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Jobs boost for Werribee

 

By Alesha Capone

 

A town centre to be built in Werribee’s Harpley estate is expected to create more than 380 job opportunities once it is constructed. 

Lendlease last week announced it has appointed Eildon Funds Management to oversee design and delivery of the three-hectare town centre.

As part of the Black Forest Road South Precinct Structure Plan, the Harpley Town Centre is expected to deliver 8000 square metres of retail and 2000 square metres of non-retail commercial space.

The town centre will include a range of amenities, major supermarkets, a state government primary school and specialist services.  

Spanning a number of precincts, it will comprise four sites, to be developed in three stages. 

The first stage is planned to see the arrival of services, including a service station, and is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Subsequent stages have been designed to feature a range of amenities such as a major supermarket and specialty shops, followed by waterside cafes, a dining precinct and a community activity centre. 

In addition, dedicated areas of the town centre are proposed to include a health and wellbeing precinct and an employment hub. 

Lendlease’s Victorian head of development, residential and urban regeneration, Tom Trevaskis, said: “The future town centre is set to become a destination not just for Harpley residents, but the wider Werribee community.” 

Once complete, the 435-hectare Harpley estate is expected to be home to around 12,000 residents.

The Harpley community will also include 100 hectares of open space. Lendlease has submitted a proposal to Wyndham council requesting permission to create a lake with a four-lane rowing course at the estate. 

The opening date of the primary school at Harpley – the Lollypop Creek Primary School – is yet to be announced by the state government.

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