Gas works site set for clean up and redevelopment

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A decision by the Greater Bendigo City Council at Wednesday’s meeting will pave the way for the future redevelopment of the historic Bendigo Gas Works site in Weeroona Avenue.

At the meeting Council supported a decontamination project at the site, endorsed a redevelopment option for the site and agreed to provide $45,000 towards developing schematic designs and costs estimates for the future of the site in consultation with the community.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the Bendigo Gasworks site is an important heritage asset that operated from 1860 to 1973.

“All of the gasworks buildings and equipment are largely intact but in very poor condition as the site is frequently subjected to illegal entry and attacks by vandals,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Although closed for many years the site is heavily contaminated from its previous use as a gas works and the Department of Treasury and Finance is currently planning and funding the decontamination of the site.

“Cleaning up the site and developing a plan for its future use will help protect this important heritage asset and provide opportunities for the broader community.

“The City will hold a community drop in session early in the new year to allow the community to have their say on its future. The date and time for this session will be advertised.”

The redevelopment option Council has endorsed includes new pedestrian/cycle path links across the creek to Lake Weeroona, an interpretive trail, a new plaza for events, markets and site interpretation, an event space in the heart of the site, new lighting and other services, conservation of heritage buildings, new vehicle access and parking and landscaping.

An estimate of costs for the redevelopment option cannot be determined until the schematic design work is undertaken.

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