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Minister unveils plans for Mt Atkinson

A new suburb to house more than 20,000 residents south-west of Caroline Springs has been approved.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved the 1500ha precinct structure plan for Mt Atkinson, which will feature more than 8000 dwellings and become home to more than 22,000 people over the next 15 years.

In a ground-breaking move, the arrangements for delivery of two government schools, community facilities and land acquisition for a future train station have been agreed in principle with the developer Stockland and Mount Atkinson Holdings before rezoning.

The community will be a hive of jobs, with up to 19,000 long-term jobs in retail, commercial, industrial, office, education and home-based businesses to be created in Mt Atkinson and the adjacent Tarneit Plains precinct.

A Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution of more than $100 million paid by the developers will also cover a CFA station and early delivery of a new bus service connecting to Rockbank Station.

Sports grounds, a conservation reserve, community centres and kindergartens are also funded under a separate agreement with the Melton Council.

“Mt Atkinson is going to be a great place to live and to raise a family, with jobs for locals on their doorstep and affordable housing so that young Victorians can achieve their dream of home ownership,” Wynne said. “We’re making it easier for all Victorians to buy their own home in a great location close to jobs and schools.”

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