South Morang is named after the area of Morang where the suburb exists today. In 2015 there were an estimated 21,000 people living in South Morang with a 9 per cent increase forecast by 2036 to 23,100. In 2015, 25 per cent of residents were aged between 35 to 49 years.
This place snapshot provides a summary of future development in the South Morang area for current and future residents, business owners, investors and community groups.
For snapshots of development in other areas, see Place Snapshots: A Guide to Development in Your Area.
South Morang is located 23 kilometres northeast of Melbourne’s city centre and covers an area of approximately 19 square kilometres.
South Morang is named after the area of Morang where the suburb exists today.
European settlement started from 1870s with the post office opening in November 1873 followed by the first primary school in 1877.
The South Morang Local Structure Plan (1997) guides development within the South Morang area, but can be subject to change.
These plans show the proposed development for a number of developments within South Morang. Development of these sites will generally follow the plans but is subject to change.
Some of the plans below are only extracts from the full development plans. To request a complete plan with related policy content, or if you are unable to access the information in these documents, please call 9217 2346.
Council is advocating to the state government to invest in a Civic Precinct on the Civic Centre at Ferres Boulevard that potentially includes:
Precinct Structure Plans are high-level master plans for whole communities. They lay out roads, retail hubs, schools, parks, housing, employment, connections to transport and generally address biodiversity, cultural heritage, infrastructure provision and funding through the development contributions plan.
The State Government’s, Metropolitan Planning Authority, in partnership with Council, has currently prepared the Quarry Hills Precinct Structure Plan.
In 2015 there is an estimated 21,000 people living in South Morang with a 9 per cent increase forecast by 2036 to 23,100.
In 2015, 25 per cent of residents are aged between 35 to 49 years. The number of people aged 50 plus is expected to almost double by 2036.
It is estimated there will be 386 births in South Morang in 2015 (7 births per week on average) and by 2036 this is expected to decrease to 357 births per year (6 births per week on average).
The most common languages spoken other than English are Macedonian, Italian and Greek and the most common countries-of-birth other than Australia include India, Italy and Republic of North Macedonia.
In 2014 there are 6,831 dwellings. This is expected to increase to 8,244 dwellings by 2036 with around half of all households consisting of couples with children (51 per cent).
The most common types of occupation are clerical and administrative workers (18 per cent), with more residents working in manufacturing and retail than any other industry.
There are proportionally more residents who are attending school (primary, secondary and pre-school) compared with the broader population of Greater Melbourne (21 per cent versus 16 per cent).
About 70 per cent of households have access to 2 or more vehicles with residents more likely to drive a car to work, compared with the broader population of Greater Melbourne (74 per cent).
Westfield have an approved planning permit to develop an entertainment and leisure precinct at their Plenty Valley shopping centre.
The new development is proposed at the western end of the centre, close to South Morang Train Station.
Once completed the precinct will include:
The timing of these works rests with Westfield, visit the Westfield Plenty Valley website for the latest details on the development.