Project area: 197 hectares
Development value: $300 million
Residences: 2260 homes at completion
The Werribee Treatment Plant was relocated in the late 1990s, leaving vacant a vast area of land on the banks of the Werribee River. The site is around one kilometre from Werribee Town Centre, and has direct access to the Princes Freeway.
Melbourne Water looked to Development Victoria to unlock the site’s potential and create a new neighbourhood that would embrace the natural surroundings.
Riverwalk is an "Enviro Development" 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.
Building a community
Riverwalk today is developing into a neighbourhood that offers a diverse range of housing to cater for a variety of lifestyles.
Over 300 houses have now been constructed or are under construction.
To keep with its natural setting, Riverwalk also includes:
- 24 hectares of open space
- Wetlands and parklands
- Links to the Werribee River and Federation Bike Trail
- 1.4-hectare Village Park which includes a basketball court, water play areas, bike trails and playground and barbeque facilities
- Provision for two schools and a neighbourhood centre
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.
The former Werribee Satellite Aerodrome is located on the Riverwalk site, and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register for its historical and architectural significance.
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.
Visit the Riverwalk Facebook page for regular community updates.