Five-minute suburb in works for Mambourin, in Melbourne’s outer southwest
22 Jul 2019
An aerial shot of the five-minute community planned for Mambourin, 48km southwest of the Melbourne CBD.
A NEW “five-minute community” where residents will be able to walk and cycle to “everything they need” is planned for Melbourne’s outer west.
Shops, public transport, schools, parks, entertainment and fitness precincts, and even a “major town centre and commercial business district” will be within a five-minute stroll of every doorstep in Frasers Property Australia’s ‘Mambourin’, the developer says.
The $440 million project is set to transform 115ha of vacant land in Mambourin — a rural district 48km southwest of the CBD near Wyndham Vale and Werribee, with a current population of four. That’s expected to swell to 3500 by the time the 1200-lot development is completed in about eight years.
Stage 1 of the project has been approved by Wyndham City Council and is set to be done by the end of this year or early next.
The stage will include 60 residential lots — to be released to the market in late April or May — and a 5.4ha wetland and park with a playground, fitness facilities, and walking and cycling paths.
Frasers general manager for Victoria Sarah Bloom said Mambourin’s new residents would enjoy “a life of convenience”, with the development also expected to enhance Melbourne’s western growth zones by providing amenities “for a much larger area”.
The 115sq m site set to be developed by Frasers Property Australia.
PwC’s City Pulse analysis, revealed as part of the Herald Sun’s Future Melbourne series last week, identified that much of the west was being short-changed on entertainment, public transport, sports centres and open spaces despite being nation’s fastest-growing region.
“Our residents will be able to walk or cycle to everything they need, reducing their reliance on cars,” Ms Bloom said.
She said Mambourin would be built around a planned new train station on the existing Regional Rail Link, so residents would be able to commute to the CBD with ease.
But not all workers will need to commute — a supermarket, up to 50 specialty stores and an entertainment precinct with a cinema planned for the development’s “town centre” are expected to generate local jobs.
About 14ha of the site would also be allocated for mixed-use commercial purposes, Ms Bloom said: “It will be demand-driven, so it’s a bit early to determine what that will be.”
A private school, kindergarten, performing arts centre and library are also on the blueprint for Mambourin, along with a residents’ club with a pool, multi-use court, gym, function room, cafes and barbecue area.
The residential blocks will range in size from 250-800sq m, with house-and-land packages also set to be offered at affordable price points.