New Suburbs In Melbourne’s North

The Andrews Labor Government is building new communities in Melbourne’s north with the services and infrastructure families deserve.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today joined Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Member for Yuroke Ros Spence to unveil Melbourne’s latest suburbs, Donnybrook and Woodstock.

Donnybrook and Woodstock will be developed over a 30-year period, eventually becoming a home for 17,000 dwellings and 2,100 local jobs.

Plans for five local town centres, five convenience centres, six government schools, four non-government schools and 46 hectares of parkland are also included.

The Labor Government is ensuring developers who make a windfall out of new suburbs are giving back by helping fund community services and facilities new residents and families need.

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 Labor 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.

Supply is a cornerstone of housing affordability, which is why the Government is rezoning 100,000 lots of land in key growth areas in two years, and speeding up the time it takes for land to be shovel-ready.

The Government is making it easier for Victorians to buy their first home, with thousands of Victorian first home buyers benefitting from generous stamp duty cuts that came into force on 1 July.

The Government is also making renting fair through a major package of reforms that gives tenants more rights, helps them stay on longer leases, makes bonds smaller and fairer, and cracks down on dodgy landlords.

Quote attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“Donnybrook and Woodstock will be great places to live and raise a family, with nearby jobs for locals and affordable homes that help young Victorians achieve their dream of homeownership.”

Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“These new services will benefit from infrastructure and services upfront rather than having to play catch up as we’re doing in Mernda and Doreen because the Liberals failed to invest.”

Quote attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence

“It’s only fair that developers give back to the communities they are building. We’re ensuring they pay their fair share for schools, parks and services that communities deserve.”

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