Rockbank is set to be the newest high-growth suburb in Melbourne’s west and eventually home to more than 25,000 people.

Last month, Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced state government plans to transform the rural town, about 35 kilometres from the CBD, into a suburb of about 8000 houses.

Melton council chief executive Kel Tori welcomed the announcement, which he said council had been negotiating with the Melbourne Planning Authority for some time.

“I am very confident that all current Rockbank residents have been anticipating this for some time and I believe are looking forward to what benefits the growth will bring,” he said.

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The state government plan, which identifies where schools, road upgrades, parks and community facilities will be built, is open for public commeny until Monday, October 3.

Artist's impression of the proposed Rockbank town centre.

Artist’s impression of the proposed Rockbank town centre.

Rockbank resident and Cambridge ward councillor Nola Dunn said the west had “awoken and was the place to be”.

“The development happening in the Rockbank area is exciting and will bring to the area more job prospects for our local community,” she said.

The MPA and Melton council will host a drop-in information session on Thursday, September 10, from 4.30-8pm at Western BACE, 222 Ferris Road, Melton South.