Labor Minister for Planning Richard Wynne last Saturday, November 4, joined Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and the Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence to unveil Melbourne’s latest northern suburbs, Donnybrook and Woodstock.
“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 home ownership,” Wynne said.
Donnybrook and Woodstock will be developed over a 30-year period for up to 17,000 homes.
The government plans for five local town centres, five convenience centres, six government schools, four non-government schools and 46 hectares of parkland in the area.
Developers who make a windfall out of new suburbs will be required to fund community services and facilities new residents will need, according to the Labor government.
Developers will be pay $115 million towards the ‘Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution’ (GAIC), which will go towards land acquisitions and construction for a future Donnybrook primary school.
The GAIC also includes provisions for a future CFA and ambulance station, community hub and new sports grounds.
Other planned works include expanded car parking at Donnybrook railway station and a new station at Lockerbie.
Labor has partnered with the Commonwealth for a $20 million upgrade of Donnybrook and Wallan stations, as part of the Regional Rail Revival package.