wetlands, including a dedicated conservation area along Paynes Road.