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Major Development and Infrastructure Projects

Learn more about Council’s advocacy priorities, development and infrastructure projects that support economic growth and prosperity for your community and the northern region.

Cooper Street and O'Herns Road Employment Precinct, Epping

Economic Advocacy priorities

Learn more about Council’s advocacy priorities, development and infrastructure projects that
support economic growth and prosperity for the local community and Melbourne’s Northern Region.

Partner with us to advocate for key priorities relevant to your business

Melbourne Food Innovation and Export Hub (MFIX) at Epping:

  • Advance MFIX as a transformational project for Melbourne’s north to position the City of Whittlesea and Victoria as a food hub of national significance, and incentivise relocation of a major anchor tenant to attract innovative food manufacturing and export businesses

Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT):

  • A transformational project for Victoria, recognising its significance as both a long term freight terminal and a major future employment precinct in the coming years. Partner with us to advocate for improved infrastructure connections to harness the potential of this precinct, such as the E6, to benefit business and community.
  • Strategically located to maximise links to the Inland Rail, Hume Freeway and proposed E6/Outer Metropolitan Ring Road
  • Over 1,000 hectares of land is identified for the BIFT and associated freight and logistics

Major suburban roads:

  • Deliver major upgrades to State owned arterial roads for increased capacity and decreased congestion

Better public transport:

  • The delivery of a train line to Wollert, extension to Tram Route 86 from University Hill to the Plenty Valley Town Centre and improved and extended bus services and frequencies.

Go to the City of Whittlesea Advocacy web page for more information on these and other advocacy priorities.

  • Craigieburn Road duplication between Epping Road and Hume Freeway
  • Donnybrook Road duplication between Epping Road and the Merri Creek
  • Epping Road duplication between Craigieburn Road East and Bridge Inn Road
  • Findon Road declare and duplicate between Plenty Road and Epping Road
  • Bridge Inn Road declare and duplicate between Plenty Road and Wellington Street

Learn more about our Advocacy priorities by visiting the City of Whittlesea Advocacy web page.

For more information, download the following fact sheets:

Development projects

The Existing Structure Plan was adopted by Council in 2011. We are currently reviewing the Epping Central Structure Plan will ensure that the area continues to grow as a liveable, diverse and thriving Activity Centre.

The review of the Epping Central Structure Plan will be completed in four stages, with each stage involving community consultation. The review will also ensure the plan aligns with the Whittlesea 2040 goals

Visit the Epping Central web page and engagement page for more information.

To build upon the Thomastown Industrial Area successes as a sought-after business hub and to facilitate employment growth, the Thomastown Industrial Area Plan was developed through innovation and collaboration with stakeholders.

This strategic document promotes a long-term vision for Thomastown Industrial Area as a sought-after business hub that will facilitate employment growth through innovation and collaboration with stakeholders. It places a focus on actions to inform a range of implementation projects that support Council's Economic Development Strategy.

Visit the Thomastown Industrial Area: Creating jobs and investment webpage.

The Plenty Valley Town Centre contains several important business, retail, community and transport activities including Westfield Plenty Valley and the South Morang Train Station, which service the wider region. It is recognised by the State Government as an important Activity Centre.

The Plenty Valley Town Centre Structure Plan is a key project to prepare Council’s vision for the Town Centre and provides a framework for its future development over the next 20 years.

Visit the Plenty Valley Structure Plan webpage for more information.

Mernda Town Centre is a developing Major Activity Centre located at the corner of Plenty Road and Bridge Inn road, Mernda and next to the Mernda Train Station.  Stage 1 of the development comprising 7900sqm for retail floorspace includes a supermarket, a number of specialty retail, food and beverage outlets and an interim library facility. The ultimate development will include range of additional community facilities including the Whittlesea Community Hospital (under construction) and a Library/Community Centre facility, as well as additional retail/commercial development, housing and public realm improvements including a town square and Mayfield Farm Heritage site.

The Cooper Street West employment precinct (including Cooper Street South West and O’Herns Road precincts) present significant opportunities for future industrial 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 (SWWRRIP). 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. The O’Herns Road Logistics Park provides significant opportunities for industrial development with direct access to the Hume Freeway by the recently opened O’Herns Road interchange. Other industrial development opportunities in the precinct exist at 4Ten Epping and 481 Cooper Street.

Major Road upgrades under construction

  • Epping Road duplication - Memorial Avenue to Craigieburn Road, Epping/Wollert (due for completion 2025)
  • Bridge Inn Road urbanisation and duplication - Plenty Road to Yan Yean Road, Mernda/Doreen (due for completion 2025)

For further information, visit our Road and Public Transport Plan webpage.

Contact us

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

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