Wonthaggi’s set for a housing boom

MORE than 5000 homes will be built in Wonthaggi under an ambitious plan by the local council to consolidate the town’s role as a “regional growth centre”.
The Bass Coast Shire Council is pushing ahead with major plans to turn 456 hectares into residential development in the town’s north-east.
It means future councils won’t be winging it when it comes to estates and will instead have land earmarked for residential development.
The Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan will soon land on the desk of the planning minister.
If given the tick of approval, the plan will help guide the town’s growth over the next 30 to 50 years.
And it’s not just houses the council’s expecting to see, although they believe those homes will see 12,000 new residents.
Around 3000 jobs will be created after an additional 61 hectares are transformed into business and industrial areas.
There will be 101 hectares of open space, including pedestrian and cycling trails.
There will be a site earmarked for a new primary school and next to it; two ovals, a playground, clubhouse and netball courts.
There’s also a provision for new community and village hubs, which will serve as community meeting spaces as well as possibly a parade of shops and cafes.

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