The Victorian Government has unveiled two new suburbs in Melbourne’s north; Donnybrook and Woodstock.

Donnybrook and Woodstock will be developed over a 30-year period, eventually becoming a home for 17,000 dwellings and 2,100 local jobs.

Plans for five local town centres, five convenience centres, six government schools, four non-government schools and 46 hectares of parkland are also included.

The Victorian Government is ensuring developers who make a windfall out of new suburbs are giving back by helping fund community services and facilities new residents and families need.

Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence, said, “It’s only fair that developers give back to the communities they are building. We’re ensuring they pay their fair share for schools, parks and services that communities deserve.”

The Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) paid by developers will be $115 million, which will go towards land acquisition and construction for a future primary school at Donnybrook – named in the interim as Hayes Hill Primary School – as well as a future CFA and ambulance station, a community hub and sports grounds.

Future GAIC works will include expanded car parking at Donnybrook and a new station at Lockerbie.

Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, said, “Donnybrook and Woodstock will be great places to live and raise a family, with nearby jobs for locals and affordable homes that help young Victorians achieve their dream of homeownership.”

The Victorian Government is already partnering with the Commonwealth on a $20 million upgrade of Donnybrook and Wallan stations, as part of the Regional Rail Revival package.

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