Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Masterplan To Deliver 50,000 Jobs In Our Latest New Suburb
Victor P Taffa
Premier Ted Baillieu, Planning Minister Matthew Guy and Minister for Water Peter Walsh today released a draft masterplan for a brand new employment focused suburb on the 770 ha East Werribee Employment Precinct at the State Research Farm in Werribee.
The new suburb will deliver 50,000 high quality jobs across a range of industries and sectors; crucial transport infrastructure and services; a leading edge demonstration of a water sensitive city; and provide more than 7,000 homes.
Premier Baillieu said the business of city building is a major contributor to the generation of jobs and to the Victorian economy.
“The East Werribee Employment Precinct will be the largest integrated business and residential development of government owned land in Victoria since Docklands.” Premier Baillieu said.
“Today’s announcement includes a new freeway interchange; integrated employment and residential areas; high quality urban design; and the application of world leading practice in sustainable water usage.”
Mr. Guy said the launch of the draft Precinct Structure Plan for the 770 ha site demonstrates confidence in Melbourne’s west and lays the foundations for a new business and residential heart of the western growth corridor.
“This project is yet another example of how Melbourne is leading Australia in the drive for new urban renewal, both in existing suburban locations and the inner city.” Mr. Guy said.
“East Werribee is in the heart one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas and is a prime location for increased residential and commercial activity.”
Situated 25 km from the centre of Melbourne and 40 km from Geelong city centre East Werribee is strategically located close to the Port of Melbourne, Tullamarine Airport and Avalon Airport.
“The development will close the gap between demand and supply of professional employment opportunities in the Wyndham growth area and in Melbourne’s west.” Mr. Guy said.
“The precinct will also build on the 2,000 jobs that already exist at the site, which already includes an innovative health and learning precinct.”
Growth Areas Authority Chief Executive Officer Peter Seamer said that once complete, the East Werribee masterplan would deliver high quality jobs and facilities just minutes from residents’ homes.
“The vision we have for the future is one where people living in our newest suburbs have access to local jobs, town centres and services they need without spending two hours in the car or train each day travelling to where they need to be.” Mr. Seamer said.
“East Werribee will deliver this vision and together with the Werribee City Centre will create a vibrant capital of Melbourne’s west.”
A draft masterplan will be available for community consultation from Tuesday 27 November. Public submissions will be accepted up until Monday 11 February 2013.