Bass Coast Shire Council today received the green light for the growth of Wonthaggi North-East, which it says will pave the way for new homes for more than 12,000 people.
The Council says the Wonthaggi North-East Precinct Structure Plan will double the size of Wonthaggi and expand the business and industry precinct to provide major investment and new jobs for the region.
The Victorian Government today gazetted the plan, unlocking 444 hectares of residential land for development. More than 5,000 homes are expected to be established in the precinct over the next 30-50 years.
Mayor, Clare Le Serve said the development would provide much needed affordable housing options, employment opportunities and community amenities to cater for the rising Bass Coast population.
“This major project is a game-changer that will unlock huge opportunities for the region and guide the development of a new growth area in Wonthaggi for future generations,’’ Mayor Le Serve said.
“The area will undergo a full transition of land use into a large-scale residential development and community infrastructure. This will allow for a considerable population increase and provide for a range of land size options to suit all housing needs.
“The project reinforces Wonthaggi’s role as a regional centre as well as delivering community facilities, a primary school, local parks, over 90 hectares of open space, trails and a new sports reserve for residents. The area will be ready to fully take advantage of the opportunities presented in proximity to the metropolitan area and the surrounding Gippsland region.”
Mayor Le Serve said the project would also open up over 60 hectares of commercial and industrial land creating 2,940 jobs over the life of the plan.
“It will provide employment opportunities by allowing commercial and industrial businesses to establish on the Bass Highway. The plan will ensure that new communities are integrated with the existing town through road connections and tree-lined streets. The extensive pathway network will connect residents to parks, sporting and community facilities, bushland, the existing township and the Bass Coast Rail Trail,” she said.
The Wonthaggi North-East Precinct Structure Plan was identified as a project on the Victorian Planning Authority’s (VPA) Fast Track Program.
Wonthaggi has seen significant growth in the last five years, with Victoria’s COVID lockdown period being a major contributing factor to those favouring alternative regional living.