Who are the developers of Merrifield and what are their credentials?
Merrifield is a joint venture between MAB Corporation and Gibson Property Corporation.
Established in 1995, MAB Corporation is one of Australia’s leading property developers and has delivered exceptional developments from grass root communities, inspired city skylines to thriving commercial and industrial projects. MAB take great pride in shaping the fabric of the built environment and stand by its legacy of originality, quality and excellence.
Gibson Property Corporation (GPC) is a leading property development company known for delivering high quality, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.
What is the UDIA Enviro-accreditation? And what does it mean for Merrifield?
Merrifield is the largest masterplanned, mixed-use development to obtain full certification across the full 6 star leaf rating outlined by EnviroDevelopment.
EnviroDevelopment (ED) is UDIA’s scientifically-based rating system that recognises leading-edge environmental outcomes across six areas of sustainability: water, ecosystems, community, waste, materials and energy. When you see the any one of the six ED symbols on a development, you can be assured you are buying into a project that is excelling in that specific area of sustainability.
EnviroDevelopment serves to make it easier for purchasers to recognise, and thereby select, more environmentally sustainable developments and lifestyles.
How big is Merrifield?
Merrifield is over 900 hectares in area – that’s more than 5 times the size of the Melbourne CBD!
This vibrant new city will comprise over 8,000 new homes, an employment base for 30,000 workers, a lively city centre offering retail and entertainment, and 110 hectares of open space and parklands.
Merrifield City is part of the 165 hectare Merrifield City Centre, designed to become the pre-eminent destination in Melbourne’s north for entertainment, shopping and dining. Plans include a civic hub, city square, an aquatic centre and a stunning waterfront precinct.
How long will it take to complete Merrifield?
Homes, services and facilities will be progressively delivered over time in Merrifield as the community grows. Merrifield launched in 2013 and the complete vision is expected to be fully realised over approximately 20-25 years, supported by local population growth, economic development and business and infrastructure investment.
What suburb/municipality is Merrifield located in?
Merrifield is located within the suburb of Mickleham, and Hume City Council is the designated Local Government Authority.
Who are my local Council representatives and State MP?
Merrifield is in the Aitken Ward of Hume. There are four Councillors assigned to the Aitken Ward. To view details for the four ward Councillors visit the Hume City Council website.
Merrifield sits in the State electorate of Yuroke. The current local member is Labor MP Ros Spence.
What is Merrifield Park?
Merrifield Park is a 384ha State Government-proposed regional parkland, located at the northern end of the Merrifield City Centre. It is proposed to include a range of conservation areas, sporting facilities, playgrounds, waterways and walking and cycling trails.
The land associated with Merrifield Park is owned by Melbourne Water and is subject to strategic planning approval by both the VPA and Melbourne Water. We will continue to work with both parties to ensure the best outcome is achieved for the community.
What is the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road (OMRR) and when will it commence construction?
As per the VicRoads website , the Outer Metropolitan Ring /E6 reservation will create the opportunity for new road and rail transport links through the Werribee, Melton, Tullamarine, Craigieburn / Mickleham and Epping / Thomastown areas to be provided as transport demand warrants.
Are there public bus services available?
Yes! Public bus services run on route 525, with several bus stops within Merrifield linking residents to train stations, schools, shops and more.
What is my closest train station?
Donnybrook Station is just a 7 minute drive away on Donnybrook Road, where V/Line services regularly depart to and from Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne CBD.
Craigieburn Station is the closest Metro train service, approximately 12km south of Merrifield.
Will there be walking and cycling paths in Merrifield?
Yes there will be an integrated network of walking and cycling paths throughout Merrifield, linking the residential community to both the Merrifield City Centre and Merrifield Business Park.
Purchasing and Settling Land
Is there a referral program or loyalty discount at Merrifield?
Yes! The Merrifield Plus program offers bonus rewards for referring new customers to us, and a loyalty rebate for eligible customers purchasing their second or subsequent Merrifield property.
Click here for details!
Where can I find an update on land titles?
Click here to choose your stage number to track and construction and title progress of your lot.
Why does the timeframe for land titles sometimes change?
Construction of each subdivision stage involves numerous stakeholders, audit processes and approvals, and can also be affected by inclement weather conditions.
Whilst the Merrifield development team works hard to ensure that lots title as close to the forecast timeframes as possible, it’s important for you to remember that these dates are an estimate only and will sometimes change for reasons beyond our control.
Can I inspect my block before settlement?
Visitors are not permitted to access a subdivision stage during the construction phase for safety reasons.
Please speak with the Merrifield sales team about when you may visit your block or arrange for your bank’s valuer to inspect your block.
What are my obligations during the settlement process?
You must ensure you are able to settle your block on time, as per the contract of sale conditions.
This means ensuring you have appointed a conveyancer and organised your finance.
You should also select a builder and a house design to ensure you adhere to the construction timeframe requirements.
Who maintains my block after settlement?
Once you have settled your block, it is your responsibility to ensure it is kept free of overgrown vegetation, debris and rubbish, even if the rubbish was dumped there by another party.
Installing temporary fencing around your block is an easy solution to help prevent anyone from trespassing on your block.
What happens if I am unable to settle?
The Merrifield team will work with purchasers on a case by case basis to ensure that settlement can take place as per the contract of sale. Failure to settle could result in being issued a default notice and potential legal remedies.
Building Your Home
How soon do I have to start and finish constructing my home?
You are required to commence construction of your home within 12 months of settling your land and complete construction within 18 months from the date of settlement.
If you have opted to do your own landscaping instead of taking up Merrifield’s free front landscaping offer, your landscaping of front gardens is required to be completed within 90 days of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.
If you have purchased an established (titled) lot, construction must commence within 6 months and must be complete within 12 months from the date of settlement.
Landscaping of front gardens in this instance must be completed within 30 days of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.
What is the process for submitting plans to the developer?
Your builder will usually manage this process. You/they must submit your plans and relevant documentation to the Merrifield Design Review Committee via the online portal located here.
What if I wish to change the design after my plans have been approved?
Please ensure you resubmit the amended plans to the Merrifield Design Review Committee for approval prior to construction commencing.
Minor changes to plans (e.g. paint colours) can be accommodated, however if there are significant changes to the design, a secondary review and assessment will incur a $220 fee.
What is the Community Infrastructure Levy and how much is it?
The Community Infrastructure Levy is a financial contribution made to Hume City Council by each dwelling prior to obtaining a building permit.
These funds are used to finance a variety of new infrastructure within the community. The current levy amount within Merrifield is $1,291 per dwelling as of 1 July 2023.
Further details can be found on the Hume City Council website at: https://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Building-and-Planning/Building-and-Renovations/Community-Infrastructure-Levy
What do I do if I want to relocate the driveway crossover?
Crossovers can be relocated after settlement by applying for a permit through the Hume City Council website. Further details can be found on the Hume City Council website at:
Will my neighbours pay half of the cost of the fencing?
Under the Fences Act, property owners and their neighbours have equal responsibility for dividing fences. In the cases where an adjoining block is unsold, as per your contract of sale, the developer is not required to make a fencing contribution and you retain full responsibility for fencing costs until such time as the adjoining block is sold.
To help make contact with your neighbour and arrange common boundary fencing, please contact Hume City Council. For privacy reasons we are not able to share any owners’ details.
What are site costs and how much will they be?
Site costs relate to the way the house must be built on the land depending on the circumstances of your block – such as any slope it may have or the extent of fill present.
Site conditions vary between blocks and costs will also vary between different builders. Therefore it is difficult to estimate the amount of site costs for an individual lot. Your builder will organise the necessary tests to determine the type of foundation needed for your new home and any design or cost implications.
If you’ve bought a townhome in the Townhomes by Merrifield range, you don’t have to worry about site costs. It’s all included in your fixed, turnkey price.
Will I have access to Class A recycled water?
Yes. Merrifield will provide the necessary infrastructure to enable supply of recycled water to all dwellings.
All homes constructed at Merrifield must include fittings and connections to the recycled water network, as specified by Yarra Valley Water.
How do I connect to nbn internet?
High speed fibre optic internet is provided by nbn co. to every lot in Merrifield.
Your builder must wire your house with the appropriate cabling for the national broadband network. When designing your house speak to your builder about your personal usage requirements – the services you will use and the rooms you will need phone and data points in. Ask them if they will apply for the initial connection to the NBN on your behalf.
Nbn co. is a wholesale provider, so to obtain internet access you will need to organise a plan with an internet service provider (ISP). Visit https://www1.nbnco.com.au/residential/service-providers for a list of the available ISPs, and organise a plan before you move in.
Who do I speak to if I have internet service problems?
You should always ring your internet service provider (ISP) when you have problems with your internet connection. They will investigate the issue and resolve the fault.
Can I subdivide my lot?
No. As per the creation of restriction on the plan of subdivision, further subdivision of lots is not permitted in Merrifield.
When does my landscaping need to be completed by?
If you’re organising your own, landscaping of front gardens must be completed within 90 days of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.
For an easier solution take advantage of our FREE landscaping service and we’ll do all the hard work for you!
Can I have a retaining wall?
Visible retaining walls must be less than 1.0m tall and must be constructed from material which is complimentary to the dwelling.
Can I use synthetic turf instead of grass?
No. Synthetic turf is not permitted to be used in front gardens within Merrifield.
Who is responsible for maintaining my nature strip?
The developer is responsible for maintaining your nature strip for the first 3 months following issue of statement of compliance, after which the nature strip is handed over to Council.
Post-handover, it is a requirement of Hume City Council that all residents maintain their own nature strip and street trees, including the removal of weeds.
What do I do if I am unable to maintain my nature strip?
There are a number of local gardening businesses that can assist with maintaining your nature strip. It is your responsibility to ensure that your nature strip is maintained at all times.
What are the Merrifield Design Guidelines and why are they important?
The Merrifield Design Guidelines are in place to help guide residents design their new home and ensure there is a high standard of design, construction and maintenance of all dwellings and landscaping.
The intent of the Merrifield Design Guidelines is to protect your investment by maintaining a consistent quality of built form and landscaping throughout Merrifield.
This is beneficial for both you and your neighbours – as everyone should have comfort knowing the quality of design and landscaping that is expected to be seen in Merrifield. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep Merrifield looking fantastic!
The guidelines form part of your Contract of Sale to which you are legally required to comply – any breaches to these guidelines can lead to legal ramifications.
Click here to locate the Merrifield Design Guidelines.
Am I bound by the Colour Palette in the Merrifield Design Guidelines?
Yes. The colour palette has been chosen to ensure consistency across Merrifield.
Do I need to be aware of any additional design controls?
Prominent locations, such as corner lots and lots fronting main roads are characterised as being within the ‘Boulevard character precinct’. The additional design controls for the Boulevard character precinct generally relate to façade treatment and garage siting and style. These can be found within the Merrifield Design Guidelines.
What are my landscaping and fencing obligations when my house is built?
You are required to complete your front landscaping in accordance with your developer-approved landscaping plan. If you do not have a copy of this plan, please request this from your builder.
Some key points you should make note of:
- Landscape works must be completed within 90 days of obtaining your Certificate of Occupancy
- Side fencing is not permitted to extend beyond the front façade of your dwelling
- A separate pedestrian access is required to your front porch (excluding driveway)
- Driveways are required to match the width of the crossover at the property boundary
- A contemporary letter box is required.
Questions? Visit My Home
Can I build a front fence?
As per the Merrifield Design Guidelines, front fencing is not permitted within Merrifield in order to ensure an open, neighbourly environment.
Some exceptions exist for specially designated integrated housing sites, such as townhomes. Please refer to the Merrifield Design Guidelines for more information.
Rubbish/recycling, noise and community safety
What night is my rubbish/recycling collected?
Hume City Council is the responsible authority for the weekly collection of rubbish and recycling in Merrifield. To find out more information regarding collection days, how to order new bins, and hard waste collections please visit https://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Residents/Waste.
Who is responsible for general rubbish in Merrifield?
Residents are responsible for the disposal of any rubbish on their nature strips, adjacent fences (if on a corner lot), or on their own vacant block of land.
Hume City Council is responsible for the collection of rubbish in parks and public open spaces.
What do I do if I see rubbish dumped illegally?
If you observed the person dumping the rubbish, take note of their vehicle registration and the date and time as it is illegal to dump rubbish. The Hume City Council app has a feature where these offences can be reported.
In public areas, it is Hume City Council’s responsibility to remove the rubbish. A quick way to report rubbish dumping or maintenance requirements is via the Hume City Council app or using the Snap, Send, Solve app: http://www.snapsendsolve.com/
If there is rubbish on your own block then it is your responsibility as the owner to have it removed and maintain the presentation and safety of your vacant block.
What do I do if I have a noise complaint?
If the noise is related to commercial or construction activity call the EPA Pollution Hotline 1300 372 842. If the noise is residential noise (or otherwise known as nuisance noise) contact Hume City Council or in extreme cases such as a loud party in the early hours of the morning contact Victoria Police.
What do I do if I notice something suspicious within Merrifield?
To anonymously report a crime online please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
For non-urgent reports please contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
For emergency please dial 000 for police, ambulance and fire.
Where are my closest Emergency Services?
Craigieburn Police Station, located at 155 Craigieburn Rd. In case of emergency contact 000.
SES located at 151A Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn. In case of flooding or storm damage contact 132 500.
Local Fire Service is Kalkallo CFA on Donnybrook Rd, Kalkallo. In case of a fire contact 000 immediately.
Community Programs and Services
What sporting groups or activities can I access in Merrifield?
There are a range of sporting groups and activities that have already been established in Merrifield, including the Merrifield Auskick Program, basketball clinics, Pilates and group fitness classes, and adult social sports programs.
Merrifield Panthers Sporting Association is located in Merrifield (Mickleham) and is the overarching sporting association for a range of sports servicing Mickleham and surrounding suburbs, including Basketball, Cricket, Football and Tennis. For information about the Association and how to get involved, please follow the link below:
Furthermore, the upcoming 9.5ha of Active Open Space will allow for even more outdoor recreation, with this Council-delivered space planned to include two AFL / cricket ovals, tennis courts, playgrounds and pavilions.
How do I find out about local activities and events?
There are a number of ways in which you can find out about local activities and events:
- Follow the @merrifieldmelbourne Facebook page
- Follow the @merrifieldmelbourne Instagram page
- Checking the Merrifield News page
- Ensuring you remain subscribed to email updates from Merrifield
How do I go about starting up a program in my local community?
The Merrifield Community Partnership Program (MCPP) provides a funding opportunity for individuals, community groups and community organisations wanting to partner with Merrifield to meet an identified need in the Merrifield community.
MCPP has allocated over $100,000 in grants to local community programs and activities since its commencement in 2017.
Details of MCPP including opening and closing dates are promoted on the Merrifield Facebook and Instagram page as well as the Merrifield website.
Any groups wishing to start up a program outside of the MCPP are encouraged to contact the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and support.
Will there be indoor spaces available for the community to hire?
Within Merrifield the Mickleham North Community Centre provides a permanent space to house a broad range of services for the growing community in Mickleham.
The Mickleham North Community Centre includes:
- Customer Service Monday and Tuesday 8.30am to 5pm
- Function spaces to hire casually or regularly
- Flexible multipurpose community meeting/function rooms (small to large)
- Commercial kitchen
- Consulting rooms – available for specialist services for short or long term hire
- Preschool rooms
- Maternal and Child Health consulting rooms
- Children’s story time
- Prayer services
Where can I find out about local job opportunities?
Check out our jobs portal! https://www.merrifieldjobs.com.au/
It’s free to register, and it offers the latest listings and access to employment advice and services.
Can I run a business from my home?
Residents can run small businesses without a permit pending the floor space used to conduct the business does not exceed 50 square metres (including storage) or one third of the floor area of the dwelling, and not more than one person who doesn’t live in the dwelling may work in the occupation.
To find out more about running a business from your home contact Hume City Council’s Economic Development team on 9205 2200 or email email@example.com.
How can I connect with other business owners in Merrifield?
By joining the Mickleham Business Community Facebook Group which is administered by local Mickleham business owners.