Matthew Guy, planning minister for the Australian state of Victoria, turned the first sod of the a 435ha project, which is being delivered by Lend Lease.
“This suburb represents a $1 billion investment in the future of Melbourne’s outer west and ultimately will provide homes for up to 12,000 residents as well as key transport links and open space,” said Guy. “The suburb will showcase development and activation of a water-oriented town centre to help entice commercial investment, create jobs and provide high amenity for residents, workers and visitors in one of Australia’s fastest growing areas.”
The start of works follows a precinct structure planning process led by the Metropolitan Planning Authority in consultation with Wyndham City Council, Lend Lease and the Wyndham community. The structure plan that will guide the development was completed last year. Last month, Guy approved a A$533m infrastructure contributions package to fund key roads, community facilities and services in the Wyndham West sub-corridor, which takes in the Harpley precinct.
Stage one of the development will focus on residential lots on the Black Forest Road section of the site. Lend Lease expects to have the first lots out to market in April 2015 and will construct the town centre in stages as the development progresses. The suburb will be delivered over the next 12 years.