A DEVELOPMENT in Wonthaggi, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars, might never eventuate if the State Government refuses to hand over a parcel of land.
After students move from the Wonthaggi Secondary College McBride campus to the new school on McKenzie Street, they’ll leave behind old buildings and open space.
That land could then be transformed into an arts or cultural precinct, or anything the community wants. The opportunities are endless.
All the State Government needs to do is transfer the site to the local council, so they can begin planning, Bass MP Brian Paynter said.
And he says it won’t cost the government a cent to transfer the land.
But there’s been no announcement, despite construction at the new McKenzie Street site already well underway.
“You’ve got this incredible site which has enormous potential. I cannot understand why the transfer’s being delayed,” Mr Paynter said.
“The old school building site presents an unprecedented strategic opportunity to enhance the form and function of the Wonthaggi Activity Centre in line with the expectations of a major regional centre.”
The MP does not want to see it left idle for years and slowly deteriorate and be subject to vandalism, like what’s occurred at other buildings in the shire.
“There will be lots of community consultation around this so it’s vital the government gets a move on and transfers the land.”
In Parliament last week, Mr Paynter asked Minister for Education James Merlino to make a decision on the site. But it appears it’s falling on deaf ears.
“There is a real buzz around Wonthaggi and we won’t stop until we get the facilities and services that we so richly deserve,” Mr Paynter said.
A business case for the future use of the site as a cultural precinct was prepared in 2011.
It identified the viability of the site to accommodate a range of arts and cultural infrastructure to support the Bass Coast region.