Have your say: Urban design principles for Melbourne Airport rail corridor projects


With State and Federal governments now committed to major rail infrastructure projects, Brimbank Council has developed Draft Urban Design Principles aimed at optimising the benefits of the Melbourne Airport Rail (MAR) via Sunshine Station and leveraging the opportunities associated with the Western Rail Plan.

The Victorian Government’s Western Rail Plan sets out the future investment Victoria needs for a fast, high capacity rail network serving Melbourne’s growing suburbs and regional areas.

The MAR will be built via Sunshine, and move north through Albion station. This will have a significant impact on Albion train station, requiring major alterations to the station and surrounding areas.

As such, Brimbank Council has developed urban design principles as follows:

  • Draft Albion Station Precinct Urban Design Principles
  • Draft Sunshine to Melbourne Airport Rail Corridor Urban Design Principles

The draft principles will guide Council’s advocacy and inform discussions with the State Government on the planning, design, and delivery of the major city shaping rail infrastructure projects in Brimbank.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said these transformational projects are set to be a game changer for Melbourne’s west, resulting in significant investment and improvements to the Sunshine Town Centre, Albion and surrounding areas.

‘With such rapid development, we want to ensure that any future growth in the municipality is well considered and planned for.

‘We will work hard to make sure the voice of our community is considered in the planning, design and delivery of these rail projects.

‘It’s critical we have quality design principles that revitalise these public areas and support safer travel and transport connections for people living in the West.

‘We look forward to working together with the State Government and our community to deliver on environmentally sustainable design, safety, economic development, and maximising outcomes from the MAR and related rail infrastructure projects.

‘I encourage everyone to have their say on the design principles, and help us create safer, vibrant and more connected communities in Brimbank,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

To view the draft principles and provide feedback visit

Submissions close on 20 December 2019.