THOUSANDS of jobs will be created in Wonthaggi as part of a proposed business and industry precinct.
It’s part of a draft Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan (PSP), which Bass Coast Shire councillors endorsed at a recent council meeting.
The plan allows for an additional 4000 residential lots and up to 8000 residents, new pedestrian and cycling paths, and a new road network to provide alternative routes through and around Wonthaggi.
The plan is a guide for the town’s growth over the next 30 to 50 years.
The plan also proposes a new recreational area to complement sporting facilities at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.
“It is likely that the new area would be able to accommodate two full sized football ovals as well as soccer/hockey, athletics, bowls and other uses,” the council report said.
But it’s up to businesses and developers to choose Wonthaggi as their next big investment.
Deputy Mayor Cr Brett Tessari said he would support the plan, providing it was flexible and just a guide for the area.
Councillors unanimously voted in favour of endorsing the Structure Plan, but need to wait until a Development Contributions Plan is prepared before these can be formally adopted.
Industrial estate approved
Councillors debated and ultimately approved a Development Plan at 35 Carneys Road, Wonthaggi, for an industrial estate.
Future planning applications on the land don’t need to provide public notice, a concern Cr Julian Brown raised at the council meeting.
He said it was also concerning there are no appeal rights through VCAT.
Cr Clare Le Serve and Cr Les Larke also voiced similar concerns.
Council’s strategic planning manager, Jodi Kennedy, told councillors the purpose of the plan is to provide a “fairly clear” strategic direction for the future of the site.
“There’s a schedule in the planning scheme that details issues they need to address,” she said.
“Any application that is received must be assessed against those provisions and it’s only if they meet those provisions can it be considered under the Development Plan Overlay.
“If they don’t and they want to do something that’s inconsistent, then they would need to amend the Development Plan going forward.”
Cr Brown, Cr Larke and Cr Tessari, the three Bunurong Ward councillors who represent Wonthaggi, voted against the Development Plan.
The other six councillors voted in favour of it and the plan was adopted.
Future of Wonthaggi and Dalyston
Councillors also unanimously voted to split the 2008 Wonthaggi Dalyston Structure Plan into two separate plans.
It comes after a council report highlighted the importance of recognising Wonthaggi as a regional growth centre in a stand-alone structure plan.
Cr Larke said council needs to find out what the State Government has in mind for Wonthaggi and Dalyston and “actually get a vision agreed with the government and bring it to reality”.