Macquarie Point Development Project
In June 2012 the Australian Government provided a $50 million grant to Tasmania to support the remediation of the Macquarie Point railyards site and the redevelopment of Brooke Street Pier in Hobart.
The railyards site, which is approximately 8.4 hectares in size, has a long and varied history and is currently used for a range of industrial purposes, all of which will be relocated over the next 12 to 18 months.
A condition of the Australian Government grant is that a corporation be established to oversee the remediation and redevelopment works. Legislation to establish the corporation was passed by the Tasmanian Parliament in November 2012 and received Royal Assent on 11 December 2012.
Work to establish the corporation and its board – which will be subject to the Macquarie Point Development Corporation Act 2012 – is being progressed by a steering committee. The steering committee is also overseeing the early planning works related to the future remediation of the site, as well as the consultation process required to fully explore the opportunities it presents.
A range of important underpinning studies has already been undertaken to support this work, including economic impact and social impact assessments, traffic modelling, climate change assessment, risk assessment, property sector market and demand analysis, planning assessment and contaminated land assessment. This was made possible through a $110 000 Commonwealth Government grant under the Liveable Cities Program and equivalent funding and in-kind support from the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts; the Hobart City Council; Tasports; and the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.
The boundaries of the railyards site are shown on the map below.
Click here for a high quality PDF of this image. Source: GoogleMaps
Engaging the public and raising awareness of the site, its location and potential future uses is an important focus of the project, as it will have a major influence on Hobart’s future economic and social growth.
A community and stakeholder consultation program commenced in November 2012 and will continue in 2013, enabling the community to engage in the process and work towards a shared vision for the site.