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Activity centres

The City of Whittlesea is the ideal location for businesses to trade locally, nationally and internationally. Prime industrial and commercial locations are ready for your business to leverage competitive advantages, now and into the future.

Key economic activity centres

State significant commercial areas

  • Epping Metropolitan Activity Centre – established and renewal

State significant industrial areas

  • Epping – established, developing and renewal Thomastown Industrial Area – established
  • Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal (proposed, future unzoned) 

Major activity centres

  • Plenty Valley Town Centre, South Morang – established and developing
  • University Hill, Bundoora – established and developing
  • Wollert – future zoned
  • Mernda – developing, zoned

Regionally significant industrial areas

  • Wollert – zoned vacant
  • Shenstone Park, Donnybrook – zoned vacant

Epping

 

Epping is one of nine Metropolitan Activity Centres in Victoria, and part of the Northern State Significant Industrial Area. With a strong core of established commercial, industrial and retail offerings, a major critical health cluster and home to the Melbourne Market, as well as strong logistics offerings, Epping provides prime investment opportunities for your business.

 

The heart of the Epping Metropolitan Activity Centre, Epping Central is strategically placed between the City of Whittlesea's southern established suburbs of Thomastown, Lalor, Bundoora, and Mill Park, and the growth areas corridor to the north, particularly Epping North, Wollert and Donnybrook, with easy access to industrial land to the west.

  • Located close to the major arterial road network linking to Melbourne Airport, the Port of Melbourne and agricultural producing regions of Victoria
  • A designated Metropolitan Activity Centre and recognised as an area of significant growth for employment, new housing, services and entertainment
  • Proximity to Northern Hospital and medical precinct, retail and entertainment precinct (including Pacific Epping) and Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Access to major regional road infrastructure and public transport including Epping train station, with plans for future road and rail expansion to Wollert
  • Epping Central will continue to create jobs and business opportunities in retail, commercial and light industries.

Business Parks located here:

Figure 2 – ConnectNorth Business Park, Cooper Street and O'Herns Road Employment Precinct

The Cooper Street and O’Herns Road Employment Precinct is a significant employment area expected to generate more than 25,000 jobs at completion.

  • Serviced by excellent transport links, including the Hume Freeway, Cooper Street, Edgars Road and O’Herns Road
  • Location of The Northern Hospital, Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market and Mainfreight
  • Major industry clusters of food and beverage, and advanced manufacturing, medical, transport and logistics.
  • Located close to current and future residential growth areas providing access to local employment opportunities
  • High-amenity location providing both industrial and commercial options. Both turnkey facilities and a range of lot sizes to design and build are available.

Business Parks located here:

The Cooper Street West and Cooper Street South West precincts present significant opportunities for future investment.

Cooper Street’s role as a state-significant waste and resource recovery hub has been identified in the State-wide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan. This precinct will continue to provide a service to the local community and support initiatives to increase recovery and improved management of waste. Industrial opportunities are also available.

Cooper Street South West offers a range of state-of-the-art warehousing and logistics facilities, with design and construction opportunities remaining

This employment precinct provides optimal opportunity for further employment growth and industry diversity with more than 200 hectares of large greenfield employment land industrially zoned coming to market including, combined looking to generate more than 6,000 jobs.

Council is currently looking to attract effective, innovative and forward-thinking initiatives that will encourage this hub to be world leading.

  • Proximity to Melbourne’s Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower market presents opportunities for related businesses
  • Serviced by excellent transport routes, including diamond interchanges at Hume Freeway at Cooper Street and O’Herns Road
  • Optimal opportunity for further growth and industry diversity with more than 200 hectares of large greenfield employment land industrially zoned.

Business Parks located here:

Home to the new Northern Private Hospital (currently under construction), spanning 51 hectares of regenerated land adjacent to the Northern Hospital and the proposed Melbourne Food Innovation and Export Hub, New Epping will include a community of residential neighbourhoods, commercial spaces and a health, wellness and knowledge precinct all supported by a civic heart.

  • The development will provide a mix of commercial, employment and warehousing facilities.
  • Commercial and residential uses are positioned in close proximity to the community heart and connected to Edgars Creek.

Business Parks located here:

Figure 3 – Artist Impression of Vearings Road Employment Precinct

Set on 140 hectares of zoned land and located near the O’Herns Road diamond interchange, O’Herns Logistics Park is master-planned industrial land with construction commenced in 2022. Flexible land and building options are available, with purpose-built buildings designed and delivered to your specifications with a focus on sustainable design. Stage 1 includes land and construction packages with pre-leases and turnkey buildings, all positioned in the heart of the estate.

  • Located only 20 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD and 13km from Melbourne’s International Airport with immediate access to the Hume Freeway.
  • The site has been planned for heavy vehicle access for all, including B-doubles, and gas is available.

Business Parks located here:

Thomastown 

 

The Thomastown Industrial Precinct is part of the Northern State Significant Industrial Area. It emerged as a major industrial location during the 1970s and has progressively developed since in response to market demands. New businesses continue to relocate and expand to capitalise on the developments and rejuvenation that is occurring. 

 

  • Home to approximately 1,800 businesses
  • Contributes around $1.6 billion to the economy
  • Employs close to 17,000 people
  • Majority of land is Industrial 1 Zone (IN1Z)
  • Some Commercial 2 Zoning (C2Z) within the Dalton Road and Settlement Road precincts
  • Offers redevelopment and expansion opportunities for a variety of businesses.
  • Excellent access to the regional, metropolitan and national freeways, rail and bus services and only 20 kilometres to Melbourne’s CBD.

Business Parks located here:

Bundoora

 

 

Bundoora's University Hill is an award-winning mixed-use development combines retail, office, commercial, light industrial and residential uses, that provides high amenity for workers and clients.

  • Located on Plenty Road, with direct access to the M80 Ring Road and to the North East Link (under construction), and park-and-ride access for the Tram 86 to the CBD and five minutes to the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster
  • With 40,000m2 of commercial space and 27,000 m2 of retail, this contemporary business park environment includes office development as well as large format retail, commercial and light industrial offerings
  • Creation of 4,000 jobs across an anticipated 200-plus businesses at completion
  • Designated as ‘Special Use Zone 3’ for integrated mixed-use high technology, retail, office, commercial, light industrial and residential, in particular, to encourage the further development of uses related to tertiary training, education, technology and research and development within the area
  • A key hub of health, social assistance and for medical practitioners providing services to the population of the northern region, it also services the nearby hospitals including Northpark Private Hospital, Northern Hospital, and La Trobe Private Hospitals
  • RMIT’s Bundoora East and West campus offers education, and health and medical related courses (biotech, nursing, food sciences), further connecting this area it to the Health and related sectors
  • Access to professional conference facilities and accommodation at Uni Hill Conference Centre and Quest Uni Hill.

Business Parks located here:

  • Graduate Business Park
  • Uni Hill Factory Outlets – learn more
  • University Hill Business Park – learn more

South Morang

 

 

 

Plenty Valley Town Centre has been identified by the Victorian Government as a major activity centre supporting a vibrant mix of uses and activities.

  • Home to Westfield Plenty Valley and City of Whittlesea municipal offices
  • Activity Centre Zone 2 with opportunities for greenfield development and constructed turnkey commercial facilities
  • Guided by the Plenty Valley Structure Plan, which seeks to unlock the precinct’s mixed-use development opportunities
  • Opportunity for further development of community and civic uses with complementary commercial and employment forming uses within and adjacent to the civic precinct
  • Development opportunities lend further support for a transport hub to create an integrated and efficient multi-modal transport interchange
  • More than $150 million investment expected
  • Creation of up to 5,000 jobs across 100 businesses.

Business Parks located here:

  • Central South Morang  - learn more 
  • HomeCo South Morang  - learn more
  • Mason's Point
  • Westfield Plenty Valley

We welcome enquiries from businesses who are considering their location. Contact our Investment Attraction team for a confidential discussion on invest@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or call 03 9217 2170 today.

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