Victoria’s first 6-star energy efficient community


Key facts

Project area: 235 hectares
Development timeframe: 20 years (planning commenced in 2000) 
Estimated population: 25,000 

The development of Epping North was for many years hampered by fragmented land ownership and the cost of delivering essential infrastructure.

Places Victoria gained control of the land now known as the Aurora estate in 2001 and turned these challenges into an opportunity to raise the benchmark in land development in Victoria. 

On 31 October 2014, Places Victoria announced the sale of 410 hectares of land at Aurora to Lend Lease. Read more about the sale here

Lendlease has assumed responsibility for the land it has purchased from Places Victoria at Aurora including the delivery of around 3,100 new homes.  For more information read the Fact Sheet

Building a community

Places Victoria was responsible for developing the master plan for Aurora, which involved extensive stakeholder engagement with a strong focus on community development and securing essential community infrastructure early.

Now home to more than 2000 people, Aurora is a thriving community serviced by a primary school and childcare centre, community tennis court, café and general store, and the Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre, which includes a community garden and neighbourhood house.

Download the Aurora master plan

Aurora Town Centre

Places Victoria is managing the ongoing development of the Aurora Town Centre, including managing investment attraction, planning approvals and overseeing construction.

The Galada Community Centre, which includes three kindergarten rooms, a community hall and a maternal and child health centre, is now complete and benefits a wide section of the community from babies and young families to senior citizens.

The first stage of the town centre will also include a Coles supermarket, specialty shops and car parking.

Innovation and awards

Aurora was Victoria’s first 6-star energy efficient community. Homes at Aurora are sited for maximum comfort and energy efficiency and include:

  • sited for maximum comfort and energy efficiency
  • solar hot water
  • 4 and 5-star heating, cooling and appliances
  • AAA-efficient water fixtures
  • Pipes to receive recycled water to wash clothes, flush toilets and water gardens, resulting in the use of 45 per cent less water compared to the average home

Aurora was instrumental in the development of an industry-wide Sustainable Community Rating tool, which was developed in partnership with the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the Property Council of Australia and the Municipal Association of Victoria. 

Project partners