VICTORIAN Planning Minister Richard Wynne last week unveiled draft framework plans for three key National Employment and Innovation Clusters, which aim to ensure they can continue to house thousands of workers into the future and safeguard their attractiveness to would-be businesses.
The draft framework plans were created by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), after extensive consultation with key stakeholders including councils, other government agencies and business owners.
The plans make recommendations for future transport upgrades, public areas such as parks and a greater mix of housing options, so that the bustling business clusters can continue to grow.
Draft framework plans have been released for three National Employment and Innovation Clusters, including:
- The Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster;
- The La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster; and
- The Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster.
The Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster is a significant jobs hub in Melbourne's west.
Employers include Victoria University, Sunshine Hospital, the Western Centre for Health Research and Education and the Labor Government is currently building the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital. In total, the cluster is a base for 14,600 jobs.
The Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster is a base for 75,000 jobs – the greatest concentration of workers outside Melbourne's CBD. The cluster's key institutes include the Monash Medical Centre, Bosch Engineering, the Australian Synchrotron and Monash University.
The La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster features business and industrial areas around Heidelberg, Bundoora and Preston. Home to 27,800 jobs, the cluster is boasts the greatest concentration of jobs in Melbourne's north-east.