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 $150 million development of Tarneit Junction in five stages. New Tarneit Station is now up and running. Tarneit Central 25,000sqm Shopping centre diagonally opposite Tarneit Junction is coming in 2017 anchored by Coles and Kmart supermarket with 42 shops. 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 4 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 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.
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