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Government go-slow on Moolap Masterplan

The Andrews Government’s proposal for the Moolap Plan remains secret nearly ten months since public consultation closed.

The Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan is being prepared by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and first began it’s work in December 2014.

Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, is concerned nothing has been heard about the plan since the consultation process finished at the end of May last year.

“This report was due last year. Why the wait, why the secrecy, why the delay?” Mr Ramsay asked.

“What is the Government really planning, or contriving, with this land and 10 kilometres of coastline?

“This report is well overdue and it begs the question – what is going on. What are they hiding?

The consultation process has involved hundreds of people, groups and interested parties looking to determine a future use for the 1200-hectare area which includes the former 535-hectare Alcoa smelter and rolling site which closed in 2014.

Birdlife Australia and Greening Australia were among the participants.

The Moolap Plan also takes into account the former Cheetham Salt Works which are part leased and part-owned by the Ridley Corporation, the Moolap Industrial Estate and the Moolap Industrial Precinct including Dow Chemicals and Winchester.

In 2014, Ridley entered exclusive negotiations with the former Coalition Government to discuss redevelopment plans for the area including marinas, housing, commercial precincts and a golf course.

The Andrews Government scrapped those discussions and began the Moolap Plan in December 2014.

“More than three years on the outcomes remains unknown.  Clearly there are issues here that the Premier is struggling with.

“When the going gets tough, the Government goes slow. It also goes silent.”

“This report is overdue.  It must be released so that the Geelong community can move on and real things can start happening – be they environmental and/or developmental”, he said.