With the closure of the Alcoa aluminum smelter and rolling mill at Point Henry and the former Cheetham Saltworks no longer operating, the community, key stakeholders and government have an opportunity to examine the possibilities for the Moolap's future in the broader strategic context of Geelong's
The Minister for Environment announced the need for the Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan in 12 August 2015. The Terms
of Reference [PDF File - 2.6 MB] for the plan have been approved by the Minister for Planning, which outline the plan's purpose and its preparation.
We have been consulting with the community and those views will be incorporated into a discussion paper, due for release mid 2016. There will be further opportunities to be involved in the process when the discussion paper is released. If you would like further information or would like to be added
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Why are we doing it?
With Alcoa Point Henry and the former Cheetham Saltworks no longer operating, we have an opportunity to examine the possibilities for the land's future in the broader strategic context of Geelong's development and the role that Geelong has in the development of a state of cities across Victoria.
What will be considered in developing the Plan?
The Plan will consider all land in the study area, including more than 1,200 hectares of largely industrial and coastal land on Geelong's doorstep. The Plan will also consider how the study area relates to neighbouring land.
The study area is large and complex, with many challenges. Constraints, improvements, potential opportunities and future land uses need to be examined. This may result in a variety of strategic directions for different parts of the large study area.
What will be in the Plan?
The Plan will include strategic directions for the land to benefit the region's economy, environment and broader community. It will make recommendations for any potential land use change, and outline opportunities for future development, clean-up, protection and improvement. The Plan will also provide
certainty to land owners by assisting with future decisions regarding land use and the clean-up of decommissioned industrial sites.
Who is responsible for preparing the Plan?
The Plan will be prepared by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning with input from the Environment Protection Authority, the City of Greater Geelong, relevant agencies, landowners, key stakeholders and the community.
The Geelong Authority will be consulted to inform the Plan and will provide independent advice to the Minister for Planning.
A cross-government steering committee is driving the project. The committee draws on specialised expertise in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Heritage
Victoria, the City of Greater Geelong and other relevant agencies.
How does the Plan relate to Alcoa's masterplanning process for the Point
Alcoa has commenced
its own review of its land holdings at Point Henry, which will include
community engagement. The EPA is currently working with Alcoa on the strategy
for land remediation related to the former aluminium operations. Alcoa will be
preparing a masterplan for its land (called Point Henry 575), and that will be
considered along with all other submissions received to inform the final Moolap
Coastal Strategic Framework Plan.
Further information on Alcoa's community
engagement can be found at: http://www.alcoa.com/australia/en/info_page/point_henry_community_consultation.asp
How does the Plan relate to the former Cheetham Saltworks site, including Ridley
Corporation's market led proposal?
Government needs to consider the future of the area in the context of economic
development and environmental sustainability objectives. The Moolap site has
diverse issues including the more immediate matters of heritage and asbestos
Corporation put forward a market led proposal to purchase Crown land and
redevelop the site for marinas, housing, commercial facilities, a golf course
and wetlands. The former government entered into exclusive negotiations with
Ridley Corporation in October 2014.
In April 2015,
the Andrews Government discontinued exclusive negotiations with Ridley
Corporation and agreed to commence this strategic land use analysis of the
area. Ridley Corporation is welcome to submit information about any concepts,
this will be considered along with all other submissions received during the
preparation of the Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan.
How is the Geelong Authority involved?
Authority provides independent advice to the Minister for Planning on issues in
Central Geelong and Moolap. The Geelong Authority will be consulted, along with
other stakeholders, at key points of the project.
The project timeline can also be downloaded here [PDF File - 322.3 KB].
Step 1: Discover (complete)
When: Late 2015 / Early 2016
What: We asked the community and stakeholders about issues, ideas and information to understand the study area and its potential
Actions: BROAD COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Feedback: Summary of Submissions(to be released by mid 2016)
Step 2: Research (complete)
What: Informed by step 1, we will conduct research on the site and its potential
Action: Prepare Background report
Feedback: Background report to be released mid 2016
Step 3: Options (underway)
When: Mid 2016
What: Informed by steps 1 and 2 we will prepare on a Discussion Paper that presents a range of directions and options for the study area
Actions: Broad community engagement on the Discussion Paper
Feedback: Summary of Submissions released
Step 4: Examine
What: Informed by step 3 we will examine what are the best elements of the different options and explore if they can be delivered
Step 5: Draft
When: Late 2016
What: Informed by step 4 we will prepare the draft Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan that presents a future vision for the study area
Actions: Broad community engagement on the draft Strategic Framework Plan
Feedback: Summary of Submissions released
Step 6: Refine
What: Informed by Step 5, we will revise the Strategic Framework Plan
Step 7: Approve
What: The final Strategic Framework Plan will be submitted to the Ministers for approval and public release.