Just around the corner from our house in Portarlington Road are the old cheetham Salts factory - wrecked buildings and the remnants of fields of salt all the way to Alcoa on Point Henry. Someone bought the property but no-one has yet found a good use for it. I think turn it into a conservation park for birds, but certainly tidy it up first.
Cheetham salt flats development plans revised into giant Moolap
A multi-billion dollar sporting precinct
could be built on the shores of Corio Bay. Picture: Janine Eastgate
AN AAMI Park-style sporting precinct is a striking feature of a $4 billion
plan for coastal land at Moolap.Ridley Corporation and Sanctuary Living have revised their vision for the
Cheetham salt flats area, switching focus from creating a golf course development
to a multi-sport facility.
The new plans will be lodged with the State Government, as it opens public
consultation today on the future of the prime waterfront land that hosted the
salt works and Alcoa’s Point Henry smelter.
Sanctuary Living executive chairman Stephen Head said talks with key
sporting leaders had influenced the change in direction.
“The main difference is the creation of about 80ha for a huge, multi-sport
park rather than the golf course,” Mr Head said. “That came out of discussion with people like the Geelong Football Club
and others who gave us a bit of advice.” The park would include three ovals, with the potential to build a small
stadium if there was demand. There is also room for a soccer stadium, rugby fields, athletics track,
hockey pitches, tennis courts and netball courts. “It’s Geelong’s answer to the Melbourne sporting precinct,” Mr Head said.
The 500ha-plus plan would feature up to 3000 homes, a large marina with
retail and commercial businesses and 225ha of built wetlands, parks and green
It is expected to be a key blueprint, as the Government runs a lengthy
consultation process ahead of a draft plan for the site, that is slated for
release in the latter half of next year.
Alcoa’s masterplan for its land, to be called Point Henry 575, will also
be carefully considered.
Several conservation groups, including BirdLife Australia and Geelong
Environment Council, are keen to see the wetlands retained as a nature
reserve, with some believing it provides unrivalled birdwatching tourism
The public has its first chance comment on the plans at an open house
session today, which will be held at the Geelong council chamber from 10am. Another is set to be held at the Newcomb Library from 2pm tomorrow.Workshops will also be held next month and in February, before a release
of a summary of responses and a discussion paper.
As a Newcomb resident I can tell you that we have plenty of
footy ovals,tennis courts and soccer fields.
What Geelong needs is tourist attractions not another housing
Don't let this opportunity vanish under concrete lets leave
something for future generations.
Don't be fooled,there is nothing to love here.
@Harry Do you mean something like Flagstaff Hill, in
Warrnambool? Or like Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. could that be what Geelong
needs??? Something similar??? Well, we get Tall Ships (sailing vessels.)
from time to time and that includes The Enterprize. (Which I reckon should
home based, here in Geelong or the Alma Doepel.) Cook's ship next year, woohoo!