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Key details

Location
Epping/Wollert, Victoria

Policy objective
Affordability, Sustainability, Environmental protection rejuvenation and enhancement

Project partners

City of Whittlesea
Yarra Valley Water
Environment Protection Authority
Aurora Community Association

Overview

Aurora is now home to over 7,000 people, and has grown into a thriving community. It's serviced by primary and secondary schools, child care and community centres, and retail facilities.

Aurora has an abundance of parks and green open spaces, including numerous sporting courts, ovals, playgrounds and exercise stations.

The natural surrounds of Edgars Creek create the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll or ride along nearby trails, all of which are within walking distance from residential areas.

Our new residential townhouse developments are located within walking distance to the Aurora Town Centre, schools, open space and public transport, and are currently in the design and planning phase. They are expected to be released to the market in mid-2020.

All new homes will demonstrate sustainability and efficiency objectives that were delivered as part of the original homes at Aurora.

7,000 residents

2 new supermarkets

1 new community centre

Outcomes

The first stage of the Aurora Northern Town Centre is complete and includes two major supermarkets, the Galada Community Centre, specialty retail shops, community and medical facilities and car parking.

Further expansion of the Aurora Northern Town Centre is planned to be delivered within the next five years, and will include greater retail and commercial amenity, to ensure that residents don’t need to travel far for their daily needs. 

Planning and design of the final key major road connections (Edgars Road and Koukoura Drive) providing the vital links to O'Herns Road are currently underway providing residents with greater ease of access to and from home.

Aurora consists of expansive open spaces, landscaped parks and connective walking & cycling paths, to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles for its residents and visitors. Most parks and open spaces are within 600m of every house. 

Awards

  • ATUG (Australian Telecommunications Users Group) 2007 for Broadband Excellence
  • UDIA Environmental Excellence Award 2007
  • AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) 2012 for Conservation Management
  • Banksia Award 2008 for Built Environment
  • Property Council of Australia 2008 for Sustainable Development 

Approach

Development Victoria prepared the master plan for Aurora, which involved extensive stakeholder engagement, with a strong focus on community development and securing the delivery of essential community infrastructure.

Aurora is Victoria’s first masterplanned 6-star energy efficient community of its scale, incorporating the following initiatives to maximise sustainability, and reduce greenhouse emissions:

  • Water sensitive urban design using swales and rain gardens in streetscapes and public reserves
  • Regeneration and enhancement of Edgars Creek waterway throughout the development
  • Fibre to the Home (FTTH) infrastructure to approximately 1,500 homes, providing high speed internet services
  • Third (purple) pipe infrastructure, delivering recycled water to all homes and public amenities
  • Habitat conservation and enhancement of endangered and protected flora and fauna
  • Solar power infrastructure to parklands
  • Passive solar design to maximise natural resources and reduce energy consumption in homes
  • Solar hot water systems to all homes
  • 4 and 5-star heating, cooling and appliances, and AAA efficient water fixtures to homes

The Aurora project was instrumental in the development of an industry-wide Sustainable Community Rating tool, which was developed in partnership with the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the Property Council of Australia and the Municipal Association of Victoria.

Location

The Aurora development is located near Epping, north-east of Melbourne. Edgars Road runs through the estate and provides a vital link to O'Herns Road and Hume Freeway.

Who to contact about this project

For more information, or to receive updates about this development please contact us at aurora@development.vic.gov.au