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A new health and education precinct for Melbourne’s south east

The Victorian Planning Authority’s plans for the Berwick Health and Education Precinct have been gazetted, paving the way for new homes, jobs and medical and learning opportunities for Melbourne’s south east.

The Berwick Health and Education Precinct Plan will enhance Berwick’s reputation as a cutting-edge health and education precinct and drive infrastructure, jobs and housing.

Located on 122 hectares of land located either side of Clyde Road, north of Princes Freeway and south of Berwick Village, this amendment supports recent expansions of the Casey Hospital and Chisolm Institute. It will encourage existing institutions in the precinct, Federation University, Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Casey Hospital and St. John of God Private Hospital to deepen their presence in the area.

The plan outlines a vision for the area that will ultimately result in up to 11,000 jobs, 700 hospital beds and 1,100 new homes. Residential and commercial uses will be encouraged to support and provide essential services to the growing precinct.

The VPA worked closely with the City of Casey on the plan and the council has further supported the initiative by re-zoning adjoining land for high-quality residential development.

This marks the third project to be approved as part of the VPA’s Fast Track Program, following gazetted plans for Bentleigh East Village and Pakenham East.

The Fast Track program aims to provide certainty for communities about future development, a pipeline of development for industry and future jobs and homes for Victorians as the economy recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also delivers on the Victorian Government’s commitment to create well planned new communities that deliver affordable new housing and high-quality jobs for Victorians.

This brings the tally to over 11,000 homes, 15,000 jobs and $3b in economic value that have been made permit ready by the VPA Fast Track Program

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