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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.

Economic Advocacy priorities

Epping Innovation and Export Food Hub, international food hub in Melbourne's North

Melbourne's North is fast positioning itself as a food hub of national significance. A large undeveloped parcel of land in the heart of the precinct could bolster the region as a major player in the global food market. With a skilled workforce and supporting industries on its doorstep, the only thing stopping Melbourne's North from international success is government investment.

Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT)

Beveridge has been identified by the State Government as a prime location for Victoria's interstate freight hub. This exciting infrastructure will play a significant role in delivering efficiencies in the movement of freight, ease traffic congestion and unlock job opportunities for a rapidly expanding community.

For more information, download the following fact sheets:

Development projects

Epping Central Structure Plan Review

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 webpage for more information.

Thomastown Industrial Area Plan

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.

Plenty Valley Structure Plan

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.

Infrastructure projects

Major Roads and Upgrades

O’Herns Road widening and interchange

Works to build the O’Herns Road freeway interchange began in September 2019 and are due to be complete in mid-2021. These works will provide direct access to the Hume Freeway via new on and off-ramps.

Edgars Road extension

Edgars Road is a north-south arterial road from Mahoneys Road in Thomastown to Cooper Street in Epping that also connects to the Metropolitan Ring Road. A missing link exists between Cooper Street and O'Herns Road that could provide connectivity to the Cooper Street employment area and the residential estates north of O'Herns road.

Epping Road duplication – Findon Road to Craigieburn Road

Duplication of Epping Road from Findon Road to Craigieburn Road is required to reduce congestion and improve access to local community destinations, Epping Central and employment hubs to the south of the municipality.

Childs Road duplication across E6 corridor

The duplication of Childs Road, from the E6 corridor including the bridge construction across Darebin Creek will provide continuity of the duplicated road network and eliminate lengthy delays at localised bottlenecks.

Bridge Inn Road urbanisation and duplication

Urbanising Bridge Inn Road in Mernda will help improve the flow of all modes of traffic by upgrading facilities for all road users, as well as improving the footpath network.

Yan Yean Road duplication – Kurrak Road to Bridge Inn Road and urbanisation to Arthurs Creek Road

Duplication of Yan Yean Road from the end of the current duplication project at Kurrak Road to Bridge Inn Road and its urbanisation to Arthurs Creek Road will complete the arterial road network. This will enable Doreen and Mernda residents to have improved access to employment and transport hubs at Greensborough and Eltham.

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 2278 today.

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