Council to consider Marong Business Park amendment

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At its meeting next week, Greater Bendigo City Council will consider adopting part 2 of Amendment C161 to apply a Public Acquisition Overlay to the Marong Business Park site.

The Marong Business Park is a strategic priority for Council and is required to provide urgently needed industrial land now and in the long term.

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.

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.

Chief Executive Officer Craig Niemann said a number of other sites across Greater Bendigo were assessed for use as a business park, however no other site was considered as suitable both in terms of size and location.

“The site is accessible for B-double trucks, is adjacent to the Calder Highway and is within easy access of both the Calder Alternative and Wimmera Highways which provide links to Melbourne, Mildura and Adelaide,” Mr Niemann said.

“It is also located on the right side of Bendigo to access the freight rail links in western Victoria, which are currently being upgraded as part of the Murray Basin Rail Project.

“Unconstrained and appropriately zoned industrial land is in short supply in Greater Bendigo. To remain a viable location for businesses requiring large areas of land for manufacturing, warehousing and storage, adequately serviced and suitable land needs to be made available in the coming years.

“Existing and new businesses need to be able to plan for growth if Greater Bendigo is to remain an attractive location for businesses to expand and relocate and therefore maintain and create local jobs.

“We estimate that on completion, the park will support more than 3,500 jobs.”

If Council adopts the amendment, it will still require the approval of the Minister for Planning.

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