Home buyers happy to take Tarneit for granted [The Age, 2009]

Old but gold. Throwback 2009.

Tarneit’s population is expected to double to about 14,000 by about 2011, with children under four the fastest-growing demographic. Changes to the urban growth boundary mean that in 30 years the broader city of Wyndham would be among the largest local governments, with a population of 430,000. The Age, July 2009

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Home buyers happy to take Tarneit for granted
by Natalie Craig
Source – The Age, published July 6, 2009

Lonely: Tony Zhang outside his house at Watagan Street, Tarneit. He and his wife are the first residents of The Reserve. Photo: Craig Abraham, 2009
Lonely: Tony Zhang outside his house at Watagan Street, Tarneit. He and his wife are the first residents of The Reserve. Photo: Craig Abraham, 2009

WELCOME to the estate first home owner grants built. This former farm land at Tarneit, north of Hoppers Crossing on Melbourne’s western fringe, was nothing more than a patchwork of desolate blocks at Christmas.

More than 120 houses have sprouted since — about 80 per cent of which belong to first-time buyers. They include Tony Zhang, 36, and his wife, Terese Wu, 27, who moved in to their four-bedroom house last week, lone pioneers in the dusty but promising neighbourhood known as The Reserve.

Mr Zhang, who migrated from China in 2000, said while the grants helped, owning a property rather than renting was the couple’s main incentive. “In China we couldn’t buy a house with big land like Australia,” he said.

“Impossible. Even an apartment would be hard. Here it’s different, we’ve got a good house. But it’s a bit lonely, you know, we have no neighbours — we’d like some neighbours to talk to and make friends.”

They won’t be alone for long. The existing houses are expected to be full by Christmas and sales in the area have been so strong developers are releasing new building lots up to a year ahead of schedule.

Tarneit’s population is expected to double to about 14,000by about 2011, with children under four the fastest-growing demographic. Changes to the urban growth boundary mean that in 30 years the broader city of Wyndham would be among the largest local governments, with a population of 430,000.

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