The new suburb of Cloverton will be minutes from the existing Donnybrook Station, pictured here in 2010 (Alex1991/Wikimedia Commons)

Major new Melbourne suburb is opportunity for UK firms, UKTI says

6 February 2015 | By Rod Sweet 0 Comments
“We’ll also figuratively lay the foundations for, and in many cases actually develop facilities that residents would expect to see in a vibrant, thriving city of this size”– Mark Steinert, Stockland managing director and CEO

In a few years, this quiet railway station will get very busy...

A major new suburb for 30,000 people is being planned for Melbourne, Australia, and the British government is pushing for UK companies to get involved in associated public-private partnership (PPP) deals.

The AUS$4.6 billion development, to be known as Cloverton, will occupy 1,141 hectares at Kalkallo in Melbourne’s northern growth corridor, 35km from Melbourne’s central business district.

Around 11,000 homes will be built near the small railway station of Donnybrook (pictured here in 2010), although the company behind the scheme, Australian developer Stockland, says a new station is on the cards.

Announcing the scheme last month, Stockland said it would be setting up PPPs to build a regional hospital with ancillary medical facilities, childcare facilities, eight new public and private schools and a regional college or university. The British government’s overseas business promotion agency, UK Trade & Investment, announced the scheme this week on its website, and invited British firms to find out more about the opportunities it presented.

Cloverton will be a city in it’s own right, says Stockland managing director and CEO, Mark Steinert (Stockland)

“Our new masterplanned community at the heart of the northern growth corridor will eventually become a city in its own right, providing homes and recreational areas for more than 30,000 people,” said Stockland managing director and CEO, Mark Steinert.

“We’ll also figuratively lay the foundations for – and in many cases actually develop – the retail, logistics and business parks, employment centres, childcare, primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities that residents would expect to see in a vibrant, thriving city of this size.” 

The company praised new rail lines in Australia for spurring residential development.

“In capital cities throughout Australia, we’re seeing new rail lines as the absolute game changer when it comes to opening up new tracts of land to create viable, sustainable and highly liveable new communities,” said Mike Davis, Stockland’s residential general manager for the state of Victoria.

Photograph: The new suburb of Cloverton will be minutes from the existing Donnybrook Station, pictured here in 2010 (Alex1991/Wikimedia Commons)