The government today commenced an open-market sale process to offload 127 hectares of prime development land near the Melbourne CBD.
The historic Defence site in Maribyrnong, Victoria, is said to be large enough to develop up to 6000 houses just 10km from Melbourne city centre.
Minister for Defence Marise Payne said this sale would be a significant step in delivering the government’s commitment to unlock surplus Commonwealth land for housing.
“This unique development opportunity will deliver housing, infrastructure and community facilities for the local community and the people of Melbourne,” Minister Payne said.
“The sale process will begin with a market sounding stage designed to gather insights and feedback from industry. The duration of the sale will be determined by this stage.
“Industry advice will also be incorporated into the sale process to enable the successful delivery of housing, community amenity, heritage and environmental objectives.”
Minister Payne said that as part of the sale process, the site was being investigated and treated for possible contamination from previous Defence research activities on the site.
“The investigation and treatment of possible contaminants from historical scientific research activities represents a major investment by the Australian Government to ensure safe future use of the land.
“Defence is working collaboratively with the Victorian Planning Authority, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and the City of Maribyrnong to achieve the best possible urban renewal outcomes for the site.
“The Defence sale process and Victorian government’s planning processes include continuous community engagement activities to obtain further input from the community about potential future uses of the site.”
Further information about the open market sale process is available at here.