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Key details

Location
Officer town centre, Victoria

Policy objective
Housing affordability, Jobs creation, Economic growth 

Project partners

Overview

Officer is named after timber industry established in the area. By 1870 timber was being transported from the railways sidings, named Officer's Wood Siding. This was shortened to Officer's and later, Officer.

The redeveloped Officer Town Centre will provide a range of shops, services and housing for the local community.

The foundations of the town centre have been established, with work to-date focusing on large infrastructure items including a rail underpass, key road connections and a large stormwater tank to facilitate private sector investment into the area.

The supply of affordable housing in the town centre is central to Development Victoria's aim of creating  diverse communities located close to public transport, schools, jobs and amenities.

Development Victoria is also a major landowner in the Officer South Precinct, working closely with the Victorian Planning Authority on the development of the Precinct Structure Plan to provide for an integrated community. 

Objectives for the project include: 

  • Housing affordability — the project team are planning and designing affordable housing within 500m of the train station and the future town centre, along with primary and secondary schools
  • Plan Melbourne refresh — create jobs close to where people live
  • Deliver outcomes that drive economic activity in the town centre and wider Officer area

150ha project area

400,000 trees planted

Outcomes

Innovation and awards

Gum Scrub Creek won the land management category at the 2014 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victorian awards.

The creek has been transformed from an agricultural drain into a recreational and environmental asset for the local community, promoting biodiversity and creating habitat for native flora and fauna.

More than 400,000 trees grown from locally collected seeds have been planted along the creek.

Approach

The project master plan includes:

  • The Cardinia Shire Civic Centre
  • Office and retail buildings
  • Community facilities
  • Medium and higher density residential lots
  • Public parks and urban squares

Location

Officer is located in the south-eastern growth corridor, approximately 50kms from the CBD.

Community Engagement update - May 2020

Development Victoria is committed to and values community engagement on our projects.  While our preference where possible is for face to face consultation, we are currently undertaking all engagement activities online. This is consistent with the Victorian Government’s public gathering restrictions in consideration of the safety and well-being of the community and our team. This applies across all Development Victoria projects until further notice.