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Key details

Location 
St Albans Road, Sunshine North
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country

Policy objective 
Housing 

Overview

Development Victoria is creating a new neighbourhood in Melbourne’s west on the site of the former City West Water office, conveniently located close to existing jobs, schools, roads, and hospitals.

LUMA Sunshine North will provide approximately 300 townhouses consisting of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms suitable to a range of households and budgets, all located within walking distance to LUMA Park and surrounded by green spaces.

We have appointed Melbourne-based SAW Constructions to deliver 86 townhouses in Stage 1 of LUMA, with construction of homes now underway.

In early 2024, we launched sales for Stage 2 of LUMA which will consist of 85 new homes. A key feature of Stage 2 is our Priority Access program which offers those on incomes eligible for affordable housing a chance to buy homes before they’re made available to the general public. Soon after sales launched, we announced that Saw Constructions has been appointed to also build homes in Stage 2.

All homes at LUMA will be energy efficient and feature solar panels and battery storage, with Stage 2 homes to be 'all-electric' and achieve a minumum 7-star energy rating.

All key infrastructure within the site, such as roads and footpaths, underground sewerage, and water main works, is in place and we are finalising plans for the new LUMA Park. Covering 3,600 square metres, LUMA park is designed around clusters of existing established trees and will feature a fully equipped children’s playground, sheltered BBQ facilities, a picnic area and kick-about spaces.

Construction of the park is expected to start mid-year and be completed in early 2025.

Future plans for the site also include a pedestrian and vehicle bridge over Stony Creek via Metherall Street, providing a link between LUMA and the existing community, and new commercial and retail precincts featuring a mix of retail outlets such as supermarkets and specialty stores to support the everyday needs of local residents.

Stage 2 LUMA now selling..

If you’re interested in purchasing a home in Stage 2 visit the Luma Living website to arrange an appointment with our friendly sales consultant Awot to find out more. 


12.5ha project area

300 new homes

3,600m2 open space created

March Project Update

Timeline

2016

  • Community engagement on planned development 

2017

  • Development Plan submitted to Brimbank City Council 

2019

  • Development Plan approved 

2020

  • Sales for LUMA stage 1 commence 

2023

  • Early: Stage 1 civil works complete
  • Late: Stage 1 home construction commenced

2024

  • Early: Stage 2 homes sales commence
  • Mid: Works on LUMA park commence
  • Mid: Stage 2 civil works complete
  • Mid: Stage 2 home construction commences 

2025

  • Early: LUMA Park opens
  • Early: First homes in Stage 1 complete
  • Early: Pedestrian and vehicle bridge construction commences
  • Mid: Stage 1 homes complete
  • Late: First homes in Stage 2 homes complete
  • Late: Stage 3 home sales commence


2026

  • Stage 3 home construction commences 

2027/2028

  • Stage 3 homes complete 

Priority access

To help more Victorians buy their own home, we now offer eligible buyers exclusive access to affordable high-quality properties.

This means households earning up to $150,030 have a 7 day priority access period during which they can make a purchase before homes are made available to the general public, or exclusive access to properties created specifically for their price range. Find out more on the Luma living website.

Approach

Sunshine is a high-profile Local Government Area of which the City of Brimbank is the local governing authority. It's been recognised in State Government planning policies as an important activity centre and one of six National Employment Clusters with an expected population growth of 60,000 over the next 20 years.

Growth will be driven by expanding tertiary education, healthcare, retail and professional services.

Our development in Sunshine North will cater for this growth, providing accommodation for a range of households including first home buyers, key workers to support the neighbouring health and education precinct, young professionals, couples, growing families and established families.

Sunshine North is considered an ideal location for development due to its easy access to amenities, public transport, major roads and freeways.

The key objectives of the development are to provide:

  • A development built around a well-connected community.
  • A high-quality urban design outcome.
  • Diverse and well-planned housing options.
  • Walkability through pedestrian and cycling links.
  • Future retail and commercial opportunities on-site.

Making everyday living easier

Location

The development is located approximately 13km west of Melbourne's CBD. The site is bound by St Albans Road, Western Ring Road, Stony Creek and vacant land to the south.

Development Victoria acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land now named Sunshine. 

Who to contact about this project

To register your interest and receive all the latest sales information and updates, email your details to sunshinenorth@development.vic.gov.au.

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Community

Between November and December 2016, Development Victoria undertook community engagement on its planned development of the Sunshine North site.

As a result of the feedback received from the community, there were several adjustments made to the master plan before it was submitted to Council. This included increased traffic management around the site; close management of grasslands to prevent bushfires; further limiting traffic noise from the Western Ring Road and retaining as many existing trees as possible.

There were ongoing negotiations with Brimbank City Council in 2018—2019 as part of the Development Plan approval, with the Council formally approving the development in February 2019.

Updated on 01 May 2024