Draft Sunshine health and education precinct plan out for comment


Feedback is invited on the key features and vision for the Sunshine Health, Wellbeing and Education Precinct (SHWEP) area located around the Sunshine Hospital.

Located just 15 km west from central Melbourne, the precinct is an established and growing area for medical, health, community, education and research services in Melbourne’s west.

The precinct is recognised in the metropolitan planning strategy ‘Plan Melbourne’ as one of 10 state significant health and education precincts across Melbourne poised for future growth.

A draft plan to guide the area’s development has been prepared by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in partnership with Brimbank City Council and state government agencies.

Plan Melbourne encourages the development of more health and education services in the precinct, and also compatible uses, such as local shops and cafes, short term accommodation, offices and housing.

The draft plan proposes to allow new land uses in some parts of the precinct, enabling additional jobs in the health, wellbeing and education sectors and improving the local streetscapes and environment.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said that the draft plan shows how the SHWEP can develop over future years.

“The SHWEP precinct has the potential to accommodate more than 7,200 jobs by 2051. This will mean a significant change to the intensity and type of land uses and development in the area.

“Having a strategic plan will ensure that we’re responding to existing and surrounding land uses as well as considering future land uses.

“It is important that future growth of the area takes place in a planned way and is informed by feedback from the local community in St Albans, and delivers significant improvement to the area,” Cr Giudice said.

The draft plan has been informed by background technical studies prepared in consultation with Brimbank Council and state government agencies, and with input from the SHWEP Strategic Plan Reference Group that was set up by Council last year after an Expressions of Interest process.

Community Drop In Sessions

Community members can attend a Community Drop In Session to ask questions about the draft plan. The Drop In Sessions will be held at

  • Ginifer Station on Wednesday 4 July from 4-6pm, and
  • St Albans Community Centre on Thursday 26 July from 5.30-8pm.

Feedback on the draft plan can be provided online at our Have Your Say page until 31 July 2018.

Your Feedback Informs the Next Steps

Once feedback from the community has been received, the VPA and Council will update the draft plan and prepare planning controls for Council to consider.

If approved by Council the community and stakeholders will have another opportunity to provide comment on the plan and draft controls during exhibition of a planning scheme amendment later this year.

The SHWEP precinct covers approximately 67 hectares of land in St Albans, centred on the Sunshine Hospital including the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.