VICTORIAN Planning Minister Richard Wynne last week approved the 752-hectare Rockbank Precinct Structure Plan, which includes more than 8,000 homes for more than 22,000 people in Melbourne's west.
The new suburb will be bounded 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 kilometres west of Melbourne's CBD and will have a major town centre and public plaza built around the existing train station. The existing platforms at Rockbank Station will be extended and a sealed car park will also be built on the south side of the 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.
Earlier this year, the Victorian 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.
Development levies will raise a total of $220 million for infrastructure, including a new six-lane arterial road connecting the Western Freeway and Greigs Road.
Land has also been set aside for three government primary schools and a non-government primary school, as well as a government secondary school.