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Key details

Location
Valley Lake Boulevard, Keilor East

Policy objective
Urban renewal

Overview

Development Victoria purchased the Niddrie Quarry site in 2000 with the intention of transforming the disused quarry into a premium residential estate, known as Valley Lake.

The site has been rejuvenated through the development of a master plan that embraces the site’s unique location, and sets a benchmark for an upmarket residential development. Reconstructions of the Valley Lake board walk will commence in early September 2021.

It is anticipated that after more than 20 years, the estate will all be formally under the control of the Moonee Valley City Council by mid 2022.

 

48ha project area

573 homes

30% open space

1 new basketball court and playground

Clifftop Pathway

Development Victoria is working with Moonee Valley City Council to construct a new shared pathway that will provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists along the clifftop area of Valley Lake.

We have appointed a contractor, and works to remove the existing boardwalk were completed earlier this year. 

We are now ready to begin works on the clifftop pathway, but have taken the decision to put these works on hold due to the breeding and nesting season of a Peregrine Falcon pair which often resides in the cliff face.

Our ecologist has advised that any works during this time would put the health of the Falcons and their chicks at risk.

To ensure the wellbeing of the Peregrine Falcons, we will be following the ecological advice provided and will not recommence these works until the nesting season has concluded in late 2022. We have now revised the expected completion date for the Clifftop Pathway works to mid-2023.

Read more in our August 2022 community update

Outcomes

  • Lakeside living featuring Niddrie Lake, the boardwalk and amphitheatre
  • Easy access to the CBD and nearby shopping strips
  • Recreation trails for walking, running and cycling, including a cliff-top walkway taking in city views
  • Extensive frontage to Steele Creek
  • 30% of the estate dedicated to open space
  • Peregrine Park, including a basketball court and playground
  • Retained quarry walls, protecting the site’s character and creating a unique landscape
  • Contemporary architecture and streetscapes to protect the estate's unique character
  • Good connections to Melbourne's freeway system
  • Close to trams, buses and Melbourne's bike path network

Innovation and awards

Valley Lake is a demonstration of Development Victoria’s ability to tackle difficult sites.

In 2011, Valley Lake won the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Victorian urban renewal award in recognition of the barriers overcome to bring new life to the site.

Location

Lake Niddrie which is the central feature of the site, is located on Valley Lake Boulevard, Keilor East.

Who to contact about this project

For more information about the project, or to provide feedback please contact us at: 
enquiries.engage@development.vic.gov.au

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Project timeline

  • End 2019 – several landscape areas were handed over to Council including cliff faces
  • Early 2020 – Steele Creek pedestrian bridge and retention pond systems completed
  • Late 2021 – reconstructions of the Valley Lake board walk will commence in early September.
  • Ongoing – currently 70% of the Valley Lake estate is under the management of the City of Moonee Valley, with a full handover in the next 12-24 months



History

Valley Lake is the former site of Niddrie Quarry, which supplied basalt to pave the roads of Melbourne from the 1940s to 1975. 

The quarry was closed in the 1970s, and remained vacant for several decades.

Before redevelopment works could begin, important rehabilitation and earthworks had to be completed to the former Niddrie Quarry, delivered by Development Victoria.

Today Valley Lake is an award-winning residential development providing a unique place for the community to live, respecting the site’s history and rugged topography and integrating sustainable urban design and architecture.

Clifftop Pathway

Development Victoria is working with Moonee Valley City Council to construct a new shared pathway that will provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists along the clifftop area of Valley Lake.

We have appointed a contractor, and works to remove the existing boardwalk were completed earlier this year. 

We are now ready to begin works on the clifftop pathway, but have taken the decision to put these works on hold due to the breeding and nesting season of a Peregrine Falcon pair which often resides in the cliff face.

Our ecologist has advised that any works during this time would put the health of the Falcons and their chicks at risk.

To ensure the wellbeing of the Peregrine Falcons, we will be following the ecological advice provided and will not recommence these works until the nesting season has concluded in late 2022. We have now revised the expected completion date for the Clifftop Pathway works to mid-2023.

Read more in our August 2022 community update

Updated on 01 September 2022