Tens of thousands of Victorians are set to call Donnybrook and Woodstock home after the State Government unveiled plans for their development. Donnybrook and Woodstock will be developed over a 30-year period to accommodate almost 17,000 dwellings and 2,100 local jobs.
Located approximately 25 kilometers noth of Melbourne’s CBD and within local government areas of Whittlesea and Mitchell, the new suburbs will also feature five local town centres, five convenience centres, six government schools and four independent 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 home with a strong emphasis on the retention of natural features and high quality landscaping 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 Principle Town Centre and Lockerbie train station.
Developers will pay $115 million towards a future primary school at Donnybrook, Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Ambulance Victoria stations, community hub and sports grounds through the Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution.
Mirvac’s Olivine Estate will sprawl across 187 hectares at Donnybrook with 2,500 homes housing 7,000 residents when completed in 10-15 years. Construction will begin in early 2018 with the first residents expected to be moving in by mid-2019.
Donnybrook and Woodstock are just two of the 17 new suburbs planned in sites across outer Melbourne. They are part of the 17 new growth areas, including 100,000 lots of land, to be re-zoned by the Government over 2 years. To read more about the re-zoning of Melbourne’s outer area refer to our earlier blog article.