Wantirna Health Precinct
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working in partnership with Knox City Council and State agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and VicRoads to establish a new integrated health precinct for Wantirna. The preparation of a master plan for Wantirna Health Precinct will include specialist technical investigations as well as key stakeholder and community engagement.
The plan will provide a framework to guide the site’s transition towards a specialised health precinct that includes a wide range of complementary medical services, employment, education and research facilities, training opportunities, accommodation, access and transport. The plan and supporting planning scheme amendment will also facilitate the future development of the VicRoads land which has been identified as surplus to VicRoads needs.
You can read the Wantirna Issues and Opportunities Report – June 2019 by clicking here.
We’re committed to hearing the community’s feedback on ideas for the Wantirna Health Precinct. For more information, or to provide comments, go to our Online story map.
Through the community engagement in July 2019, the VPA will introduce the project, roles of the key stakeholders and the emerging Vision for the Precinct.
We seek your input into the identification of key issues and opportunities to be able to build a better understanding of the place and capture key concerns, local needs and aspirations to be addressed by the Masterplan. While ‘the Vision’ for the precinct to transition towards an integrated, specialised and sustainable health precinct is determined by the State and Local Policy directions, your input will guide key planning initiatives such as future improvements to public space, connectivity, site design and community facilities.
The feedback collected in July 2019 will be built into an engagement summary report and made available to the community via the Draft Masterplan consultation planned for later in 2019.
For more information, or to provide comments, go to our Online story map.
The majority of the land is owned by the state government, with parcels belonging to Department of Health and Human Services and VicRoads, there is also a parcel in private ownership.
About the Precinct
Wantirna Health Precinct is a State significant health precinct and will help to support and complement existing health services in Wantirna and create new opportunities for a wide range of health-related services, employment, education and research.
As identified in Plan Melbourne (2017-2050), the purpose of health and education precincts is to stimulate innovation and create employment. Health and education precincts are of fundamental importance to the emerging knowledge economy and surrounding communities.
Located approximately 25km east of Melbourne CBD within the municipality of Knox, the Wantirna Health Precinct covers approximately 21.8 hectares of land in Wantirna. The site is located immediately to the west of Knox Private Hospital and includes Wantirna Health.
It is generally bounded by Eastlink Reserve to the west, Boronia Road to the north, Mountain Highway to the south-east, and Wantirna Road to the east.
The VPA’s role is to provide a masterplan, an infrastructure funding plan and proposed planning scheme amendment documentation for Wantirna Health Precinct to the Knox City Council.
To guide the preparation of the masterplan, the VPA has convened a project steering group consisting of representatives from Knox City Council, Department of Health and Human Services, VicRoads and Eastern Health.
The issues and opportunities paper provides an overview of Wantirna Health Precinct to support future land use planning of the site within a wider context. With consideration of planning policy, social and economic context, the paper identifies key issues and opportunities for the site.
This report will inform the next stage of the project which will include preparation of a Draft Masterplan, an Infrastructure Funding Plan and draft Planning Scheme Amendment.
In order to deliver a health precinct masterplan, the priority will be applying a suite of land use zones in the Knox Planning Scheme that promotes the health and health related uses on the site. Some areas of the site may need to be rezoned, either by the Minister for Planning or by Knox City Council. Each land owner will then be able to develop their land in accordance with the masterplan having regard to what is intended for adjacent parcels.
What is a Framework Plan?
The preparation of a Masterplan for Wantirna Health Precinct will provide a framework to guide the site’s transition towards a specialised health precinct that includes a wide range of complementary medical services, employment, education and research facilities, training opportunities, accommodation, access and transport. The plan will help optimise the site opportunities and coordinate development on different land parcels over the long term.
An infrastructure funding plan will set out what transport and community infrastructure required to support the future development. The plan will identify how much money is needed for these items and then the costs will be apportioned to the various land parcels. The infrastructure funding plan will also identify who is responsible for delivering the infrastructure.
The feedback collected in July 2019 will be built into an engagement summary report made available to the community. A Draft Masterplan will then be prepared for consultation later in 2019.
The input provided into the identification of issues and opportunities will build a better understanding of the place and appropriately capture the key matters to be addressed by the Masterplan for Wantirna Health Precinct.
The VPA and Knox City Council are hosting drop-in community engagement events where you can speak to the project team and provide feedback in person.
Register below to meet with the VPA and Council Staff:
Drop-in Session 1
Knox City Council – Civic Centre Foyer:
511 Burwood Hwy
Wantirna South, VIC 3152
Date and time
Tuesday 16 July
- 12pm – 2pm and;
- 5pm – 7pm
Register for the Tuesday 16 July drop-in session via Eventbrite by clicking here.
Drop-in Session 2
Wantirna Health Seminar Room:
251 Mountain Hwy
Wantirna, VIC 3152
Date and time
Thursday 25 July
- 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Register for the Thursday 25 July drop-in session via Eventbrite by clicking here.