VICTORIAN Planning Minister Richard Wynne last week unveiled Melbourne's latest suburbs, Donnybrook and Woodstock, which will be developed over a 30-year period to accommodate almost 17,000 dwellings and 2,100 local jobs.
Located approximately 35 kilometres north of Melbourne's CBD and within the local government areas of Whittlesea and Mitchell, the new suburbs will also feature five local town centres, five convenience centres, six government schools, four non-government schools and 46 hectares of parkland.
The development of the suburbs will be guided by the Donnybrook/Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan (PSP), which covers approximately 1,785 hectares of land generally bounded by Donnybrook Road to the south, the Sydney-Melbourne railway line to the west, Merriang Road to the east and the E6/Outer Metropolitan Ring road reservation to the north.
The PSP outlines a vision for the Donnybrook/Woodstock precincts to "develop as an attractive place to call a home, with a strong emphasis on the retention of natural features and high quality landscaping in an urban environment supported by strong transport connections and community facilities."
According to the plan, residential and business development will capitalise on the Precinct's proximity to the existing Donnybrook train station, as well as the future Lockerbie Principal Town Centre and Lockerbie Train Station.
Amendment GC28 to the Whittlesea and Mitchell Planning Schemes incorporates the Donnybrook/Woodstock PSP and introduces the Urban Growth Zone Schedule 6 to the Whittlesea Planning Scheme and Urban Growth Zone Schedule 4 to the Mitchell Planning Scheme.
A second amendment known as Amendment GC61 incorporates the Donnybrook-Woodstock Metropolitan Greenfield Growth Area Standard Levy Infrastructure Contributions Plan into the Mitchell and Whittlesea Planning Schemes, introduces Schedule 1 to the Infrastructure Contributions Plan Overlay (ICPO1) and applies the ICPO1 to land within the Donnybrook-Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan area.
Mr Wynne said the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) paid by developers will be $115 million, which will go towards land acquisition and construction for a future primary school at Donnybrook – named in the interim as Hayes Hill Primary School – as well as a future CFA and ambulance station, a community hub and sports grounds.
Future GAIC works will include expanded car parking at Donnybrook and a new station at Lockerbie. The State Government is already partnering with the Commonwealth on a $20 million upgrade of Donnybrook and Wallan stations, as part of the Regional Rail Revival package.