Project area: 193 hectares
Development timeframe: 1997 – 2015
Expected population: 3600
In the early 1990s, the Victorian Government closed the Caloola Psychiatric Centre in Sunbury. The heritage-listed former asylum and surrounding buildings were transferred to Places Victoria (then the Urban Land Authority) and the government announced the development of the surrounding land.
Building a community
There are now more than 3000 people living in tree-lined streets among large areas of parkland, with local schools and shops nearby and improved access to Melbourne via the electrified Sunbury railway line.
Community infrastructure at Jackson’s Hill includes:
- Walking tracks
- Picnic areas
- 42 hectares of public open space
- Large established parks
- Numerous wetlands
- The ‘Galaxy Land’ adventure playground
- A proposed retail precinct to complement existing services in Sunbury
Places Victoria also facilitated the relocation of Victoria University, Sunbury Primary School and Sunbury Special School to the historic former asylum buildings. Following the closure of the university campus, Hume City Council is investigating the development of community, arts and cultural facilities within the history precinct. Read more here.
Innovation and awards
Jacksons Hill was named the best master planned community in Australia by the Property Council of Australia at its 2008 awards.
Jacksons Hill was also the first development of its kind in Australia in the late 1990s to provide a 22-home solar precinct incorporating 4 Star homes, gas-boosted solar hot water systems and surplus energy back into the grid.
The rehabilitation of Wanginu Park received the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Land Management Award in 2013.