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Key details

Location 
Geelong Road, Werribee

Policy objective 
Hosuing diversity and affordability

Client 
Melbourne Water

Overview

The Werribee Treatment Plant was relocated in the late 1990s, leaving a vast area of vacant land on the banks of the Werribee River.

Melbourne Water engaged Development Victoria to unlock the site’s potential, and create a new neighbourhood that would embrace the natural surroundings.

Riverwalk is an EnviroDevelopment certified project — a nationally-recognised achievement from the Urban Development Institute of Australia. The certification recognises outcomes across six areas of sustainability: water, ecosystems, community, waste, materials and energy.

Innovation

Development Victoria is working with Melbourne Water to include a range of sustainability initiatives at Riverwalk, including stormwater harvesting and recycled water for garden watering and toilet flushing.

Visit the My Riverwalk website 

197ha project area

$350 million development value

2,260 homes

20ha open space

Outcomes

Riverwalk is a neighbourhood offering a diverse range of housing to cater for a variety of lifestyles.

Over 600 houses have now been completed, or are under construction.

To keep with its natural setting, Riverwalk also includes:

  • Over 20ha of open space
  • Wetlands and parklands
  • Links to the Werribee River and Federation Bike Trail
  • 1.4ha Village Park which includes a basketball court, water play areas, bike trails and playground and BBQ facilities
  • Two active open space/sports ovals
  • Four local parks located throughout the development
  • A riverfront park
  • Two new schools
  • A town centre anticipated to house a full-line supermarket

Key projects

The 1.4ha Village Park at Riverwalk features one of Victoria's largest water-play areas, a basketball court, wetlands, a playground and BBQ and picnic facilities.

The Riverwalk acoustic wall is located on the southern boundary of Riverwalk estate (bordering the Princes Freeway), with the goal of reducing traffic noise.

The acoustic wall was designed by Melbourne-based Wood Marsh Architecture, with landscape design prepared by Tract Consultants.

The design provides an integrated and artistic solution, drawing inspiration from the granite ridges of the You Yangs, which rise above the Werribee Plain, and are visible from the estate.

The former Werribee Satellite Aerodrome is located on the Riverwalk site, and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The aerodrome complex includes two WWII hangars and a workshop, and is home to the B-24 Liberator Memorial Fund.

Development Victoria and Melbourne Water continue to work closely with the group to explore options for the permanent home and museum precinct at the site.

Location

The site is around one kilometre from Werribee Town Centre, and has direct access to Princes Freeway.

Who to contact about this project

Visit the Riverwalk Facebook page for regular community updates.