The Andrews Labor Government wants experienced developers to pitch their ideas on how to transform and revitalise a former transport site in Melbourne’s inner west.

Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced the registration of interest for the iconic development opportunity at 565-569 Melbourne Road Spotswood has opened.

Rail landowners VicTrack have released the land to market, as it is no longer required for transport purposes.

Community engagement will constitute an essential aspect of the selection process, and prospective purchasers will need to demonstrate a willingness to develop ideas in conjunction with local stakeholders.

This will help ensure that the land is put to best possible use, and the local heritage of the site is preserved.

The successful developer will be responsible for remediating the site and securing all necessary planning approvals, and VicTrack will work with the developer to preserve and incorporate its heritage into the project.

The 4.7 hectares of prime development land in the City of Hobsons Bay contains the former ‘Ways & Works Railway Workshop’.

Parties interested in acquiring the site are invited to respond to a registration of interest (ROI) by 2 November 2017.

Shortlisted developers will be asked to produce a more detailed submission and concept plan in response to an Expression of Interest.

A preferred purchaser will be selected in early 2018 and under contract soon after.

Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan

“This is a wonderful opportunity to unlock a gateway site in Hobsons Bay whilst preserving the heritage of the area.”

“I’m confident the development of this old railway land will continue Spotswood’s urban renewal.”