Community Services Precinct set to assist in social and health issues in Melbourne’s North
Melbourne’s Northern suburbs are home to some of Australia’s fastest growing populations.
In the heart of this growth is The City of Whittlesea, incorporating the suburbs of Epping, Lalor, Thomastown, South Morang, Whittlesea, Mill Park, Mernda and Doreen. With a view to establishing a comprehensive plan for their future, in August 2013 the Council released their Community Plan designed to shape the following seventeen years; ‘Shaping Our Future: Whittlesea 2030’. Shaping Our Future identified five of its top ten priorities linked to the availability of health and community services for the residents.* To this end, the thriving Northpoint Enterprise Park, that until now has been recognised for its commercial, industrial and retail developments is taking steps to help tackle this community and infrastructure challenge head on.
Northpoint Enterprise Park is making a significant investment in developing a Community Services Precinct within the Estate. Underpinned by the existing Epping Medical Centre, this Precinct is located on the Eastern side of the 126 Hectare [312 Acres] Estate.
The Epping Medical Centre has undergone significant change in the last twelve months. Current and ongoing developments guarantee continued growth in the already comprehensive range of medical, health and wellness services available to local residents and businesses in Melbourne’s north.
Developments at the Epping Medical Centre include;
– An update of the Centres brand – Now known as the Epping Medical Centre
– The addition of a General Practice operated by Tristar Medical Group. The renowned Tristar Medical Group operate over 40 general practices throughout Victoria, New South Wales and ACT, with further Practices set to open in South Australia and Northern Territory in 2015
– Opening of The Private Specialist Centre which increases the availability and range of specialist services available through the Centre
In addition, planning is underway for the addition of a Day Procedure Centre within the Epping Medical Centre. Land directly adjacent to the current Medical Centre has also been rezoned for use as a Private Hospital.
In further news, Northpoint Enterprise Park is welcoming Eclipse Childcare to the Estate, who will be opening a modern, new, 92 place Childcare facility immediately adjacent to the Epping Medical Centre. Construction of this new facility will commence in January 2015 with the Centre expected to open later in 2015.
“Our research has shown that in the vicinity of Epping there is significant demand for childcare. The majority of centres in Epping are near the ‘old’ part of the suburb and most of these existing centres are already either full or have only limited vacancies. Introducing Eclipse Child Care at Northpoint Enterprise Park will provide parents with access to top quality child care, in a brand new building all conveniently located near Cooper Street, on their way to the freeway.”
Says Eclipse Managing Director, Hugh Ellis
There are also plans underway for an Aged Care Facility located near the Epping Medical Centre and Child Care Centre within the Estate.
“As has been our practice within the commercial, industrial and retail areas of Northpoint Enterprise Park, we actively seek suitable partners. This has been fundamental to the ongoing success of our Estate, ensuring that businesses who share a similar philosophy on growth, development, presentation and professionalism are located together. We also want to ensure that all the community facilities developed within the Park are offering complimentary services and will maintain the highest standard of quality, both in terms of the buildings that are built and services that are offered.”
Says Northpoint Enterprise Park’s Development Director, John Purdey