Matthew Guy

13 June 2012 – Victorian’s urban sprawl gates have been thrown open again.

This time Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced six new suburbs for Melbourne. He also on Wednesday announced completion of the Growth Corridor Plans and released the results of the Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee report.

Mr Guy said the projects would ensure Melbourne continued to enjoy its status as one of the world’s “most liveable cities.”

The six new Precinct Structure Plans will lead to development of new communities at Diggers Rest, Lockerbie, Lockerbie North, Manor Lakes, Merrifield West and Rockbank North.

“These new communities, developing 37,000 lots of land over the next 30 years, will become

home for more than 100,000 people,” Mr Guy said.

“Lockerbie will develop to become a major centre in Melbourne’s north, with work to begin on construction of a principal town centre and services to support a population of almost 30,000 over the next 30 years.

In a separate statement Stockland said its massive 1120 hectare Lockerbie estate, between Kalkallo and Beveridge,  would be “largest greenfield residential project ever undertaken in Victoria.”

The minister said: “Merrifield West, in the City of Hume, will also become a new northern suburb through the development of an excellent town centre and access to existing services.

“Lockerbie North in Mitchell Shire will benefit from development around the existing Beveridge township (and) Diggers Rest will also have a new suburb to the west of the existing township, adding critical local employment land to the Sunbury growth corridor.

“Rockbank North in the Shire of Melton will be a progressive new development in an area with high biodiversity values, while Manor Lakes in Wyndham will feature two state primary schools, two large new recreation reserves, a local town centre and an important new northsouth arterial road for 13,500 new residents over the next 30 years.”

Meanwhile, Mr Guy said the completion of a review by the Victorian Government of the Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee would lead more land supply – a total of 5958 hectares – and enable fast track planning for population growth.

He said that the inclusion was “significantly less than the 43,000 hectares included in 2010” by the previous government.

Inclusions in the metropolitan boundary include Wallan township in Mitchell Shire; land in Greenvale and Mickleham in the City of Hume; Brookfield, Kurunjang and Melton West in the Shire of Melton; Point Cook and Werribee in the City of Wyndham; land in Cranbourne South in the City of Casey; an area east of Pakenham in Cardinia Shire; and a small parcel in South Morang in the City of Whittlesea.

Growth Corridor Plans, developed over the 18 months, would identify broad transport networks, industrial and employment zones, residential areas and recreation precincts for the next 30 years, Mr Guy said.

Stockland said its  Lockerbie estate would aim for sustainability outcomes. Details are still being formulated but a statement issued by the company said: