Williams Landing, Victoria
A view of a "waterway" in Wyndham Waters
|• Density||871/km2 (2,256/sq mi)|
|Area||3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)|
|Location||17.5 km (11 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Wyndham|
Williams Landing is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 19km (direct distance, 23 km real travel distance) south-west from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Wyndham. At the 2011 Census, Williams Landing had a population of 3,223.
The major area of Williams Landing is what was once the RAAF Base Laverton airfield. The base is no longer used for operational flying but is still used for radio training. For administrative purposes it is now merged with the former RAAF Base Point Cook as RAAF Base Williams.
The developers of Williams Landing estate, Cedar Woods Properties Limited, worked to secure a new suburb name for the area prior to commencing development. The suburb was removed from the geographic boundaries of Laverton in 2008, with the name Williams Landing being gazetted in May 2008  and formalised by the Geographic Names Board in August.
The first stage of Williams Landing, that of the Wyndham Waters estate along Sayers Road to the north of the suburb, adjacent to Truganina has sold out. The Williams Landing suburb development is forecast to continue development until 2020.
Williams Landing will be developed into a Transit-oriented development, major activity and employment centre. The suburb is next to the Williams Landing railway station, just across from the Princes Freeway and for residents of Point Cook it is accessed via Palmers Road. Construction of Williams Landing commenced in early 2008 and is due to be completed by 2025.
Development and character
Williams Landing estate
Williams Landing is being developed by Cedar Woods Properties Limited and contains the suburb's Transity Oriented Development area, consisting of a 55 hectare Town Centre and new Train Station. The development is 275 hectares in area, and is located on the existing RAAF Base Laverton airfield, with major streets forming those of the previous runway alignment. The development is identified by the State Government of Victoria as a Priority Development Zone with a Major Activity Centre.
The development has a number of parks and environmental reserves, and includes the development of the Town Centre. Williams Landing railway station has opened on 28 April 2013, and the Masters Home Improvement has opened on 25th Nov 2013. The three conservation reserves within Williams Landing are not open to the public and comprise over 50ha of the site. 
The development contained five distinct areas, being four residential 'Neighbourhoods' and a Town Centre zone. Of the Residential Neighbourhoods, Ashcroft and Kingwell are fully or partially delivered. The Elmstead and Addison Neighbourhoods are planned for future development. The development is marketed at premium buyers, with each Neighbourhood having alternate design guidelines to uphold a high quality level of built form. Each Neighbourhood features wide streets, mature and significant landscaping, a large amount of open space to compliment the upmarket scale of the homes built by residents.
Williams Landing's Neighbourhoods are complemented by the new Town Centre, proximity and direct access to the Princes Freeway, Williams Landing railway station, a future Regional Recreation Reserve and a high level of connectivity with surrounding road infrastructure. There is a large level of amenity planned for the Town Centre area, including a Shopping Centre, Office buildings and higher density residential uses. The progressive development of Williams Landing will deliver a significant level of road infrastructure to the benefit of surrounding suburbs.
Wyndham Waters estate
The Wyndham Waters estate was the first development in Williams Landing and was originally located in the suburb of Laverton. The development features over 1000 households, and commenced in 2001, with the last stage completed in 2010. The historic and now disused open outfall sewer reserve physically separates the Wyndham Waters development from the newer Williams Landing development, effectively creating two separate zones in the suburb. The land which Wyndham Waters was built on was very flat and was prone to flooding. The developers Urban Property Developments Pty. Ltd. (now Asset1) had build a large waterway to mitigate flooding in the development. There is a recreation centre that provide residents of Wyndham Waters a gym, outdoor pool and sauna.
Flora, fauna, waterways and reserves
There are many species of original vegetation of Williams Landing that have been present for thousands of years. The red coloured patches of red visible are either Kangaroo Grass or Red-Leg Grass. In spring Common Everlastings', New Hollands, Blue Devils, Lemon Beauty-heads and Spur Velleia come up and are also original flora to the area. The site also houses some threatened species such as Spiny Rice-flowers, Large Fruit Fireweeds, and Basalt Podolepis'.
Williams Landing estate
The major wetland at Williams Landing provides habitat for many birds, reptiles and frog species. The water level varies over the weather and the fauna responds similarly. Australasian Bittern and other birds that migrate from Japan prefer more shallow water when wet grassy verges are available, whereas the Black Swan and Australasian Shoveler like deeper water and are increasingly seen when water levels are high.
Wyndham Waters estate
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Williams Landing (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "A city on the edge (Royce Millar and Simon Mann)". The Age (Melbourne: theage.com.au). 3 May 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2009.[dead link]
- "Millar Merrigan, Wyndham Waters".
- Williams Landing website
- Williams Landing community portal
- Website for residents of Wyndham Waters and Williams Landing