Okay, we live very close to the saltworks and some people say it's an eyesore. I don't worry too much about it - the old Cheetham Salt works. Now someone has a plan to turn it into another kind of suburb, but what about sea -levels? All houses would have to be on stilts surely! Dream on! Maybe they could build resort style Fijian bures over water!
GEELONG & REGION NEWS
$4b waterside suburb planned for former
ALISON APRHYS GEELONG
ADVERTISEr JUNE 14, 2014
A proposed $4 billion development is set to transform Moolap’s
former Cheetham Saltworks. Source:Supplied
MASSIVE $4 billion development proposal is set to transform Moolap’s former
Cheetham Saltworks into a modern waterfront suburb.
The ‘’game-changing’’ project has the
potential to support more than 1200 full-time jobs annually for the next 25
years, according to the proponents.
Landowner Ridley Corporation has announced a
partnership with Sanctuary Living for the development of the 465ha property.They
propose to create 155ha of mixed-density residential land, 80ha of employment
land, a 75ha conservation reserve and leave 20ha of open foreshore.That would
link with Geelong’s Botanic Gardens and Eastern Beach, enabling the city’s
publicly accessible coastline to extend much further east.
Living’s project officer Stephen Head said the development would need the
backing of all three tiers of government.“The design and approval process could
take quite some time, however if it proves viable, the project would be a game
changer for Geelong,” he said. “It would support all the good work being done
to reposition the town as a vibrant, modern city with growth industries, great
amenity and highly desirable, world-class areas to live.”
Living is the developer behind the Geelong Golf Club estate in North Geelong.
Ridley’s CEO Tim Hart said the two companies
were planning a world-class, environmentally responsible, mixed-use land
City of Greater Geelong planning manager
Peter Bettess said the State Government was in talks with Ridley and no
rezoning or planning permit application had yet been lodged.
Geelong Field Naturalists Club spokesman
Bruce Lindsay said the Moolap wetlands remained an important habitat for
shorebirds“There’s still a long way for the project to go in terms of
environmental considerations,” he said.
the infill on the entire site obviously remains the proponent’s intent and this
is a poor outcome for Geelong and has international ramifications.”Dr Lindsay
said large-scale residential and industrial development was unnecessary.“When
you weigh up the outcomes, there are plenty of other development sites
elsewhere in Geelong,” he said.
Saltworks site borders the bay on the Geelong-Portarlington Rd, between CSIRO’s
Animal Health Laboratory facility and Point Henry..