The growing community of New Epping continues to surge forward with a number of wins for the City of Whittlesea in the 2019–20 Victorian State Budget, including an investment of $50 million into the Growing Suburbs Fund.
With allocated funds divided across health, education, and community initiatives, the news is welcomed by current and future residents looking to make a home for their family in Melbourne’s thriving northern corridor.
Increased demand at The Northern Hospital will be addressed with the development of a children’s emergency department. This will also complement New Epping’s seven-hectare health and wellbeing precinct and alleviate pressure for the growing population in accessing primary health care.
Educational opportunities will also increase with funding for Edgars Creek Primary School and Edgars Creek Secondary College stage two developments that will see additional buildings constructed, and one of seven new early parenting centres for Victoria.
We’re thrilled at the support being displayed for the local community, with $3 million set aside for targeted programs, including harm prevention initiatives.
Transport and infrastructure gains will also serve to connect New Epping as a key metropolitan activity centre and provide better roads that our growing community needs.
Notable inclusions are the Suburban Roads Upgrade which includes Epping Road and Childs Road, as well as Plenty Road stage 2 funding, and $1.8 million for the O’Herns Road upgrade in Epping.
The plan also earmarks funds to connect the Plenty River Trail with Mernda and Hawkestowe stations in order to provide a link for cyclists to the Yarra River Trail, the CBD, and beyond.
This connectivity encourages wellness and addresses demand for places and spaces where the community can gather for recreation – values that rest high on the masterplan for New Epping’s overall neighbourhood.
With the northern corridor of Melbourne undergoing rapid expansion, it’s vital that investment in the area contribute to the needs of the community today and for the future, as outlined in the budget wins for the City of Whittlesea and New Epping.
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