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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.

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 the end of 2020.

 

48ha project area

573 homes

30% open space

1 new basketball court and playground

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

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.

Read our latest Valley Lake Community Update

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
  • Mid 2020 – Cliff-top boardwalk construction and works to the rock face wall are expected to commence in 2020, pending City of Moonee Valley approval of the proposed designs
  • 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.

March 2020
In the coming months works will be undertaken on the Ornithologist Sculpture within the Lake to include:
  • Decommissioning of the lighting which has not been active for several years
  • On-going maintenance

Additional works are detailed in the Masterplan and also lists the point of contact for relevant enquiries.