29 May 2013 — A massive new mixed use business and residential community in the Hume growth area in  Melbourne’s north was launched last Thursday, 22 May. And the promise is it will be sustainable.

The development will Planning Minister Matthew Guy said Merrifield would create 20,000 jobs and 4000 houses.

“Merrifield will provide critical economic and social stimulus and in the long-term become an important connection to our CBD and growing northern region” Mr Guy said.

The development would exemplify the “20-minute” city planning concept, a key principle of the Metropolitan Planning Strategy discussion paper, enabling people to enjoy a great lifestyle by living close to jobs, services and transport connections.

“It also supports the polycentric city idea which we are working to achieve so that Victoria’s liveability is enhanced by giving more people the opportunity to live close to where they work,” he said.

Located on the Hume Freeway, Merrifield is 30 kilometres from the CBD, seven kilometres from Craigieburn and a 25-minute drive from Tullamarine.

The development includes:

  • a 300-hectare business precinct
  • 110-hectare town centre
  • primary and secondary schools
  • a community centre
  • a regional park with indoor and outdoor sports facilities, playgrounds, waterways, picnic spots and walking and cycling areas.

Stage One of Merrifield is expected to be completed by 2015.