Pakenham has this year become home to a number of exciting high-profile government projects which have seen development and jobs boom in the area.
Two major rail projects – a pre-cast factory on Healesville-Kooweerup Road, and a train depot in Pakenham East – are boosting local employment by the hundreds and have seen Pakenham become the hub of the State Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project.
Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Brett Owen said with 40 new families moving to the shire each week, it was important the area attracted as many jobs as it could.
“And with 70 per cent of our residents leaving the area for work, we welcome these local jobs,” councillor Owen said.
The council has also announced plans for a motorsport, karting and driver training precinct.
It is understood the council is looking to develop two adjoining parcels of land – a 13.36 hectare site for karting and a 64.46-hectare site for motorsports.
Council is also spending $9.52 million developing the Deep Creek Recreation Reserve in Cameron Way, Pakenham.
The Deep Creek Master plan identified development opportunities over a 48-hectare area of council ‘greenfield’ land and the existing Pakenham Golf Course.
The project will include new paths and car park, development of infrastructure (including a sustainable Deep Creek Complex, all-abilities playground, indigenous plant nursery, wetland and education facilities and kickabout area) and Melbourne Water wetlands.
Other significant projects in the shire’s five-year capital works program include redevelopment of Cardinia Cultural Centre ($9 Million), new playground and recreational facilities ($320,000) and new and refurbished footpaths ($5.55 million).
The shire is also spending $19.94 million on roads this financial year.
Plans are also in place for a new skate park at Beaconsfield. Jointly funded by Cardinia Shire Council and the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Programme, the new Beaconsfield Skate Park is planned for construction throughout summer 2017–’18, and will include footpath connections, shelter, a drink fountain, bins, landscaping and sealing of the main car park at the Holm Park Reserve.