More new homes on the way for Melbourne’s west


Development Victoria is creating a new neighbourhood in Melbourne’s west on the site of the former City West Water office in Sunshine North.

Located along St Albans Road, LUMA Sunshine North is located close to existing jobs, schools, roads, and hospitals, and will provide approximately 300 new homes.

Melbourne-based SAW Constructions has been appointed to deliver 86 townhouses in stage one of LUMA, with construction of homes now under way.

In early 2024, stage two of LUMA was launched, which will consist of 85 new homes. A key feature of stage two is the priority access program which offers those on incomes eligible for affordable housing a chance to buy homes before they’re made available to the general public.

About 765 jobs are expected to be created across these stages, with more jobs to come in stage three.

Development Victoria Group housing head Penny Forrest said LUMA is creating more housing opportunities to meet growing demand in the west.

“The affordable initiatives on offer, such as the low upfront deposit means buying a house is more accessible to those whose dream it is to own a home,” she said.

“There’s great value in using locally based companies to deliver the projects, where possible, and appointing SAW Constructions to build the next stage of homes solidifies our commitment to supporting local jobs.”

Once complete, the 300 new homes will be energy efficient with solar panels and battery storage.

The homes will also be surrounded by green spaces, including a new local park covering 3600 square metres and open to the public. The new park will feature a fully equipped children’s playground, sheltered barbecue facilities, a picnic area and kick-about spaces.

Construction of the park is expected to start mid-year and be completed in early 2025.

Future plans for the site also include a pedestrian and vehicle bridge over Stony Creek via Metherall Street, providing a link between LUMA and the existing community, and new commercial and retail precincts featuring a mix of retail outlets such as supermarkets and specialty stores.