Building a new community in Melbourne’s fast-growing south east


Key facts 

Project area: 242 hectares
Estimated population: 120,000+
Development value: $700 million

Places Victoria owns 242 hectares of land along the Princes Freeway in Officer.

The land is being developed to provide a diverse range of housing options for the rapidly growing south east region, serviced by a new town centre.

On 31 October 2014, Places Victoria announced the sale of 127 hectares of land to the Satterley Property Group. Read more about the sale here

Building a community

Places Victoria was responsible for developing the master plan for the Aspect estate, which aims to provide a natural setting with an urban lifestyle. The estate is now home to approximately 400 residents and is close to schools, shops and playgrounds, with easy access to the freeway and train stations at Cardinia Road and Pakenham.

A primary school is planned for the Aspect estate, as well as a neighbourhood activity centre to be delivered by Cardinia Shire Council. 

Officer Town Centre

The Officer Town Centre will provide a range of shops and services for the Aspect community. The project master plan incorporates: 

  • Office buildings, including the new Cardinia Shire Civic Centre
  • Retail
  • Community facilities

The foundations of the town centre have been established, with work to date focussing on large infrastructure items including a rail underpass, key road connections and a large stormwater tank.

Upgraded cricket nets and netball courts have been built at the Officer Recreation Reserve and the Officer Specialist School opened in January 2014.

The Officer Secondary College opened for the 2015 school year.

Innovation and awards

Gum Scrub Creek won the land management category at the 2014 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victorian awards.

The creek has been transformed from an agricultural drain into a recreational and environmental asset for the local community, promoting biodiversity and creating habitat for native flora and fauna. More than 400,000 trees grown from locally collected seeds have been planted along the creek.

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