Wodonga is set to have a new community that delivers the housing and infrastructure needed to accommodate a growing population, thanks to fresh planning approvals form the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne approved the Leneva-Baranduda Precinct Structure Plan for the growth corridor to Wodonga’s south-east.

The plan allows for the development of 6,000 new dwellings over the next two decades, to accommodate 15,000 residents and land has been reserved for two future government schools.

The community will take in 1,062 hectares of land covering the picturesque area north of Middle Creek and Baranduda Boulevard which is surrounded by hills, bushland and waterways.

Developers will contribute funds towards local recreation, transport and drainage infrastructure over the life of the development.

Residents will have access to retail, jobs, and community and education facilities in the Baranduda town centre, Leneva local centre and Bears Hill community hub.

The precinct will have regionally significant sporting complexes, including Baranduda Fields, which will host a range of sporting competitions and recreational activities.

Active travel by walking and cycling will be encouraged through a network of cycling and pedestrian paths adjacent to the Wodonga retained environment network.

The plan was created by Wodonga City Council in partnership with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA).

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“This community will provide new housing, jobs and first-class sporting complexes for a growing Wodonga.”

“Wodonga is proving to be a very popular place to live and we’re planning for its future.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“This is a great outcome that will make sure a growing Wodonga has the space and the services it needs to thrive.”

Quotes attributable to Wodonga Mayor Anna Speedie

This is the culmination of a long term community vision. The future community, guided by the framework plan, will continue to build on Wodonga’s reputation as a regional city that offers a wealth of lifestyle, economic, educational and service opportunities”