Two new suburbs are to be built in Melbourne’s west to help house the city’s swelling population.
The suburbs, to be called Plumpton and Kororoit, will be developed 30 km from the city centre on land between Caroline Springs and Rockbank North.
The Melbourne Planning Authority (MPA), which works with local councils and government agencies to plan urban growth, said the new suburbs are expected to attract more than 55,000 residents and 14,000 jobs. 10 schools will be built within them.
Peter Seamer, MPA Chief Executive told The Newsroom: “We have reached this number based on the … size of the land which is almost 2000 hectares.’’
He said the MPA will commission an archaeologist to prepare an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment for the land that would be occupied by the suburbs.
The state government will receive more than $180 million from developers of the suburbs, while the City of Melton council will receive $385 million, Mr Seamer added.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics forecasts Melbourne’s population to grow by more than nine million in 2061 from about 4.4 million now. – Ashley Flockhart