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The area known as the Arden Macaulay precinct has been identified as an urban renewal area that will accommodate significant growth in residents and employment over the next 30 years.

Through ongoing stakeholder and community engagement, and the opportunity to develop a new Metro Tunnel station at Arden, this precinct is set to become a distinctive new central city destination, building on Melbourne’s global competitiveness and liveability.

The City of Melbourne is hosting this website as a way of keeping you updated and informed on the progress of the urban renewal of Arden Macaulay.

The renewal of Arden Macaulay involves a range government agencies, including the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), and the City of Melbourne (CoM), with input from key partners such as the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) and Melbourne Water (MW).

The City of Melbourne and government agencies continue to work collaboratively in the planning and delivery of key strategic projects occurring within the Arden Macaulay urban renewal area.

As the various government agencies continue to work to ensure the vision for this area is realised, each agency also retains responsibility for leading and delivering a variety of strategic projects. The current projects being led by each agency are accessible by clicking on the relevant tile below.

This website will be regularly updated to keep you informed on what is going on in Arden Macaulay.

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Strategic Projects

Draft Vision

Arden Macaulay will be a major new employment and residential precinct that will provide a legacy for Victoria, representing an extension of the Melbourne central city. It will leverage off state significant health and education institutions already in the vicinity to drive innovation and deliver a new knowledge and cultural hub, complete with quality residential accommodation.

Metro Tunnel’s Arden station, due for completion by 2026, will sit at the heart of the new precinct. It will provide the opportunity to connect growth areas in Melbourne’s west to the growing knowledge workforces and residential communities in Docklands and the Arden Macaulay precinct as well as established areas including Parkville and the CBD, and existing communities in North Melbourne and West Melbourne.

It is envisioned that by 2051 Arden Macaulay will support 45,000 jobs and be home to 27,000 residents.

Communications and Engagement Principles

Communications and engagement principles

  • Provide timely and constructive information and feedback to community on their input and enquiries
  • Ensure that those interested or impacted by the project understand the level of influence their feedback will have on the final decision
  • Provide accessible information about the project and its potential constraints
  • Be clear about the scope and objectives of the public engagement
  • Give people time to digest information, understand the project and make informed decisions
  • Make every reasonable effort to include stakeholders groups and communities affected by the project including those that have identified barriers to participation
  • Provide opportunities for ongoing two-way dialogue that allows for detailed timely discussions and provides a continuous feedback loop.

Minimum standards for communications and engagement

  • Wide scale public consultations should run for a minimum period of six weeks
  • Responses to enquiries from the public should have a two week maximum turnaround (phone, email, written, online)
  • The IAP2 spectrum will be used to guide the definition of the public’s role in the decision-making process
  • Communications should clearly state: the proposal, why we are consulting, and how we will use the public’s input
  • Information should be written in plain English and avoid technical jargon as much as possible
  • Customised techniques will be applied to known ‘hard to reach’ groups (e.g. translations)
  • Effort will be made to reach community where they are (including place based and online).


Jobs hub of the future: plan for Arden growth area launched

1 September, 2016

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today joined the Victorian Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects, Jacinta Allan, and Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) Chief Executive, Peter Seamer, to launch the Draft Arden Vision & Framework 2016.

The document continues the strategic vision of the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan 2012 and complements the Metro Tunnel project in planning for the Arden station. The document will also create a platform for an informed conversation with the community and potential investors.

All stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to have their say on the Draft Arden Vision & Framework 2016 via the Shape Victoria website.

On Tuesday 30 August, Council endorsed Planning Scheme Amendment C190 Arden-Macaulay which will implement the land use and development controls recommended in the Macaulay area, north of the Arden Vision area in the 2012 Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan.

Amendment C190 will shortly be submitted to the Minister for Planning seeking approval, as will a request for a Ministerial Amendment under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which will introduce a suitable interim development contributions control over the area affected by Amendment C190. Melbourne City Council has also requested that the State Government identify and secure open space along the Moonee Ponds Creek corridor for future recreational purposes, in line with the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan 2012.

The City of Melbourne has established this online portal for Arden-Macaulay projects which will contain all information and documentation relevant to this important growth area.