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Sunshine Town Centre -
Structure Plan
September 2012

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Sunshine Town Centre – Structure Plan - 2012
Table of Contents
1. Introduction ........................................................................................... 1
1.1 What is a Structure Plan?.............................................................................1
2. The Structure Plan – Function, Objectives and Implementation ............. 3
2.1 Function....................................................................................................... 3
2.2 Objectives .................................................................................................... 3
2.3 Implementation............................................................................................. 3
3. Community and stakeholder engagement ............................................... 4
4. Regional Role and Context ...................................................................... 5
4.1 Regional Population ....................................................................................... 5
4.2 Regional Economy ......................................................................................... 5
4.3 Regional Transport ........................................................................................ 5
5. Overview and key issues analysis........................................................... 7
5.1 Community Profile ......................................................................................... 7
5.2 Topography, Natural and Landscape Features ................................................... 7
5.3 Land tenure .................................................................................................. 7
5.4 Land Use ...................................................................................................... 8
5.5 Built Form and Heritage ................................................................................. 9
5.6 Open space, Recreational Facilities and Public Environment ...............................10
5.7 Movement and Transport...............................................................................10
6. The Vision ............................................................................................. 12
6.1 Activity and Land use....................................................................................12
6.2 Built Form and Heritage ................................................................................16
6.3 Public Environment.......................................................................................18
6.4 Movement and Transport...............................................................................21
6.5 Culture and Diversity ....................................................................................24
6.6 Making it happen..........................................................................................24
7. Precincts............................................................................................... 25
7.1 Precinct 1 – Main Street Precinct ....................................................................27
7.2 Precinct 2 – Ballarat Road Precinct..................................................................29
7.3 Precinct 3 – Southern Village Precinct .............................................................30
7.4 Precinct 4 - Albion Station Precinct .................................................................31
8. Implementation .................................................................................... 33
9. Monitoring and Review ......................................................................... 47
10 Background Report….…………………………………………………………………....47

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1. Introduction
The Sunshine Town Centre Structure Plan outlines Council’s strategy for realising the Sunshine
Town Centre’s full potential, and transforming it into the capital of Melbourne’s west.
The basic building blocks of this vision are already in place with traditional high street shops,
two major shopping centres, Victoria University campus, nearby hospital, and a host of
government and community services that draw thousands of people every day from the
western suburbs to the centre. The Regional Rail Link including the multi-million dollar upgrade
of Sunshine Railway Station will significantly improve public transport capacity and establish
Sunshine as a regional gateway to western Victoria and metropolitan entry point for trains
travelling from Victoria’s three largest regional cities.
The Sunshine Town Centre (the “Town Centre”) is a principal activities area in the City of
Brimbank, and is 12 kilometres west of central Melbourne. It is concentrated around
Hampshire Road and bounded by Ballarat Road to the north, Anderson Road and Talmage
Street to the west, Derby Road to the south, and a network of streets in and around Withers
and Kennedy Streets to the east. It includes Sunshine and Albion railway stations (
Map 1
)
.
Brimbank City Council has established the “Sunshine Rising Initiative”, which is a
comprehensive Council place management program. The program will ensure that Council
focuses on, advocates for, and delivers urban renewal to improve and revitalise the Sunshine
Town Centre.
Sunshine has many attributes which will help it achieve the structure plan vision which
include:
Connectivity to rail, road, ports and airport infrastructure.
Proximity to central Melbourne and outer urban growth areas.
Proximity to major employment areas.
The ability to accommodate increased commercial and residential development in and
around an established commercial centre.
Relative affordability.
Cultural diversity within the community.
The Town Centre is receiving substantial improvements to its rail infrastructure as part of the
Regional Rail Link, which will act as a catalyst for urban renewal along the railway corridor.
Sunshine Railway Station will be the first combined stop for Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong
trains, creating the potential to bring thousands of new visitors to Sunshine.
Given the complex nature of ownership, occupation and use of the Town Centre, the
realisation of the vision relies on a range of public and private sector organisations, agencies
and individuals beyond Council. A governance framework has been developed to facilitate a
strong enduring relationship and collaboration with the public and private sectors in the centre.
This structure plan outlines the strategies and actions for the management and growth of
quality development in the Town Centre for the next 20 years.
1.1 What is a structure plan?
A structure plan is a high level document that provides a guide for changes to land use
and development in the Town Centre that occur as part of private investment decisions
over time.
The process of developing a structure plan produces both a plan about how the centre
will develop and an implementation strategy including the actions needed to realise that
plan.
The structure plan will require changes to the local planning scheme.

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Map 1: Sunshine Town Centre - Local Context

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2. The Structure Plan
2.1 Function
The Structure Plan provides an integrated plan for the future development of the Town Centre
and referred to as the Sunshine Activities Area (the “SAA”) for the remainder of the document.
The Structure Plan will help guide decision making about land use, improvement to public
areas and development proposals. It will also help allocate resources to business development,
community facilities, and arts and cultural activities, access and movement in the area.
The Structure Plan:
Defines the boundary of the SAA.
Identifies actions to enable change within the SAA.
Identifies redevelopment opportunities.
Encourages a mix of retail, commercial, residential and community uses that meet
community needs and increase the local economy.
Identifies a preferred urban structure and built form for the SAA.
Encourages improvements to the character, amenity, safety and vitality of the SAA.
Promotes, identifies and prioritises a well-connected walking, cycling and public
transport network.
Encourages safe vehicle movements and the efficient use of car parking.
Encourages future development that is sustainable and enhances the environmental
qualities of the area.
Encourages a high level of amenity in all development, and attractive public spaces that
encourage social interaction.
Identifies opportunities to increase leisure, recreation, arts and cultural activities.
2.2 Objectives
The plan sets out objectives for the transformation of the SAA, which has been organised into
four distinct precincts. The plan accommodates the projected growth and change over 20
years, and takes into account a longer-term planning horizon.
2.3 Implementation
The implementation program is set out using six key themes:
Activities and Land Use
Built Form and Heritage
Public Environment
Movement and Transport
Making it happen
It outlines the priorities, areas of responsibility and processes required to realise the Structure
Plan. The actions include: continued engagement with the community; amending the local
planning policy framework and zoning controls within the activities area; and clarifying
Council’s priorities for asset development.
The structure plan is intended to inform future decision-making and resource allocation. The
implementation of the plan relies on a range of private and public stakeholders including
Council. The implementation of initiatives that are the responsibility of Council will be subject
to the annual capital works and operational budget process.

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3. Community & Stakeholder Engagement
Engagement and consultation for the Sunshine Town Centre Structure Plan has been ongoing
since preparation of the original structure plan, Sunshine Beyond 2020. This plan was adopted
by Council in November 2006 and revised in July 2009. Community engagement continued
during preparation of the Brimbank Community Plan 2009 – 2030, through regular Council-run
listening posts and a vision and future directions process undertaken in 2011.
A communication and engagement process was developed for the update of the structure plan
and run over two stages from March to April 2012 and June to July 2012. This included
listening posts, community information sessions, feedback surveys and presentations to the
key groups including the Sunshine Town Centre Partnership Group, the Sunshine Business
Association and Sunshine District Service Providers.
The following key directions are a summary of the results of community engagement and
consultation:
Improve the business mix in the Town Centre, including the provision of evening
businesses.
Encourage suitable development.
Improve safety and appearance.
Protect existing residential and heritage areas.
Improve Sunshine and Albion railway stations, including lighting and access.
Improve green spaces and public places.
Build on the cultural diversity and history of the Town Centre.
Provide a mixture of housing choices at affordable prices.
Improve walking and cycling connections.
Improve the appearance of properties and businesses.
The Structure Plan will ensure the aspirations of the community are achieved and that the
Town Centre has:
An improved sense of place.
Buildings which reflect the preferred character of the precincts.
Be a clean and safe place at all times of the day.
Have well-located public spaces which are easy to access.
Be a great place to live, offering housing choice and a range of community
infrastructure, including good cycling and walking connections.

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4. Regional Role and Context
The SAA sits within the western region of the Melbourne metropolitan area and is strategically
located at the centre of a high growth region (
Map 2
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4.1 Regional population
The local government areas of Wyndham and Melton together represent the fastest-growing
region in Australia. Recent growth in the western region of Melbourne outstripped that of the
Gold Coast, which equates to over 20,000 residents now calling Melbourne’s west their home.
Brimbank City Council’s roads and community infrastructure are likely to experience pressure
from growth in neighbouring municipalities. Housing in Brimbank near public transport,
particularly railway stations, is likely to become more attractive.
Within Brimbank, it is estimated that the south-eastern district (Sunshine) will grow by 7,272
residents by 2021 (forecast.id, 2010)
*
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4.2 Regional economy
The current industry profile of the Melbourne West Region shows that the three major
industries are manufacturing, which comprises 14.7% of total employment, retail trade
(13.1%) and construction (10.8%). The transport, postal and warehousing sector was also a
large employer, with 9.7% of total employment. Combined, these four industries made up
approximately 50% of all employment in the Melbourne West Region in 2011, equivalent to
120,200 jobs.
The two major growth industries are education and training, and health care and social
assistance which each represent 9.0% and 9.6%, respectively, of the 2011 total employment
in the Melbourne West Region. There was very little employment growth in professional,
scientific and technical services (4.1%) and financial and insurance services (1.5%) in 2011.
SGS Economics and Planning, 2012.
Brimbank’s hierarchy of activities areas (also known as Town Centres) positions Sunshine and
Sydenham to have a future regional focus with St Albans, Deer Park and Keilor having a local
focus. These five centres serve as community and economic hubs that provide opportunities
for future housing and commercial development.
4.3 Regional transport
Sunshine is a premium station and the fourth most used suburban station on the Sydenham
line. It is an interchange station and a stop on the V/Line services to Ballarat and Bendigo.
Sunshine will develop as a regional rail hub, with the redevelopment of the Sunshine Railway
Station as part of the Regional Rail Link, including V/Line services to Geelong.
There are 11 buses servicing the centre including a SmartBus. Major roads include the
Western Highway and nearby Western Ring Road, which provide good connectivity to western
Victoria and central Melbourne. Melbourne Airport and the Port of Melbourne are also easily
accessible.
The Western region has received major infrastructure funding, including: the $4.3 billion
Regional Rail Link between Wyndham Vale and Southern Cross Station; the $330 million Deer
Park Bypass, completed in 2009; and the $1.2 billion upgrade to the Western Ring Road.
Planned projects include East-West Link, which would create another crossing of the
Maribyrnong River and new road access to the port. The proposed Outer Metropolitan Ring
Road will connect the Hume Freeway to the Princes Freeway, south-west of Werribee. These
transport changes are influencing the urban growth of the western region and should provide
new economic development opportunities.
Future projects also include the possibility of the Airport Rail Link option being located through
Sunshine and Albion Stations, the electrification of the Deer Park Line to Melton and the
current electrification of the Sydenham line to Sunbury.
*
At this time Victoria in Future (2012) does not provide projections at a local level.

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Map 2: Regional Context

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5. Overview and Key Issues Analysis
5.1 Community Profile
Context and issues
By 2021, an estimated additional 7,272 people are expected to live in the south eastern
district of Brimbank (Sunshine) increasing the total population to 52,310.
Brimbank is one of Victoria’s most culturally diverse municipalities, with more than 150
nationalities represented. In the Sunshine Statistical Local Area, approximately 50.4% of
residents were born overseas, and 61.2% residents speak a language other than English at
home. The most common being Vietnamese 19.1%, Greek 4.9%, Maltese 3.4%, Cantonese
3.1% and Punjabi 2.3%.
The Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage highlights that the community surrounding
Sunshine has significant disadvantage particularly when compared to metropolitan Melbourne.
Opportunity
The centre will experience population growth over time thereby increasing the need for
housing diversity and will result in economic growth and increased services.
The cultural diversity of the centre will influence the type of services and facilities
required and how the image and identity of the centre can be reflected in activities and
development.
5.2 Topography, Natural and Landscape Features
Context and issues
The SAA sits on the Victorian Volcanic Plain, formed millions of years ago from volcanic
eruptions and lava flows. Kororoit Creek, to the south west, contains some remnant native
vegetation.
Due to the volcanic activity, there are significant shallow deposits of basalt rock below the
surface of the SAA. The deposits currently make it difficult to economically provide basement
car parking within the Town Centre.
Although Stony Creek is not a visible waterway within central Sunshine, it has the potential to
provide open space and recreational opportunities.
Opportunities
There is opportunity to create a linear landscaped area along Stony Creek.
5.3 Land Tenure
Context and issues
A range of lot sizes provide a mix of development opportunities within the SAA. The
percentage of private, public and Council-owned land within the SAA is as follows (Brimbank
City Council, 2011):
Privately-owned land: 97.4 hectares, which equates to 60% of the land in the SAA.
Council-owned land: 10.7 hectares, which equates to 8% of the land in the SAA.
Other government land holdings: 45.5 hectares, which equates to 32% of the land in
the SAA.
Finer grained lots tend to limit opportunities for development. These are generally located in
established residential areas to the east and south west of the centre and lots fronting the
southern sections of the Hampshire Road. The shopping centre sites represent significant
ID Population Forecast - http://forecast2.id.com.au/Default.aspx?id=103&pg=5210&gid=340, accessed 23/08/2012
ABS 2011 census data available at
http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/data?opendocument#from-banner=LN
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strategic opportunities for both short and longer term redevelopment within the core of the
centre.
Larger underutilised existing and former industrial properties to the north, west and south east
of the activities area provide significant longer term strategic opportunities for development of
higher density mixed use development integrated with the centre through an expanded finer
grain of streets and blocks.
Significant State Government (VicTrack) land assets are located adjacent to the Sunshine and
Albion Railway Stations. Council land assets include significant car park areas along Dawson
and Clarke Streets within the eastern blocks of the centre, and an off-street car park along
Durham Road in the Southern Village precinct.
The SAA is characterised by underutilised land which is in multiple ownership. Effective
development of the SAA will require efficient use of land.
Opportunities
There is opportunity to more efficiently use land within the SAA.
There is opportunity for Council to advocate for more appropriate use of government
owned land that can in turn promote redevelopment of private land.
The rail corridor and adjacent public land present key opportunities for transit oriented
development integrated with the broader centre.
5.4 Land Use
Context and issues
Retail and commercial activity is located on Hampshire Road “Main Street Precinct” including
the two large format shopping centres of Sunshine Market Place (on the former Sunshine
Harvester site) and Sunshine Plaza. A smaller retail village to the south of Sunshine Railway
Station is located on Sun Crescent and City Place adjacent the current pedestrian underpass.
Civic facilities, including the Sunshine Municipal Offices, Sunshine Swim & Leisure Centre,
Sunshine Library and Visy Youth Hub are currently centred along an axis established by
Service Street. A government / legal precinct containing Sunshine police and law courts are
located in and around the intersection of Harvester Road ant its intersection with Ballarat
Road. Education facilities “bookend” the Hampshire Road spine with the Sunshine Campus of
Victoria University located on Ballarat Road to the north of the centre and a co-located
Sunshine Primary and Sunshine College to the south of the SAA.
A large portion of land in the Main Street Precinct and adjacent to both the Albion and
Sunshine train stations is dominated by at- grade car parking.
There is large underutilised industrial land parcels to the north and west of Hampshire Road
and adjacent the two train stations and these reflect the centre’s industrial heritage. A
number of these former industrial sites are located adjacent the intersection of Ballarat Road
and Anderson Road. Some have been redeveloped for car based bulky goods retailing.
Established residential areas generally form a clear boundary to the centre along the SAA’s
eastern and south western edges. The Brimbank Housing Strategy,
Home and Housed
(2012),
provides direction regarding the location and types of new dwellings. In addition, it estimates
Brimbank will require 6,080 new dwellings by 2021.
Approximately 2,846 dwellings will be required in the Sunshine local planning district between
2011 and 2021 to accommodate population growth of approximately 7,272.§ The planned
expansion of Victoria University will increase demand for student housing and other facilities.
Regional population growth will result in increased demand for a range of commercial, public,
education and health and community services that are centrally located and well serviced by
public transport.
§
ID Population Forecast - http://forecast2.id.com.au/Default.aspx?id=103&pg=5220&gid=340, accessed 23/08/2012
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Opportunities
The urban structure of the SAA provides an opportunity to establish four distinct
precincts, each with a focus on different uses.
Sites near Ballarat Road provide opportunities for synergies with Victoria University.
The planned expansion of Victoria University will further increase demand for student
accommodation.
The land around the Albion Railway Station, “Albion Triangle” and Stony Creek provides
an opportunity for new development on underutilised land.
5.5 Built Form and Heritage
Context and issues
Existing built form is generally low rise ranging from small lot shops in a traditional retail strip
environment and single level detached houses at the edge of the centre, through to larger
format stand-alone shopping centres within the core retail area and larger format retail,
education and industrial buildings to the areas north west and south east. The generally flat
topography combined with generally weak definition in built form, landscape and street
network results in a relatively illegible and indistinct urban environment aside from the
southern blocks located on Hampshire Road within the Main Street Precinct.
Hampshire Road forms a major movement spine through the centre of Sunshine. A finer grain
of street and block pattern defines the eastern side of this road while adjacent areas to the
west and north are defined by larger land parcels and with limited permeability.
Areas along Ballarat Road, north of Albion Station and south of Sunshine Station at the
activities area edges are defined by further large industrial lots with limited permeability.
Hampshire Road is spilt by the rail overpass and interchange at Sunshine Railway Station. The
design of this interchange around vehicles (including buses) has compromised the urban form
of this location in terms of both pedestrian movement and land parcels.
Much of the SAA’s heritage fabric is distributed either side of the rail corridor along traditional
pedestrian links between the former Sunshine Harvester factory, the Sunshine Railway Station
and residential areas to the south-west.
The overall built form and public realm legibility is weakened by significant at-grade car
parking areas off Hampshire Road and a transport hub visually dominated by a rail overpass,
bus layover areas and commuter parking at Sunshine Station.
Heritage and landmark built forms include the Darling Flour Mill buildings adjacent Albion
Station, the HV McKay offices, and former fire station and along the street network south of
Devonshire Road.
Opportunities
There are significant opportunities for both large scale renewal of strategic sites and
incremental infill development aimed at reinforcing, repairing and extending Sunshine’s
pedestrian-oriented street network.
There are opportunities to retain and reuse heritage sites with a focus on a stronger
urban form and sense of place.
The redevelopment of the Sunshine Railway Station and interchange presents a
significant opportunity to reconnect the adjacent urban fabric and enhance the
precinct’s legibility.

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5.6 Open space, Recreational Facilities & Public Environment
Context and issues
Council owns a number of green open space areas in the activities area, including an area
adjacent to the Sunshine Swim & Leisure Centre, the heritage listed HV McKay Gardens
connected to the centre via a pedestrian overpass at the west end of Devonshire Road, RT
Pollard Gardens at the edge of the Southern Village area at the centre’s southern gateway, and
Lynch Gardens along the northern edge of Hampshire Road.
In addition to these more central parks and reserves, a number of larger open space assets
exist outside the centre within established residential areas. All residential areas immediately
adjacent to the activities area are located within 500 metres, or a 5-10 minute walk, of green
open space.
Potential additional recreation assets include part use of the former Sunvale Primary School as
a park and use of the Sunshine Energy Park for a regional multi-sports facility.
Chaplin Reserve is an area of privately owned recreational land used by the George Cross
Soccer Club. Any potential relocation of the club may result in a review of future land use.
Streets and footpaths make up most of the public realm environment in the SAA. Council has
been working to enhance these spaces as pedestrian spaces together with improvements to
car parks and Hampshire Square.
Opportunities
Council owned parks and gardens present opportunities to reinforce the centres sense
of place through highlighting connections to the centre’s “industrial garden suburb”
past.
Design the public environment to focus on pedestrians rather than car based
environments.
Council owned car parks adjacent its Sunshine Swim and Leisure Centre and Dawson
Street, and large potential redevelopment sites present an opportunity to enhance and
extend the network of open spaces and linkages within the SAA.
There is opportunity to target improvements to connections between and to open space
assets through better pedestrian and cycling amenity.
As the population increases in the SAA, there will be additional demand for green open
space, and higher amenity streets and plazas.
Integrate Sunshine Energy Park into the northern areas of the SAA.
As of part of the construction of the Regional rail Line there is opportunity to create a
new Station Plaza and forecourts, as well as good public links to the station.
5.7 Movement and Transport
In a survey conducted for Brimbank City Council in 2009, 59% of respondents travelled to the
Sunshine Town Centre by car and a significant 22% travelled by public transport. Despite
relatively low rates of car ownership in the Sunshine area, the centre is dominated by at-grade
car parks. How different modes of travel are managed can ensure a pleasant and safe
experience for all and encourage use of modes that more environmentally sustainable.
5.7.1
Walking and cycling
Context and issues
Pedestrian and cycling links are currently fragmented and do not adequately link the SAA into
local and regional surrounds. Significant barriers to movement include the Sydenham and
Melton rail lines and main roads including Ballarat and Anderson Roads. Legibility and way
finding require improvement, especially around Sunshine Railway Station, where a lack of
signage and paths make it difficult to navigate to the SAA.

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The
Brimbank Cycling and Walking Strategy, 2008
identifies priorities for improving pedestrian
and cycling paths and amenities with the aim of delivering a connected network throughout
the municipality and beyond.
Opportunities
Key horizontal and vertical spines, in particular Hampshire and Devonshire Roads and
the rail lines can provide better cycling and pedestrian connections to and through the
centre. There is also the opportunity to connect bike trails into the Kororoit Creek and
Federation Trails.
Pedestrian and cycle safety and amenity can be improved at the Sunshine and Albion
Railway Stations and transport interchange areas.
Development of a linear bike path and trail along the Sydenham and Melton railway
corridor.
5.7.2
Public Transport
Context and issues
The SAA is a major public transport hub with two Zone 1 railway stations, Sunshine and
Albion, as well as bus and taxi services. The bus interchange has one of the highest rates of
bus to bus transfer in Melbourne. The interchange will be enhanced through Regional Rail Link
improvements. The project will give Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat trains dedicated tracks
from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station enabling increased metropolitan and regional
services, and improved safety and amenity.
Both Sunshine and Albion Railway Stations are popular with park and ride commuters. Albion
Railway Station, in particular has a high demand for park and ride, being the last Zone 1
station on the Sydenham line.
Opportunities
There is opportunity to make better use of land around stations that are currently
impacted by parking demands associated with the demarcation of Zone 1 and 2 train
ticketing. This demarcation has significant impacts on the use, form and quality of
urban space around both rail stations in the activities area, particularly for parking.
Providing connected and coordinated bus services to the rail interchange of Sunshine
will remain important.
5.7.3
Vehicle Traffic and Parking
Context and issues
Private vehicles are currently the primary form of access to the SAA. This dominance creates a
conflict between modes as they compete for limited road space. The majority of car parking is
at-grade with the large parking allotments contributing to the fragmentation of the SAA. Car
parking lots are not well designed or pedestrian friendly. Perceptions of safety are poor, with
the bulk of car parking bays located at the rear of retail premises or in isolated areas.
The grade separation of Anderson Road will enable through traffic to bypass the central part of
the SAA and Hampshire Road in the future, however, will increase pressure on the Ballarat and
McIntyre Road intersection which already operates at near capacity.
Opportunities
Car dependence and the need for extensive areas of car parking can be reduced
through better transport planning and shifting modes of transport.
Better managing the space allocated to car parking can provide more efficient use of
land and resources.
Prioritise the St Albans Road realignment and extension to alleviate traffic congestion at
Ballarat and McIntyre Roads.

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6. The Vision
Sunshine Town Centre will be recognised as one of Melbourne’s great centres – a place people
want to visit, shop, work, study and live in. Sunshine is strategically positioned to be an
important regional centre for Melbourne’s growing west and western Victoria, as well as a
vibrant hub for the local community. It will be a place that:
Provides a diverse and comprehensive range of shopping, recreation, community, civic
and cultural services.
Provides an increased range of employment and educational opportunities.
Is the preferred location for regional government and commercial services in western
Melbourne.
Provides a range of quality housing choices for Brimbank’s growing population.
Has high quality, accessible and well maintained public places, streets and parks.
Has a strong sense of community and place.
Is a vibrant, safe and clean Centre that is lively day and night.
Has an integrated regional transport hub at the Sunshine Train Station.
Is characterised by its cultural diversity and Sunshine Harvester heritage.
Planning for Sunshine Town Centre’s Future – Strategic response
The Structure Plan’s strategies and initiatives respond to growth requirements for housing,
office, business, retail and entertainment.
The objectives, strategies and actions to achieve the vision are outlined below. The information
has been arranged into the following key themes:
1. Activities and Land Use
2. Built Form and Heritage
3. Public Environment
4. Movement and Transport
5. Cultural and diversity
6. Making it happen
The key future elements for the Sunshine Town Centre are illustrated in the Framework Plans.
6.1 Activity and Land Use
Refer to Map 3
6.1.1
Urban Structure
Objective:
To improve the economic vibrancy and sense of community and place in the SAA.
Strategies:
Consolidate retail, community and entertainment activities around the Hampshire Road spine
between the railway line, and Foundry and Hertford Roads.
Provide for higher density housing throughout the centre, particularly above ground floor retail
and commercial activities.
Focus more intensive use and built form around the Sunshine Railway Station whilst
maintaining a lower street edge scale of development along the traditional main streets.
Locate major retail and community facilities in and around the Main Street Precinct.
Develop commercial space, higher-density housing, large-format retail, and government and
education facilities in the north, on Ballarat Road.

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Redevelop the “Albion Triangle” with commercial space, retention and reuse of the Darling
Flour Mills, higher-density housing and promote the development of Stony Creek as an open
space corridor.
Create an urban village south of the railway line through lower-scale development such as
cafés and shop top housing.
Capitalise on land resources along the rail corridor, including broadening the mix of uses and
providing new housing on land surplus to transport needs.
Focus land use and built form directions according to four key precincts:
Main Street;
Ballarat Road;
Southern Village; and
Albion Station.
Actions:
1. Apply appropriate planning scheme provisions across the SAA which reflect the preferred
use and development within the precincts.
2. Undertake feasibility studies to explore the full development potential of vacant and
underutilised land around the Sunshine Railway Station precinct.
6.1.2
Residential
Objective:
To promote diverse housing options, including higher and medium density housing
developments, within the SAA.
Strategies:
Encourage a mix of heights to achieve increased density to accommodate population growth.
Establish higher-density housing above ground floor commercial activities in the Main Street
retail core.
Establish higher-density mixed-use development along Ballarat Road, around the Sunshine
Railway Station and in the Albion Triangle.
Action:
3. Apply appropriate planning scheme provisions across the SAA which encourages the
development of housing at preferred heights and densities.
4. Proactively engage with property owners and investors to encourage and promote
development in line with the Structure Plan.
6.1.3
Retail and Business
Objectives:
To establish the SAA as a location for regional offices serving the western region of Melbourne.
To ensure that there is a major retail focus in the Main Street precinct and build on the ethnic
and fresh food qualities of the centre.
To enhance the economic performance of the centre.
Strategies:
Concentrate retail and commercial businesses within the Main Street precinct, particularly
around the Sunshine Railway Station.
Within the core of the Main Street Precinct encourage the operation of businesses during the
evening, including restaurants, cafes and bars.
Consolidate large-format, restricted retail in the Ballarat Road precinct between Victoria
University and fronting McIntyre Road.

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Within the Southern Village precinct and the Albion Triangle precinct, encourage local
convenience retailers, such as cafes and other uses that can activate street frontages and
promote a village feel.
Redevelop former industrial land for appropriate uses throughout the SAA.
Actions:
5. Continue to support the Sunshine Business Association through the establishment of a
sustainable marketing and business development program.
6. Implement a program of business and investment attraction initiatives within the centre.
7. Implement a shop front improvement program to improve the appearance and
presentation of businesses within the Sunshine Town Centre.
8. Implement a program of marketing, community events, activities and communications
which will improve the economic performance of the centre.
9. Work with property, business owners and the State Government to facilitate property
development and promote the location of regional services within the centre.
6.1.4
Civic, Community and Education
Objectives:
To ensure that the civic, community and educational facilities and services are appropriate to
the needs of the existing and future community.
Strategies:
Locate high-quality and accessible civic, community and educational facilities and services
within Sunshine Town Centre.
Within the Southern Village and Albion Precinct, encourage community and cultural uses (such
as art studios, theatres and galleries), including in heritage buildings.
Support opportunities to build upon the business and service connections of existing
community infrastructure such as Victoria University, Sunshine Hospital and the law courts.
Actions:
10.Continue to seek further funding to enable expanded and improved community services
and facilities including stage 2 of the Sunshine Library and Learning Centre.
11. Undertake further strategic work to identify existing and future community infrastructure
needs relative to population growth.
12. Encourage and advocate for the upgrade and expansion of civic, community and education
infrastructure including Victoria University, the Sunshine Hospital, the Sunshine law courts
and Sunshine Secondary College.
13.Advocate for the location of appropriate community services and facilities within the SAA.
14. Promote SAA’s community, civic and educational facilities throughout the western region.
15. Develop partnerships with schools close to the SAA to share facilities for community use.
16.Advocate and pursue the location of agencies that support community needs and address
disadvantage.

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M
ap 3: Framework Plan - Land Use Activity

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6.2 Built Form and Heritage
Refer
Map 4.
Objective:
To ensure that the scale, bulk and quality of new development supports Sunshine’s distinctive
sense of place through a legible and high quality built form.
To enhance and integrate sites of heritage significance into the SAA, reinforcing a sense of
place.
Strategies:
Establish high quality built form with traditional, human scaled street wall forms.
Conserve and enhance the heritage character of traditional (early 20th Century) shopping
strips and historic pedestrian connections between Sunshine Station, the former Sunshine
Harvester Site, McKay Gardens and Sun Crescent and City Place.
Facilitate the redevelopment and reuse of heritage buildings across the Town Centre which
enhance and strengthen the historical, social and cultural significance of these places.
Enhance connections between the large format retail centre sites to the Hampshire Road “main
street” through a new town square defined by high quality landmark built form frontages and
entrances to Hampshire Road.
Use built form expression to indicate the locations of major entries to the SAA. These are
located on the corner of Ballarat Road and Hampshire Road and at the Sunshine Railway
Station including the bus interchange.
Facilitate the longer term integration of large scaled strategically important sites between
Hampshire Road and Albion Station along an extension of St Albans Road to Foundry Road and
the introduction of a finer grain street and block pattern.
Manage the built form transition between areas of change within the SAA and established
residential areas outside of the SAA.
Enhance the existing village character of areas within the Southern Village centred on Sun
Crescent and City Place to the south of the rail corridor through lower built forms.
Integrate the redevelopment of large strategically significant former industrial and rail corridor
land to the east of Hampshire Road adjacent Sunshine Station through an extension of Sun
Crescent and the introduction of a finer grain street and block pattern.
Design new buildings to connect to and provide opportunities for surveillance over public
spaces.
Transition built form heights from the activities area to established residential areas
surrounding the SAA.
Actions:
17.Apply appropriate planning scheme provisions to direct preferred built form outcomes
a
cross the SAA.
18.Advocate for St Albans Road extension to facilitate development of the “Albion Triangle”.
19. Establish and implement urban design guidelines and urban design frameworks to ensure
high quality urban design outcomes in new built form.
20. Work with land owners to preserve and reuse heritage buildings.
21.Create heritage trails/walks in the SAA to support the interpretation of heritage places
considering the use of interpretative signage and interactive technology.
22. Explore opportunities to re-use heritage buildings for community and other uses.

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Map 4: Framework Plan – Built Form

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6.3 Public Environment
Objective:
To create and reinforce a sense of place.
To create a public environment which is accessible to all of the community.
To ensure that the provision and amenity of open space and services is appropriate to the
needs of the existing and future community.
Strategies:
Provide appropriately located and well-designed public spaces throughout the centre including
spaces suitable for community art, festivals, markets, outdoor dining and other activities.
Provide public spaces that provide the community with opportunities to connect to its history
and identity.
Encourage the creation of new streets and open spaces as part of larger development.
Encourage the creation of boulevards of large canopy trees along main roads, complementing
existing plantings.
Regenerate the streets and laneways through the provision of lighting, windows and entrances
that can increase activation of these spaces.
Where possible incorporate public art into new developments including those which front
laneways and other public spaces.
Encourage landscaping in public areas that maintains clear pedestrian sight lines.
Reinforce, enhance and extend the “main street” character of Hampshire Road between
Sunshine Railway Station and Ballarat Road through a distinctive and cohesive public realm
and streetscape.
Improve streetscapes including consistent landscaped setbacks where there is an interface
with established residential areas outside the activities area.
Provide amenities within the SAA to support pedestrian activity including appropriately located
seating, shelter and public toilets.
Design public works and community infrastructure to provide access and opportunity for all.
Promote Sunshine’s recreational opportunities and increase participation of people with
disability in community life.
Actions:
23.Create a public realm strategy that identifies a hierarchy of centre streets and places, is
focussed on Hampshire Road and establishes the basis for the centre’s preferred future
public realm design.
24. Design new streets and open spaces that better integrate and connect the areas in the SAA
and foster a “sense of place” and improve pedestrian safety.
25.Create a boulevard along Anderson Road, Ballarat Road, Foundry Road, Hampshire Road
and Harvester Road which complement existing plantings (Landscaping in properties
adjoining these roads should complement the theme of these roads).
26.Continue to advocate for the creation of a new open space on the former Sunvale Primary
School site
27. Improve pedestrian linkages and connections to open spaces near the SAA including
Kororoit Creek and Dempster Park.
28. Explore opportunities to regenerate the streets and laneways, including public art projects.
29. Ensure appropriate public lighting is provided throughout the SAA.

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30.Carry out safety audits with community members and Victoria Police to identify areas
requiring improvement.
31. Facilitate and organise activities and events that activate public spaces, including the
Sunshine Street Market.
32. Establish a program to initiate and improve footpath trading.
33.Conduct an accessibility audit in the SAA to identify the need for improvements to the
public environment to ensure that people of all abilities can access and move through the
centre.

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Map 5: Framework Plan - Public Realm

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6.4 Movement and Transport
6.4.1
Walking and Cycling
Objectives:
To give pedestrians and cyclists priority as modes of transport.
To increase walking and cycling within and to the SAA.
Strategies:
Improve the amenity and safety of walking and bicycle routes and ensure they are connected
to the wider catchment area.
Promote new connections and a finer grain street pattern to promote walking and cycling
through the SAA.
Ensure adequate infrastructure to support increased walking and cycling including adequate
seating, bicycle racks, parking and lighting.
Actions:
34. Develop a travel mode hierarchy to give pedestrians and cyclists priority in the SAA.
35.Advocate for the construction of the Sydenham to Footscray regional cycle link and
improved walking and cycling convenience throughout the SAA.
36. Work in conjunction with VicRoads to improve pedestrian and cycling movements along
VicRoads-managed roads, including Ballarat Road.
37. Implement a pedestrian way finding system to improve navigation in and around the SAA.
6.4.2
Public Transport
Objective:
Increase the use of public transport to and from the SAA.
Strategies:
Physically and visually reconnect the Sunshine Railway Station including the bus interchange
area to Hampshire Road.
Provide better pedestrian and cycle connections to and through the Sunshine Railway Station
including the bus interchange area.
Consolidate and integrate car parking throughout the SAA to encourage the use of more
sustainable forms of transport.
Encourage activation of public transport nodes to improve amenity, safety and natural
surveillance
Actions:
38. Work with the Victorian Government to implement priority actions for the SAA which arose
from the 2008 - 2009 Department of Transport Brimbank Bus Review.
39.Continue to advocate for the reclassification of trains west of Sunshine from Zone 2 to
Zone 1. This would reduce congestion in the SAA created by commuter car parking.
40.Advocate for the completion of a feasibility study into the provision of a light rail along
Ballarat Road, from Footscray to Caroline Springs.
41. Ensure that pedestrian wayfinding is incorporated in future improvement to public
transport and connects to the system established for the SAA.

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6.4.3
Traffic and Parking
Objective:
Ensure that the needs of motorists are balanced against the priority for pedestrians and
cyclists in the SAA.
Strategies:
Better manage and integrate traffic flow and car parking throughout the SAA.
Encourage the provision of improved utilisation of valuable developable land, and convenient
safe access to car parking.
Encourage through traffic to use main roads on the periphery of the SAA, limiting Hampshire
Road and local roads to local traffic.
Actions:
42. Undertake further strategic work to ensure the improvement of traffic movement through
the centre and over time prioritise the completion of Local Area Traffic Management Plans
which includes an investigation of traffic movement through Sunshine North.
43. Implement revised car parking rates for new development in the SAA.
44. Work with the State Government to improve the provision and management of commuter
car parks.
45.Advocate for the construction of the St Albans Road extension, and the Sydney Street
extension to Sunshine Energy Park.
46.Review existing car parking management to ensure there is equitable and optimal turnover
use of parking spaces in the SAA.
47. Investigate the viability of multi-deck car parking in appropriate locations within the SAA.

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Map 6: Framework Plan – Movement and Access

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6.5 Culture and Diversity
Objectives:
To create a heightened sense of pride in the creativity and culture of the Sunshine community.
To promote a sense of place through arts and culture within the SAA.
Strategies:
Celebrate cultural diversity and creativity in the SAA by referring to the community’s diverse
history and cultural identity in new buildings and works, festivals and other initiatives.
Promote cultural diversity in the marketing of the Sunshine Town Centre.
Action:
48. Develop a calendar of community events and activities to be held in the SAA that
acknowledges and celebrates the cultural diversity which defines the SAA and surrounding
community.
49. Develop an art strategy to examine the establishment of an arts precinct and how art and
culture can be reflected and incorporated within the SAA.
6.6 Making it Happen
Objective:
Establish clear, transparent management and decision-making processes for implementation of
the vision for the SAA.
Strategy:
Create and implement governance arrangements and partnerships to guide the SAA’s
development.
Actions:
50.Continue the Sunshine Rising Program to coordinate and integrate an all of Council
approach to management and implementation within the SAA.
51.Continue to support the Sunshine Partnership Group.
52. Establish working groups with representatives from Council, the State Government,
community and the private sector to help implement key projects.
53.Amend the Brimbank Planning Scheme to introduce relevant provisions to direct land use,
built form and car parking provision.
54.Create development contribution plans to assist funding of community facilities, public art
and urban design improvements.

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7. Precincts
The SAA has been divided into four distinct precincts. Each precinct has a different character
and vision for its future development. Guidance is provided for the appropriate use and
physical form of development to reinforce the desired future character.
The following section details preferred land use and design outcomes for each precinct with
design objectives and standards to achieve these preferred outcomes.

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Map 7: Overall Precinct Plan

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7.1 Precinct 1 – Main Street Precinct
Preferred Outcome
Hampshire Road is reinforced as the traditional main street of Sunshine and the focus for
social and economic activity. Hubs of activity are developed around new public squares
adjacent the new Sunshine Railway Station and bus interchange to the south and adjacent the
main street shopping centre entrances to the north.
Areas to the east of Hampshire Road intensify with medium rise, street based, mixed use and
residential development reinforcing and enhancing the existing town centre street network.
The centre’s civic character is enhanced through improvements to open space areas including
a new link between Sunshine Swim and Leisure Centre and Hampshire Road.
Areas to the west of Hampshire Road within the former Sunshine Harvester site intensify and
diversify over time around a new finer grain street and block pattern and an expanded public
realm network.
Land Use Objectives:
To develop and maintain the Main Street precinct as a focal point for ground-floor
retail, as well as civic, business and community activities.
To develop Hampshire Road, between Service Street and Dickson Street, as the
retail promenade in the SAA.
Land Use Strategies
Consolidate retail, community and entertainment uses within the Main Street
precinct.
Promote housing above ground floor.
Along the railway corridor, south-east of the Sunshine Railway Station, encourage
mixed-use development. This may include housing at ground floor level.
Along Hampshire Road, encourage outdoor restaurants and cafés, and pedestrian
activity.
Encourage evening and late-night uses close to Sunshine Railway Station and bus
interchange and along pedestrian networks to improve public safety through
increased activity and passive surveillance.
Encourage facilities and services that can draw students and staff from Victoria
University into the Main Street precinct.
Design Objectives:
Protect, enhance and extend the traditional two storey main street built form along
and adjacent Hampshire Road between the Sunshine Railway Station and Service
Street.
Reinforce and extend the traditional “main street” character of Hampshire Road
between Devonshire Road and the shopping centres through high quality active
frontages and traditional/consistent human scaled street wall development.
Establish high quality landmark built forms to interface with a new town square at
the junction of the shopping centres and Hampshire Road.
Facilitate the redevelopment and integration of the Sunshine Marketplace shopping
centre into Hampshire Road – including public realm and surrounding community
facilities
Strengthen pedestrian and cycling connections between Sunshine Marketplace
Shopping Centre and the surrounding street network. Retain and integrate the
heritage garden character of the east side of Hampshire Road between Hertford
Road and Ballarat Road within the Main Street public realm.
Establish consistent street wall buildings along Dickson, Clarke and Withers Streets
to improve the physical and visual connections between Hampshire Road and Clarke
Street and the Sunshine Railway Station and bus interchange.
Facilitate redevelopment of larger lots between Dawson and Kennedy Streets to
provide high quality active street wall edges to the surrounding street network and
mid-block open spaces.

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Reinforce the predominant residential character of Hertford Road, George and Neil
Streets through lower scaled built forms and landscaped front setbacks.
Design Requirements
Preferred building heights and street wall should accord with Map 4 – Preferred built
form.
Enclosed shopping centres and large buildings must address streets and the
principal pedestrian network with open, accessible, active frontages.
Routes through enclosed shopping centres and other large buildings shall connect
directly to a public street and the principal pedestrian network.
Design of enclosed shopping centres and other large buildings should maximize
natural light and passive ventilation.
Integrate enclosed shopping centres and large buildings into the public realm, with
a focus on Hampshire Road as the main street.
Strengthen east-west pedestrian links between Hampshire, Foundry and Anderson
roads through the use of existing streets, and new streets included in new
developments.
Other Actions
P1.1 Advocate for improvements to the Devonshire Road Footbridge to improve pedestrian
and cycling access.
P1.2 Work with the owners of the Sunshine Market Place shopping centre to establish short
term opportunities within the context of a longer term masterplan for the site to meet
the land use and design objectives for SAA.
P1.3 Complete the Visy Youth Hub, and upgrades to Sunshine Library and Learning Centre.
P1.4 Investigate measures to improve movement across the Harvester Road and Foundry
Road intersection.
P1.5 Undertake additional strategic work to inform potential future use and redevelopment
of KC Chaplain Reserve, and the former Sunvale School Site.

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7.2 Precinct 2 – Ballarat Road Precinct
Preferred Outcome
Ballarat Road develops as a landscaped boulevard supporting a mix of uses complementary to
the Main Street core activity area, existing educational facilities at Victoria University, and the
justice precinct.
The town centre is given a distinctive address to Ballarat Road through new high quality land
mark buildings at key intersections.
Land Use Objective:
To integrate Victoria University and Ballarat Road frontages with the Main Street
Precinct.
Land Use Strategies
Provide a mix of activities that draw people between Ballarat Road and Sunshine
Station and core functions of the Main Street Precinct.
Encourage a mix of education, civic, residential and bulky goods activities at ground
level.
Increase opportunities for higher density housing, mostly through residential
development above ground floor.
Design Objectives:
To create a gateway to the SAA through built form and public realm enhancements at
the northern end of Hampshire Road.
To support the development and improvement of the Victoria University site north of
Ballarat Road.
To ensure that new development incorporates links and a gateway to the SAA.
To encourage high-density buildings on Ballarat Road to mark the gateway to the SAA.
To develop Ballarat Road as a boulevard with taller buildings and significant landscaping
reinforcing its broad street proportions
Design Requirements
Preferred building heights and street wall should accord with Map 4 – Preferred built
form.
Incorporate landscaped front setbacks along Ballarat Road, reinforcing a boulevard
theme.
Other Actions
P2.1 Work with Victoria University to identify opportunities for expansion of facilities
in the SAA and joint coordination of initiatives aimed at improving connections
within the SAA.

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7.3 Precinct 3 – Southern Village Precinct
Preferred Outcome
The Sun Crescent and City Place Village is revitalised with additional small scaled local retail
and services supported by an increased residential population.
The redeveloped Sunshine Railway Station facilitates the expansion and intensification of
residential uses on former rail and industrial land to the south east, well connected to the
village via the redeveloped Sunshine Railway Station.
Underutilised land in the western portion of the precinct between Sun Crescent and the rail
corridor is redeveloped for higher density mixed use development within an extended grid of
public streets.
Land Use Objectives:
To encourage local retail, including cafes, with shop-top housing.
To encourage the transition of existing industrial areas to commercial or residential
uses.
Land Use Strategies
Provide for a range of commercial and entertainment uses at ground level with
residential above.
Encourage after hours activity adjacent the rail station entries and pedestrian links.
Incorporate commercial land use within the Sunshine Railway Station redevelopment to
activate this use between train arrivals and departures.
Design Objectives:
To encourage the conservation and enhancement of the heritage character of Sun
Crescent and City Place.
To enhance the existing village character of the Southern Village precinct, particularly
west of Hampshire Road through lower built forms.
To integrate the redevelopment of large strategically significant former industrial and
rail corridor land to the east of Hampshire Road adjacent Sunshine Railway Station
through an extension of Sun Crescent and the introduction of a finer grain street and
block pattern.
To enhance the southern entry to the activities area along Hampshire Road with well
articulated human scaled built forms
Design Requirements
Preferred building heights and street wall should accord with Map 4 – Preferred built
form.
Ensure that new development along Sun Crescent integrates with the surrounding
heritage area.
Other Actions
P3.1 Complete the Southern Precinct Urban Design Framework.
P3.2 Work with VicTrack to establish feasibility and long term plan for surplus rail
land along the rail corridor.
P3.3 Work with VicRoads and Region Rail Link Authority to identify opportunities for
improving pedestrian safety and amenity adjacent the rail overpass.
P3.4 Continue the Sunshine Artspace project including the provision of affordable art
space within the Southern Village precinct
P3.5 Investigate the longer term potential to restore the former Sunshine Theatre for
cultural activities.
P3.6 Advocate for small scaled public art projects within the precinct.
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7.4 Precinct 4 - Albion Station Precinct
Preferred Outcome
Activity around Albion Station intensifies over time for a range of higher density transit
oriented residential and commercial uses supported by a finer grain of pedestrian friendly
streets.
The precinct integrates with the SAA as a whole through a new street extension linking St
Albans Road to Foundry Road, a reinterpreted Stony Creek Corridor and the emergence of a
new village centre adjacent Albion Railway Station catalysed by the adaptive reuse of the
landmark Darling Flour Mill site. It also requires improved connections for pedestrians and
cyclists across the rail corridor.
Land Use Objectives:
To provide for a range of residential and commercial uses that will capitalise on
proximity to Albion Railway Station.
To encourage the rezoning of redundant industrial land to mixed use which integrate
into the SAA.
To encourage the conservation and reuse of the Darling Flour Mill site, sub-station and
other heritage buildings.
To provide for convenience retailing for the surrounding residential community.
To promote after hours activity adjacent Albion Railway Station to support a safer and
more vibrant transport hub.
Land Use Strategies
Encourage the adaptive reuse of the Darling Flour Mill to include active ground floor
uses fronting Albion Railway Station.
Allow for small scaled industrial uses within the Darling Flour Mill site.
Extend St Albans Road south of Ballarat Road through to Anderson Road, with a
connection to Foundry Road. The road shall have a high level of pedestrian and cyclist
amenity, and integrate with the Albion Railway Station, commuter car parking and bus
stops.
Design Objectives:
To ensure that significant heritage elements and views associated with the Darling Flour
Mill are maintained.
To create a recreation and pedestrian link along Stony Creek.
To improve the amenity, safety and connectivity around Albion Station.
To preserve view corridors to the Darling Flour Mill from the Ballarat Road.
Facilitate the extension of St Albans Road as a high quality pedestrian friendly street
supported by quality built form frontages between Albion Station and Foundry Road.
Retain significant trees and landscape character, and provide high quality buildings with
active interfaces, in Talmage Street.
Ensure buildings between Talmage Street and the railway line are similar in form and
massing to the Albion VR, D.C. substation. Buildings should face the street and Barclay
Reserve, and contribute to the creation of an avenue effect along the street.
Ensure that development faces Stony Creek and is setback from the waterway for the
provision of a substantial open space and recreation corridor.
Ensure new development interfaces well with the proposed extension to St Albans
Road.
Design Requirements
Preferred building heights and street walls should accord with Map 4 – Preferred built
form.
Development setbacks on the east side of Talmage Street should take into
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Other Actions
P4.1 Work with VicTrack and the owners of the Darling Flour Mill Site to develop an
Albion Station Precinct masterplan.
P4.2 Work with VicRoads to ensure alignment and design of the St Albans Road
extension supports pedestrian movements and future redevelopment
opportunities.
P4.3 Work with Melbourne Water to establish opportunities for the reinstatement of
Stony Creek as a landscape asset.
P4.4 Undertake a feasibility study to assess future uses of the Darling Flour Mill.
P4.5 Undertake a feasibility study to assess development options of Council owned
land on the east side of Talmage Street.
P4.6 Advocate for the substantial improvements to Albion Station which improve
access and landscaping.
P4.7 Work with VicTrack and Public Transport Victoria to better manage commuter
car parking demand.
P4.8 Examine opportunities to incorporate and promote heritage within the
redevelopment of the Darling Flour Mills.

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8. Implementation
The allocation of budget toward the implementation plan will be subject to the annual capital works and operational budget process
undertaken by Council. Approved expenditure is subject to a range of Council purchasing requirements to ensure competitive tendering,
best value and a rigorous and fair assessment and selection processes.
The timing section in the implementation plan indicates the suggested timeframe in which the action might be undertaken which is
defined as follows:
Ongoing business as usual
Short
1 – 3 years
Medium 3 – 5 years
Long
5 years plus
The budget section in the implementation plan includes an indicative budget range which is defined as follows:
Low
Less than $100,000
Medium $100,000 to $500,000
High
$500,000 plus
Abbreviations include:
BBC
Brimbank City Council
DEEWR
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
DOT
Department of Transport
DPCD
Department of Planning and Community Development
RRL Alliance Regional Rail Link Alliance
SBA
Sunshine Business Association
P1
Precinct 1 – Main Street Precinct
P2
Precinct 2 – Ballarat Road Precinct
P3
Precinct 3 – Southern Village Precinct
P4
Precinct 4 – Albion Station Precinct

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
1, 3, 17 & 53 Apply appropriate planning scheme
provisions across the SAA which
reflect the preferred use and
development within the precincts,
built form including heights and
densities and car parking provisions.
Immediate
12 mths BCC
DPCD
Yes
Low
2
Undertake feasibility studies to
explore the full development
potential of vacant and underutilised
land around the Sunshine Railway
Station precinct.
Short
12 mths BCC
Relevant
stakeholders
including
VicTrack, DOT
Yes
Low
4
Proactively engage with property
owners and investors to encourage
and promote development in line
with the Structure Plan
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Propety owners
and investors
As required
Low
5
Continue to support the Sunshine
Business Association through the
establishment of a sustainable
marketing
and
business
development program
Short
12 mths BCC
Business
operators and
property owners
Yes
Low
6
Implement a program of business
and investment attraction initiatives
within the centre
Short
Ongoing BCC
SBA, property
owners and
business
operators
Yes
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
7
Implement a shop front
improvement program to improve
the appearance and presentation of
businesses within the Sunshine
Town Centre.
Short
Ongoing BCC
SBA, property
owners and
business
operators
Yes
Low
8
Implement a program of marketing,
community events, activities and
communications which will improve
the economic performance of the
centre
Short
Ongoing SBA /
BCC
SBA, business
operators and
community
groups
Yes
Low
9
Work with property, business owners
and the State Government to
facilitate property development and
promote the location of regional
services within the centre.
Short
Ongoing BCC
Various
No
Low
10 Continue to seek further funding to
enable expanded and improved
community services and facilities
including stage 2 of the Sunshine
Library and Learning Centre.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Various
No
Low
11 Undertake further strategic work to
identify existing and future
community infrastructure needs
relative to population growth
Short
12 months BCC
Various
Yes
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
12 Encourage and advocate for the
upgrade and expansion of civic,
community and education
infrastructure including Victoria
University, the Sunshine Hospital,
the Sunshine law courts and
Sunshine Secondary College.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Various
No
Low
13 Advocate for the location of
appropriate community services and
facilities within the SAA.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Various
No
Low
14 Promote SAA’s community, civic and
educational facilities throughout the
western region.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Various
No
Low
15 Develop partnerships with schools
close to the SAA to share facilities
for community use.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Various
Yes
Low
16 Advocate and pursue the location of
agencies that support community
needs and address disadvantage.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Various
Yes
Low
18 Advocate for St Albans Road
extension to facilitate development
of the “Albion Triangle”.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
VicRoads, DOT Yes
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
19 Establish and implement urban
design guidelines and urban design
frameworks to ensure high quality
urban design outcomes in new built
form.
Short
12 mths BCC
DPCD
No
Low
20 & 22 Work with land owners to preserve
and reuse heritage buildings,
including for community
and other
uses.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Relevant
property
owners,
Heritage
Victoria
Yes
Low
22 Create heritage trails/walks in the
SAA to support the interpretation of
heritage places
considering the use
of interpretative signage and
interactive technology.
Medium
24 mths BCC
Sunshine
Historical
Society
Yes
Medium
23 Create a public realm strategy that
identifies a hierarchy of centre
streets and places, is focussed on
Hampshire Road and establishes the
basis for the centre’s preferred
future public realm design.
Short
12 mths BCC
DPCD, DOT,
VicRoads
Yes
Low

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Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
24 Design new streets and open spaces
that better integrate and connect the
areas in the SAA and foster a “sense
of place” and improve pedestrian
safety
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Various
As part of public
realm strategy
High
25 Create a boulevard along Anderson
Road, Ballarat Road, Foundry Road,
Hampshire Road and Harvester Road
which complement existing plantings
(Landscaping in properties adjoining
these roads should complement the
theme of these roads).
Long
24 mths BCC
VicRoads
Yes
High
26 Continue to advocate for the
creation of a new open space on the
former Sunvale Primary School site.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
DEEWR, DPCD Yes
High
27 Improve pedestrian linkages and
connections to open spaces near the
SAA including Kororoit Creek and
Dempster Park.
Long
24 mths BCC
Various
Yes
Medium
28 Explore opportunities to regenerate
the streets and laneways, including
public art projects.
Long
24 mths BCC
Relevant
property owners
Yes
High
29 Ensure appropriate public lighting is
provided throughout the SAA.
Medium
24 mths BCC
Relevant power
authorities
Yes
High

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
30 Carry out safety audits with
community members and Victoria
Police to identify areas requiring
improvement.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Community,
Police
No
Low
31 Facilitate and organise activities and
events that activate public spaces,
including the Sunshine Street
Market.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
SBA
Project
dependent
Low
32 Establish a program to initiate and
improve footpath trading.
Short
Ongoing BCC
SBA
Yes
Low
33 Conduct an accessibility audit in the
SAA to identify the need for
improvements to the public
environment to ensure that people
of all abilities can access and move
through the centre.
Short
12 mths BCC
BDAG
Project
dependent
Low
34 Develop a travel mode hierarchy to
give pedestrians and cyclists priority
in the SAA.
Short
12 mths BCC
VicRoads, DOT,
DPCD
Yes
Low
35 Advocate for the construction of the
Sydenham to Footscray regional
cycle link and improved walking and
cycling convenience throughout the
SAA.
Long
12 mths BCC
DOT, VicRoads Yes
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
36 Work in conjunction with VicRoads to
improve pedestrian
and cycling
movements along VicRoads
managed roads, including Ballarat
Road.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
VicRoads, DOT Yes
Low
37 Implement a pedestrian way finding
system to improve navigation in and
around the SAA.
Short
24 mths BCC
DOT, DPCD
Yes
Medium
38 Work with the Victorian Government
to implement priority actions for the
SAA which arose from the 2008 -
2009 Department of Transport
Brimbank Bus Review.
Short
Ongoing BCC
DOT, VicRoads As required
Low
39 Continue to advocate for the
reclassification of trains west of
Sunshine from Zone 2 to Zone 1.
This would reduce congestion in the
SAA created by commuter car
parking.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
VicTrack, Metro
Trains, DOT
As required
Low
40 Advocate for the completion of a
feasibility study into the provision of
a light rail along Ballarat Road, from
Footscray to Caroline Springs.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
DOT, VicRoads,
Metro Trains
As required
Low
41 Ensure that pedestrian wayfinding is
incorporated in future improvement
to public transport and connects to
the system established for the SAA.
Short
24 mths BCC
RRL Alliance,
Metro Trains
As required
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
42 Undertake further strategic work to
ensure the improvement of traffic
movement through the centre and
over time prioritise the completion of
Local Area Traffic Management Plans
which includes an investigation of
traffic movement through Sunshine
North.
Short to
Medium
Ongoing BCC
DOT, VicRoads,
Metro Trains
(strategic work) Yes
Medium
43 Implement revised car parking rates
for new development in the SAA.
Short
12 mths BCC
DOT, VicRoads, Yes
Low
44 Work with the State Government to
improve the provision and
management of commuter car
parks.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
DOT, VicTrack,
Metro Trains
Yes
Low
45 Advocate for the construction of the
St Albans Road extension, and the
Sydney Street extension to Sunshine
Energy Park.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
DOT, VicTrack,
VicRoads
Yes
High
46 Review existing car parking
management to ensure there is
equitable and optimal turnover use
of parking spaces in the SAA.
Short
12 mths BCC
SBA
Yes
Low
47 Investigate the viability of multi
deck car parking in appropriate
locations within the SAA.
Medium
12 mths BCC
Relevant
property owners
Yes
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
48 Develop a calendar of community
events and activities to be held in
the SAA that acknowledges and
celebrates the cultural diversity
which defines the
SAA and
surrounding community.
Short
Ongoing BCC
SBA
As required
Low
49 Develop an art strategy to examine
the establishment of an arts precinct
and how art and culture can be
reflected and incorporated within the
SAA.
Medium
12 mths BCC
Arts community Yes
Low
50 Continue the Sunshine Rising
Program to coordinate and integrate
an all of Council approach to
management and implementation
within the SAA.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Relevant
partners
As required
High
51 Continue to support the Sunshine
Partnership Group.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Relevant
partners
As required
Low
52 Establish working groups with
representatives from Council, the
State Government, community and
the private sector to help implement
key projects.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Relevant
partners
As required
Low
54 Create development contribution
plans to assist funding of community
facilities, public art and urban design
improvements.
Short
12 mths BCC
DPCD
Yes
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
P1.1 Advocate for improvements to the
Devonshire Road Footbridge to
improve pedestrian and cycling
access.
Short
12 mths BCC
RRL Alliance,
DOT, VicTrack
Yes
Low
P1.2 Work with the owners of the
Sunshine Market Place shopping
centre to establish short term
opportunities within the context of a
longer term masterplan for the site
to meet the land use and design
objectives for SAA.
Short
12 mths BCC
Relevant
property owner
Yes
Low
P1.3 Complete the Visy Youth Hub, and
upgrades to Sunshine Library and
Learning Centre.
Short
12 mths BCC
Project partners
and funding
agencies
Yes
High
P1.4 Investigate measures to improve
movement across the Harvester
Road and Foundry Road intersection.
Short
12 mths BCC
VicRoads
Yes
Low
P1.5 Undertake additional strategic work
to inform potential future use and
redevelopment of KC Chaplain
Reserve, and the former Sunvale
School Site.
Short
12 mths BCC
Relevant
property owners
Yes
Medium
P2.1 Work with Victoria University to
identify opportunities for expansion
of facilities in the SAA and joint
coordination of initiatives aimed at
improving connections within the
SAA.
Long
Ongoing BCC
Victoria
University
Yes
Medium

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
P3.1 Complete the Southern Precinct
Urban Design Framework.
Short
12 mths BCC
DPCD, DOT,
VicRoads
Yes
Low
P3.2 Work with VicTrack to establish
feasibility and long term plan for
surplus rail land along the rail
corridor.
Medium
12+ mths BCC
DOT, VicTrack Yes
Low
P3.3 Work with VicRoads and Region Rail
Link Authority to identify
opportunities for improving
pedestrian safety and amenity
adjacent the rail overpass.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
RRL Alliance,
VicTrack, Metro
Trains, Police
Yes
Low
P3.4 Continue the Sunshine Artspace
project including the provision of
affordable art space within the
Southern Village precinct
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
As required
Low
P3.5 Investigate the longer term potential
to restore the former Sunshine
Theatre for cultural activities.
Long
Ongoing BCC
Relevant
property owner
and arts
agencies
Yes
Low
P3.6 Advocate for small scaled public art
projects within the precinct.
Ongoing
Ongoing BCC
Arts agencies Yes
Medium
P3.7 Implement a shop front
improvement program.
Short
12 mths BCC
SBA, Property
owners
Yes
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
P4.1 Work with VicTrack and the owners
of the Darling Flour Mill Site to
develop an Albion Station Precinct
masterplan.
Short
12 mths BCC
Property owner,
VicTrack, Metro
Trains,
VicRoads
Yes
Low
P4.2 Work with VicRoads to ensure
alignment and design of the St
Albans Road extension supports
pedestrian movements and future
redevelopment opportunities.
Medium
Ongoing BCC
Property
owners,
VicTrack, Metro
Trains,
VicRoads
Yes
Low
P4.3 Work with Melbourne Water to
establish opportunities for the
reinstatement of Stony Creek as a
landscape asset.
Long
12+ mths BCC
Melbourne
Water,
adjoining
property owners
As required
High
P4.4 Undertake a feasibility study to
assess future uses of the Darling
Flour Mill.
Medium
12 mths BCC
Relevant
property owner
Yes
Low
P4.5 Undertake a feasibility study to
assess development options of
Council owned land on the east side
of Talmage Street.
Medium
12 mths BCC
Adjoining
property owners
Yes
Low
P4.6 Advocate for the substantial
improvements to Albion Station
which improve access and
landscaping.
Medium
24 mths BCC
VicTrack, DOT,
Metro Trains
Yes
Low

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Ref Action
Timing /
Priority
Duration Lead
Agency
Involved
Community and
Stakeholder
Engagement
Costs (subject
to Council’s
budgetary
process)
P4.7 Work with VicTrack and Public
Transport Victoria to better manage
commuter car parking demand.
Medium
24 mths BCC
VicTrack, DOT,
Metro Trains
Yes
Low
P4.8 Examine opportunities to incorporate
and promote heritage within the
redevelopment of the Darling Flour
Mills.
Short
12 mths BCC
Heritage
agencies,
property owner
Yes
Low

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9. Monitoring and Review
A review of the Structure Plan will be undertaken within four years.
Monitoring and benchmarking change across the centre, particularly in relation to
the vision and themes established in this Structure Plan is important.
A monitoring program which includes a range of benchmarks will be undertaken
as part of the Sunshine Rising program, as indicated in the
Sunshine Rising
Strategic Business Plan 2012-2017
.
10. Background Report
The Structure Plan is informed by a background report drawn from the following:
2006 Census data analysis and projections for future population growth & change
Ageing Well Strategy, Cities of Brimbank, Maribyrnong and Shire of Melton, 2004
Blocurban Urban Design Integration Report 2012
Brimbank Activity Centre Strategy 2008
Brimbank City Council Natural Heritage Strategy, Ecology Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
(Reviewed Abzeco Pty Ltd, 2006)
Brimbank Community Plan 2009 – 2030
Brimbank Council Plan 2012–2016
Brimbank City Council Creating Better Parks, 2007
Brimbank Cycling & Walking Strategy, 2008
Brimbank Housing Strategy “Home and Housed”, 2012
Brimbank Industrial Land Strategy, 2012
Brimbank Integrated Transport Strategy, 2007
Brimbank Landscape Guidelines, 2001
Brimbank Municipal Strategic Statement
Brimbank Native Vegetation Review: Site Assessments, Abzeco Pty Ltd, 2007
Brimbank Post-Contact Cultural Heritage Study, Version 2, 2007
Brimbank Stormwater Management Plan, 2004
Sunshine Economic Assessment, Charter Keck Cramer, 2012
Central Sunshine Urban Design Framework, 2009
Kororoit Creek Regional Strategy 2005 - 2030
State Planning Policy Framework
Sunshine Beyond 2020: Sunshine Principal Activity Centre Structure Plan 2009
Sunshine Rising Strategic Business Plan 2012-2017
Western Region Employment and Industrial Development Strategy, 2007
Western Regional Housing Statement, Cities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay,
Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Wyndham, the Shire of Melton, the Department of
Sustainability and Environment and the Department of Human Services, 2006.
Copies of these studies are available on request, and are generally available on the
Council website, www.brimbank.vic.gov.au
and in municipal libraries.
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