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Key details

Location
Elgin Boulevard and Church Street, Wodonga

Policy objective
Urban renewal

Project partners
City of Wodonga
Regional Development Victoria

Junction Place is regional Australia’s largest urban renewal initiative, bringing new life to the former historic railway station and railyards in central Wodonga.

The project will double the size of Wodonga’s CBD, delivering quality community spaces, and a mix of retail, entertainment, commercial and residential developments.

The vision for Junction Place is to create a new heart in central Wodonga, while delivering jobs and boosting economic growth through the delivery of a precinct that hosts entertainment, restaurants, cafes and public open spaces.

Expression of Interest

An expression of interest for the remaining five sites at Junction Place, Wodonga has now closed.

Community Reference Group

We have established a community reference group. The role of the group is to act as a conduit between project partners and the community to ensure transparency and communication with the community is maintained throughout the project.

To find out what’s next with the project, check out the next steps.

10ha project space

$30m government investment

5 precincts

Progress to date

Following extensive community and stakeholder consultation, a Precinct Framework Plan was developed in 2012 to deliver a new heart for central Wodonga featuring retail, dining, residential, entertainment, public open space and commercial development.

To kick-start the project, we worked with the City of Wodonga to deliver early infrastructure and in 2015 and 2016, we made great progress on a range of community spaces at Junction Place, including the Promenade and Junction Square which the community continues to enjoy.

Junction Place projects delivered to date include:

  • Restoration of the historic goods sheds and station buildings;
  • Roads and infrastructure including upgrades to High Street, development of Aurora Way and the realignment of Elgin Boulevard
  • Public spaces such as the Promenade, Junction Square, Richardson Park and Sidings Park;
  • The Woolworths supermarket precinct;

In 2016, a Development Agreement was entered into with a private developer to deliver the next phase of Junction Place. As a result of Council and community feedback in 2021, this phase did not proceed and the developer is now no longer a project partner.

Development Victoria is now committed to working with key stakeholders, including Council, the community and industry, to deliver the next phase of Junction Place.

Indigenous history

Albury Wodonga was previously known as Bungambrawatha, or homeland, by the Wiradjuri people, the name of the region was later changed to Albury in 1838. Wodonga, meaning bulrushes, retained its indigenous name.

The Murray River is central to life for those who call the Albury Wodonga region home. The Wiradjuri people were frequently joined by many other hunting groups who would travel hundreds of kilometres to gather together near the river.

Today, meeting at Albury Wodonga remains an important tradition.

Timeline

2008
  • North East Rail revitalisation project commenced
2011
  • New Wodonga train station opened 
2011–2014

  • Vision and master planning for Junction Place, planning scheme amendment, site remediation and refurbishment of heritage buildings 

2015–2016

  • Delivery of community open spaces: Junction Square and the Promenade 
  • Development Agreement signed for a $250 million mixed-used precinct

2017–2018

  • Delivery of early works 
  • Planning permit received for $70 million cinema and entertainment complex 

2018
  • Richardson Park officially opened
2019

  • Sidings Park (adjacent to the Good Shed) is completed, honouring the site’s rail history 

2020-2021
  • Revisions to the original master plan 
  • Council rejects revised master plan
2022

  • Development Victoria commences project review to consider  next steps for Junction Place development 

2023

Who to contact about this project?

General information and media enquiries

Development Victoria

Customer service
Ph: 131 852
junction.place@development.vic.gov.au

Media
03 8317 3700
media@development.vic.gov.au

General information

City of Wodonga
Ph: 02 6022 9300 or after hours 02 6022 9300

104 Hovell Street, Wodonga, VIC 3690

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Updated on 14 May 2024