Media Release: 29 June 2020

The Victorian Government has unveiled detailed plans for the new Arden precinct, confirming North Melbourne as a major inner-city hub for thousands of jobs, affordable housing and transport links.

The Draft Arden Precinct Structure Plan, released in partnership with the City of Melbourne, outlines a thriving new neighbourhood for Melbourne’s inner north-west centred around the Metro Tunnel Project’s new Arden Station.

The new suburb, which will take in 50 hectares of land between Macaulay Road, Dryburgh Street and the Moonee Ponds Creek, is expected to create up to 34,000 jobs and be home to around 15,000 new residents by 2050.

The plan is a growth blueprint to guide the precinct’s development, complementing the neighbouring Parkville biomedical innovation and research precinct and turning North Melbourne into an employment hub for science, health, education and digital technology.

Features of the Plan include:

  • Transforming under-utilised industrial land along the Moonee Ponds. Creek into a residential and commercial hub for Melbournians to live and work.
  • Creating public space around the Metro Tunnel’s new Arden Station, similar to Federation Square.
  • Extending Queensberry Street and Fogarty Street to create new high street-style boulevards.
  • New cycling and transport links to connect.
  • Melbourne’s inner north-west to the rest of the city.

Establishing the precinct over the next 20 years will also provide thousands of jobs in building and construction and create ongoing stimulus for Victoria’s economic recovery.

The Draft Arden Structure Plan is open for public consultation until August 9.
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“Arden will not only be an exciting place to live and work – it will be a driving force for our economy, creating thousands of jobs in the short and long term.”

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“This brand new precinct will be serviced by three train stations with the Metro Tunnel connecting it to the city, Parkville and the western suburbs.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan

“We want the Arden precinct to set a new standard in urban renewal and to do that we need to hear the community’s views on what they want included in the final plan.”

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp