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Minta City

New city to bring 11,000 jobs to Berwick

THE IDEA

We’re transforming the long held, 285-hectare Minta Farm in Berwick into a next-generation employment hub integrating diverse housing for 5000 and inner urban-style amenity. Working in conjunction with a team of design experts, the proposed masterplan also protects natural vistas, waterways, heritage sites and biodiverse habitats that are cherished by locals.

“You can’t force employers into undesirable locations. If you need jobs you need office buildings. But you’re not going to get office buildings unless you’ve got the elements that create liveable communities – arts and culture, restaurants, sporting facilities and all those other pieces that make it a vibrant place to be.” 

Dean Landy

THE SOLUTION

No one needs another dormitory suburb on the city fringe. Minta City champions a fresh approach to growth corridor masterplanning. It prioritises local employment and combines commercial, retail and innovation space with high-, medium- and low-density housing and the sort of community facilities, walkability and public transport we love about our inner suburbs. It creates an environment that attracts not only residents but employers too.

Over 25 years Minta will draw skilled locals to 11,000 jobs in business, hospitality, retail, technology, R&D and bespoke light manufacturing. Our plan embeds all the elements they’ll need to be socially and commercially sustainable via mixed use precincts combining schools and childcare, gyms and sporting facilities, cafes and restaurants, public transport and bike paths, waterways and parks. We’ve channelled decades of retail, mix-use, health and education design experience into this project and it shows.

Minta celebrates its natural heritage. It preserves views to the Dandenong Ranges and protects heritage sites of Aboriginal cultural significance. And it celebrates the biodiversity of its own ‘Yarra’: the Cardinia Creek conservation zone, home to cherished populations including migratory water birds and the endangered Growling Grass Frog.

“Work practices are changing at a staggering rate and the only rational course is to be agile in order to anticipate and provide for demand, which means Minta City must incorporate a high degree of flexibility.”

I Marshall Baillieu, The Minta Group

THE IMPACT

In inner-ring suburbs, diverse jobs in thriving neighbourhoods are assumed. They’ve been thin on the ground 40 kms from the CBD. Until now.

Minta City changes the conversation about employment hubs. It turns the process of attracting major employment generators on its head and turns away from the typical business park approach. It shows how to activate industry by embedding it in desirable communities that will attract a knowledge based workforce and embrace the natural environment. It’s a resilient model that allows for changing behaviours in the way people work, and the way industry does business.

Minta emerged just as planners were reforming Victorian zoning. It helped the push for a new zone, Commercial 3, that allows fresh approaches to compact, medium density, mixed-use town centres.

ADDRESS

Soldiers Rd, Berwick VIC

STATUS

In Planning