The Commonwealth is prepared to pay the clean-up bill for the contaminated Maribyrnong Defence Site to end a decades-longon one of Melbourne’s largest housing lots, potentially opening up thousands of new homes near Highpoint shopping centre.
In 2017, then treasurer Scott Morrison announced the land would be put on the open market and he spruiked the potential for 6000 dwellings. The plan was to offload the site, as well as the responsibility for remediation and the funding of infrastructure such as transport, to a private developer. Carter said she was glad to hear that the minister was committed to involving both the state government and local council.
Currently, the state government envisages 3300 dwellings for 6900 people, although public detail about state ideas for the site is scant. David Hodge is a senior consultant at prominent development firm Intrapac, which was among the developers who registered an interest in the Maribyrnong site but is not among the three remaining.
Hodge called for the establishment of an urban renewal authority, including representatives from federal, state and local government with an independent chair and board, to manage the development.“It would be much more practical, and probably better value for taxpayers, for an authority to remediate and master plan the site then sell super lots into the market.”
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