Who is preparing the Moolap Plan?
The Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan (the Moolap Plan) is being prepared by the Victorian State Government's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
A cross government steering committee is driving the project drawing on the collaborative experience of several government departments. DELWP, along with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Heritage Victoria, the
Greater Geelong City Council, the Victorian Regional Channels Authority and other agencies as required will be working closely to provide expertise and guidance. The Geelong Authority is also being consulted on the project and will provide independent advice to the Minister for Planning.
Why prepare the Moolap Plan?
The closure of Alcoa Australia's Point Henry operations in 2014 and a proposal for the former saltworks are key drivers for the preparation of the Moolap Plan. Alcoa is developing a master plan for its 575 hectares of freehold land at Point Henry. The master plan together with outcomes from community
consultation, will be a major contributor to the preparation of the Moolap plan.
What will the Moolap Plan do?
The Moolap Plan will identify the future strategic direction of the area including any potential land-use changes over the long term. It will also outline potential opportunities in its implementation including development, site clean-up, protection and improvement. The plan will include a framework
to guide the implementation process, including further work, detailed design and/or approval processes.
The study area is large and complex, with many challenges, constraints, current land-uses and potential opportunities that need to be examined. This may result in a variety of strategic directions for different parts of the study area.
How will the Moolap Plan be prepared?
The community, including land owners, organisations and the general public, are being consulted over three rounds of engagement. The project is currently in stage 3, the Options phase, which includes the release of this Discussion Paper and the second round of community engagement.
The Study Area
The study area is approximately 5 kilometres east of central Geelong's business district and includes over 1,200 hectares of land and 10km of coastline.
The study area for the Moolap Plan includes:
- The former Alcoa aluminium smelter site and rolling mill at Point Henry at the north end of the Point Henry peninsula
- Other freehold land also owned by Alcoa Australia including wetlands, farming land and re-vegetated sites
- The Point Henry Pier owned by Geelong Port
- The former Cheetham Saltworks (part Crown land leased and part land owned by Ridley Corporation)
- Crown coastal foreshore land and coastal waters
- The Moolap Industrial Estate (south of Portarlington Road)
- The Moolap industrial precinct, generally east of Point Henry Road, including Dow Chemicals and Winchester.