Council adopts Marong Business Park amendment
Greater Bendigo City Council last night voted to adopt part 2 of Amendment C161 to apply a Public Acquisition Overlay to the Marong Business Park site.
The 313 hectare site is located 500m west of the Marong township, adjacent to the Calder Highway. Last year, the site was rezoned by the Minister for Planning from Farming to Comprehensive Development Zone.
The project is supported in a number of State Government supported plans such as Plan Greater Bendigo, Loddon Campaspe Regional Growth Plan and the Loddon Mallee Investment Prospectus.
Earlier this year, the City of Greater Bendigo made an offer to purchase the land and to negotiate with the landowners, however this was declined.
The amendment will still require the approval of the Minister for Planning.
Deputy Mayor Cr Jennifer Alden said the decision was not one any Councillor took lightly.
“Councillors have thought long and hard about this decision and we believe this development is critically important for the future growth and development of Greater Bendigo and neighbouring municipalities,” Cr Alden said.
“Council has genuinely attempted to negotiate a voluntary sale and we would have preferred this option.
“But we are confident that this is the best site for the development and need to consider all options to make it a reality.
“It is Council’s role to ensure there is adequate land available for future industrial development and jobs and the Marong Business Park is the best way to achieve this.”