Greencor Pays $26 Million For Wollert Farm, Melbourne

DESPITE a slowdown in new house sales, developers are continuing to build up a landbank on Melbourne’s outskirts, and some farmers have never been happier.

This month, growing local developer Greencor paid $26 million for a 57-hectare farm on Bodycoats Road in Wollert, 27 kilometres north of town, between Craigieburn and Doreen.

Marketed as ”the last big one”, and with the potential to be subdivided into about 900 lots, the property adjoins other farms recently acquired by major developers including Sydney-based, ASX listed giant Stockland, the state government’s development arm, Places Victoria, and Evolve Development, part directed by Melbourne millionaire and former Fairfax Media chairman Ron Walker.

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VicRoads to Sell Major Craigieburn Residential Development Site

VICROADS – whose days headquartered from dank offices in one of Melbourne’s ritziest suburbs are reportedly numbered – is expecting some $15 million from the sale of a 31.3 hectare residential development site on what is now Melbourne’s northern outskirts, but will soon be considered a middle-ring suburb.

The Craigieburn site with a street address of 650 Hume Highway, is spread over two sides of the recently opened Hume Freeway*, which connects commuters to the Western Ring Road and the CBD in one direction, or the Metropolitan Ring Road, and a Greensborough traffic jam at the other.

The Melbourne-Sydney railway line dissects the southern edge of both VicRoads sites, some 25 kilometres from town.

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Stockland Pays $300 Million For Massive Kalkallo Site, Melbourne

SYDNEY-based Stockland Limited has committed to paying $300 million for a 1,121 hectare development site north of Melbourne, reportedly Australia’s largest ever individual land transaction.

The Lockerbie sheep station, about 35 kilometres north of Melbourne, falls within the recently redefined Urban Growth Boundary, now, effectively allowing it to be rezoned for residential use.

To date Melbourne has sprawled substantially east, and south, but less so, to the north and south.

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