There are few examples of truly walkable mixed-use communities. The vision for Tarneit Junction is for a walkable community with jobs, shops, community infrastructure and transit within a 5-10 minute walk and bringing everything of daily needs closer to its residents. The aim is for a project that also results in an employment and services hub that is a destination for the wider region. Tarneit Junction is proposed as a benchmark project in Melbourne’s western growth corridor characterised by high density and mixed-use; the first of its kind in a growth area to be developed with an emphasis on health, happiness, jobs, ageing and transit. The vision is to commence development of Tarneit Junction in six stages. Tarneit Station is now up and running. Tarneit Central Shopping centre diagonally opposite Tarneit Junction is planning to add Cinema and Bowling entertainment complex to compliment  its Coles and Kmart supermarket with 42 shops offerings. Tarneit Junction is proposed to become a health, transport, and jobs oriented destination and act as a catalyst for delivering on government goals of higher densities, affordable housing and mixed use living in the surrounding areas. A diverse range of housing from 1 bed room to 3 bed room residences are proposed, responding to City of Wyndham’s growing population and its varying needs, incomes, and life stages. Office, commercial, medical and educational floorspace provided at the site is proposed to generate local jobs, and encourage residents of Melbourne’s west to work locally, and even reverse commute from closer to the city. Convenience shops, cafes, restaurants and associated small footprint services such as the hairdresser and dry cleaner, will provide for residents’ daily needs and become an essential element in making Tarneit Junction a truly walkable neighbourhood. This transit-oriented employment and servicing opportunity will result in greater containment of activity and spending locally, with less pressure across the wider transport and infrastructure systems, especially significantly reducing the need for locals to commute to the Melbourne CBD. A mixed-use Tarneit Junction will become a place for people, and the iconic corner hotel building becomes a landmark for the new suburb. It will incorporate Melbourne’s western suburbs first car sharing scheme to reduce carbon footprint of its residents.

Design Strategy

Responding to obesity, encouraging movement by design and desire:

  • Creates a place that by design naturally encourages walking, creating healthier and happier development
  • Local destinations that don’t require car travel, therefore eliminating or reducing car use and CO2 emissions.
  • A location that is within a 10-minute walk of everything a resident needs daily. This further encourages walking by virtue of proximity; Primary and Secondary Schools, Child care, Medical Centres, Jobs, Education, Community Centre, Local Convenience Retail, and a Town Centre are proposed to be within 5-10- minute walk of Tarneit Junction
  • Proximity to the Railway Station further encourage walking.

Responding to mental health by creating a people place, a connected place:

  • Tarneit Junction aims to create a ‘5-10-minute community’.
  • High density community living will allow for more services with more time and opportunities for socialising and knowing your neighbours by name.
  • A community body corporate can help reduce costs for the services of all residents
  • A community intranet ( Wi-Fi enabled)  will help to connect people
  • Different community interaction opportunities via community kitchen, club, gardens, & meeting places.
  • Four Generations Family and friends from age 0 to over 100 years supporting each other would bring family closer together
  • The goal is to result in better mental health; people contributing and living longer

Responding to Professional Jobs/Unemployment, the Tarneit Junction vision proposes to create local jobs.

Attracting over 55s:

  • Tarneit Junction aims to attract asset rich elderly people to live in its 55+ community and age care moving back into a community that usually target first home buyers
  • Embedding older people in the community rather than isolating in dedicated facilities; they would have the ability to socially interact with the community.
  • There is a gain from living in close proximity to health facilities, transport and daily needs shopping
  • The hope is to make it attractive for multiple generation to live together

Service Provision

Tarneit Junction 5 minute living - the services

Tarneit Junction 5 minute living – the services


Tarneit Junction is set to become the thriving urban heart
of the Wyndham North Growth Area. The vision the project
has set for itself is to be a place where people can live
healthier and happier lives in an higher density apartment
setting without sacrificing the amenity and convenience
of inner-city Melbourne.
Tarneit Junction will provide the complete range of
services and facilities that are usually found in older
established Melbourne suburbs, meeting the daily needs
of residents within the project and those who reside
within the local area. Such liveability will be achieved by
delivering increased housing diversity and affordability,
short and long stay accommodation, retail offerings,
medical and aged care accommodation, education
services, and business spaces to facilitate commerce and
local employment opportunities. Smart City initiatives
are also proposed to integrate services within the
development through technology to increase access and
liveability. All this is proposed to be delivered within an
area experiencing rapid residential growth and change
that has not delivered residential opportunities within
anything approaching a mixed use urban context.
Within a transit oriented context, the project will bring
services, employment and amenities close to the doorstep
of residents and will also create a destination for the wider
community, supporting the Tarneit town centre. A walk able
railway station will provide residents the opportunity to
reduce car trips and dependence on vehicle ownership
with the CBD only 25 minutes away by train and daily
shopping needs a short walk away.

This ‘full life cycle’ approach accommodating multi generational
living will result in positive outcomes for
Tarneit and the wider area with the development to be a
community, environmental, health, transport, and jobs
oriented development, achieving the planning goals
of higher densities, a vibrant community, affordable
housing, sustainable development and mixed use living.
The project provides an unparalleled opportunity for a
landmark development, exemplified by the 4.5 star hotel,
within the local context. It capitalises on its highly visible
gateway location in Tarneit, lifting the profile of the area.
Within a wider context the proposal will become the
leading example of high density, sustainable, and transit
oriented development, and will be the first of its kind in
Wyndham and notably for greenfield development in
The growth currently being experienced by Tarneit and
what is anticipated for the future supports this visionary
development which aligns with key State and Council
policy. This is in support of multipurpose destinations
close to transport infrastructure which will encourage
investment, service provision and employment integrated
with diverse housing stock to achieve a 20-minute
neighbourhood; all key attributes that this development
will possess within one of the first true urban environments
in greenfield development in Victoria.