THERE’S no denying Shepparton is a beacon of activity at the moment. New developments and infrastructure are popping up across the city constantly to welcome and support the large numbers of people flocking to our region.
To help account for these numbers, a new suburb will be developed called North East Shepparton that will house up to 1,500 new dwellings and accommodate a population of approximately 4,000 new residents, and provide new and affordable housing options for the region.
The new suburb to be rezoned includes 177 hectares of land in Shepparton’s north-east and will be bound by Verney Road to the west, Ford Road to the north, Grahamvale Road to the east, and a Goulburn-Murray drainage reserve to the south.
The site will feature vibrant open spaces, tree-lined streets, natural features, a local convenience centre, open space and a network of shared paths to create a self-sustaining, high-amenity precinct.
Once fully developed, the existing Shepparton Christian College and Grahamvale Primary School will be integrated into the urban form of Shepparton, with room for expansion allowed for both schools.
The new suburb will be well connected and easy to navigate. Shared bicycle and pedestrian paths will provide direct links to schools and open spaces, including the three new local parks. These paths will also connect community members to a new local convenience and community centre close to the intersection of Ryeland Drive and Verney Road.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe said, “This plan will help satisfy Greater Shepparton’s future housing needs over the next two to three decades and help address housing affordability in our municipality.
“This exciting new residential development area will offer more housing choices to those who want to make Greater Shepparton their home.”
Developers of the new precinct will contribute over $21 million to help pay for the community facilities, drainage, open space and traffic infrastructure required to support the new facility.
The new suburb will meet the expected demand for future housing in Greater Shepparton and will include provision for affordable housing. For more details of the Shepparton North East Precinct Structure Plan, visit www.vpa.vic.gov.au/projects/shepparton-north-east/