Given the complexity and size of the study area, it is important that we take the time to ensure that the long term planning is correct and provides good outcomes for the Geelong community.
The draft Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan aims to balance a diverse range of land use options. There are important decisions to be made for the future management of the Moolap study area.
We are at an important stage of the Moolap planning process and the decision to take more time has been made with the community and stakeholders firmly in mind.
The Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan is being prepared by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
A cross government steering committee is driving the project, drawing on the collaborative experience of several government departments. DELWP, along with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the Environment Protection Authority, Heritage Victoria, the Greater Geelong City Council, the Victorian Regional Channels Authority and other agencies as required will be working closely to provide expertise and guidance.
The Geelong Authority is also being consulted on the project and will provide independent advice to the Minister for Planning.
The closure of Alcoa Australia's Point Henry operations in 2014 and a proposal for the former salt works are key drivers for the preparation of the Moolap Plan.
Alcoa is developing a master plan for its 575 hectares of freehold land at Point Henry. The master plan, together with outcomes from community consultation, will be a major contributor to the preparation of the Moolap Plan.
The Moolap Plan will identify the future strategic direction of the area including any potential land use changes over the long term. It will also outline potential opportunities in its implementation including development, site clean-up, protection and improvement. The plan will include a framework to guide the implementation process, including further work, detailed design and/or approval processes.
The study area is large and complex, with many challenges, constraints, current land uses and potential opportunities that need to be examined. This may result in a variety of strategic directions for different parts of the study area.
The study area
The study area is approximately 5 kilometres east of central Geelong's business district and includes over 1200 hectares of land and 10 km of coastline.
The study area for the Moolap Plan includes:
- the former Alcoa aluminium smelter site and rolling mill at Point Henry at the north end of the Point Henry peninsula
- other freehold land also owned by Alcoa Australia including wetlands, farming land and re-vegetated sites
- the Point Henry Pier owned by Geelong Port
- the former Cheetham Salt works (part Crown land leased and part land owned by Ridley Corporation)
- Crown coastal foreshore land and coastal waters
- the Moolap Industrial Estate (south of Portarlington Road)
- the Moolap industrial precinct, generally east of Point Henry Road, including Dow Chemicals and Winchester