The Moonee Valley Park project team were thrilled to be a part of the speaker panel at the 2019 Urbanity conference. Hosted by The Urban Developer, Urbanity brings together leaders and visionaries in the property industry from across Asia Pacific to share their stories of success, lessons in life and business, visions for the future and big ideas for change.
Representing Moonee Valley Park was Hamton Development Director Alice Dore, alongside Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) Head of Property, Georgia Willis. Together they spoke on ‘the transformative power of place’, discussing how urban regeneration can inspire a new wave of change in cities. With over 35 years of combined industry experience across urban development and renewal, Alice and Georgia were well placed to provide invaluable insights on the topic.
Together they unveiled Moonee Valley Park; the $2 billion regeneration project set to transform the iconic Mooney Valley Racecourse into a premium new neighbourhood. The defining botanical vision for the project was shared ‘ A neighbourhood within a park’, highlighting over 50% of the 40-hectare site will be dedicated to vibrant green spaces.
Georgia spoke to MVRC’s vision and future, including the new grandstand, which on completion will represent one of the world’s greatest night racing venues that will host up to 30 race meets each year including the famous Cox Plate.
“Embedding our unique entertainment and hospitality experiences for local, interstate and international visitors within Moonee Valley Park will cement this precinct as a key part of Melbourne’s urban fabric.” said Georgia.
An eager and attentive crowd listened in as the pair shared the plans to utilise as much of the current “landlocked site”, including the transformation of the infield into a lively hub of activations and activities for both residents and the broader community alike.
Alice discussed how urban design has shaped the Moonee Valley Park masterplan. The pedestrian experience and walkability has been a key priority for the project placing convenience and amenities within walking distance for residents.
“A mix of specialty retailers, cafes, restaurants, medical office and sports venues, will amplify the convenience of living within or near Moonee Valley Park,” said Alice.
“The suite of yoga and pilates studios, gyms, sporting fields, and running tracks highlights our commitment to promote wellness amongst the community.”
The Moonee Valley Park team are excited that in the very near future, the vision of a Neighbourhood in a Park will become a reality as construction starts onsite, transforming this urban regeneration site into a vibrant place to call home.
Overall, the conference was a huge success and we were honoured to sit alongside an esteemed panel of leaders and industry experts. We look forward to the next Urbanity conference.