WHY MELBOURNE’S WEST IS THE CITY’S FASTEST GROWING
Home to some of Australia’s most rapidly expanding suburbs, residents to the area are poised to reap significant rewards in terms of lifestyle and capital growth, as supported by strong government investment.
Discover the top five reasons why Melbourne’s north-west is currently thriving and why more residents than ever before are rushing to reserve a slice of the lifestyle on offer.
Linking the north-western suburbs to Melbourne’s CBD are numerous public transport connections and major roads. The Sunbury and Werribee lines service much of the western suburbs, with recent upgrades to the Service ton railway line now connecting Melton, Caroline Springs and Deer Park to the CBD. Works currently underway to develop the new Melbourne Metro Tunnel will facilitate 60 per cent more capacity on the Sunbury line during peak periods.
Several major arterial roads across Point Cook, Truganina, Tarneit, Laverton North, Werribee and Hoppers Crossing will commence $1.8 billion worth of upgrades in 2018, creating 1200 jobs and alleviating congestion. In an Australian first, this suburban road network will be maintained for 20 years under a public-private partnership. New suburbs and housing estates planned to support this area’s development will also spur the creation of new town centres, hospitals, parklands, childcare and education facilities.
Melbourne’s north-west boasts numerous dining and shopping options reflective of the area’s diversity and rapid gentrification. One of the region’s best kept secrets is its proximity to boutique wineries. Fraser Rise (the suburb previously known as Plumpton or Taylors Hill West) for example is home to Witchmount Estate and Galli Winery, and is a short drive from the heart of the Sunbury wine region.
New estates offering enticing land opportunities in the booming north-west, such as ‘Aldo’, which is located prominently along Melton Highway in Fraser Rise, are set to offer the perfect lifestyle balance for residents, being just a short drive from the area’s wineries, while still enjoying all the benefits of the CBD just a 30-minute drive from home.
The outer-west in particular enjoys a picturesque location surrounded by the spectacular Organ Pipes National Park. The City of Melton alone encompasses over 300 beautiful parks, gardens, recreation areas and playgrounds that is the perfect setting for families to enjoy with their loved ones and enjoy a happy, healthy lifestyle.
Population growth across Melbourne’s western suburbs has driven significant investment in improving and establishing new schools across the region. Major projects currently in the works include the Footscray Learning Precinct (Australia’s first preschool to postgraduate education precinct), five new schools in Tarneit, two in Point Cook, one in Fraser Rise, and one in Wyndham Vale.
Among these schools’ state-of-the-art facilities will be competition-grade sports grounds, performing arts theatres and open-plan teaching layouts. Residents of ‘Aldo’ will be lucky enough to access these new education opportunities with ease, and will even be just a short walking distance from the estate’s very own proposed non-government secondary school, located within the masterplan.
Perhaps the most thriving aspect of Melbourne’s north-western suburbs is its rapidly expanding employment sector. Since February 2000, Melbourne’s west is one of only two regions in Australia where job growth has exceeded 90 per cent – more than double the national average. Sectors underpinning this economic growth are the construction industry, which has seen more than 20,000 new jobs created across the state in the past year alone.
New housing is in high demand to support this region’s rising population, which is predicted by the state government to accommodate more than 40 per cent of Melbourne’s city’s metropolitan population growth over the next 40 years. Another major project proposed to create a further 100,000 jobs in the west by 2050 has been announced. Titled the ‘Australian Education City’ this $30 billion project will provide new housing for 80,000 residents and educate 50,000 students.
With so many new and exciting community facilities either underway or in planning for the north-western growth suburbs, there is one suburb in particular that’s perfectly poised to take advantage of advances to the west; Fraser Rise. Previously known as Plumpton, Fraser Rise is one of the 11 new suburbs in the Melton growth area announced by the state government in 2017. New communities such as Aldo, are poised to welcome a host of new residents to the new suburb in the coming years, with the premium estate delivering over 700 lots surrounding an expansive central park and lush wetlands reserve.
Estates like Aldo are offering residents the opportunity to purchase land for relatively entry-level prices before they rise in similar fashion to those in the surrounding, more established suburbs. Aldo is already connected to existing amenity in Caroline Springs and Taylors Hill, while the addition of a future non-government secondary school and playing fields will offer even more convenience for residents. A short stroll from Aldo, residents will also be able to enjoy further amenity with a town centre, schools and recreation centre all planned to be delivered in the coming years.