Media Releases 2011
Talks sought on Government's redevelopment proposal for Richmond Station
22 February 2011
Yarra Council is seeking a meeting with the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy to discuss the government’s intentions for a multi-million dollar redevelopment of Richmond Station.
Yarra Mayor Cr Alison Clarke said the Minister was reported in the media late last week as proposing a 20-storey residential and office tower development at the station.
“Council has not yet been involved in any discussions with the Government about what they are proposing for the Richmond Station site, and we are getting increasingly concerned,” Cr Clarke said.
“It is hard to see how this scale of development would fit in with the existing character of the neighbourhood,” she said.
“Peak hour trains and trams at Richmond are already packed, so it is also hard to see how a 20-storey development would work without additional transport services being provided,” she said.
Cr Clarke said Council supported redevelopment of the station (which was voted Melbourne’s worst station in a Metropolitan Transport Forum survey last year) for the benefit of existing residents, and because future residents would be close to public transport and other nearby infrastructure.
“We are keen to meet with the Minister so we can discuss how Council and the local community can be involved in decisions about the site’s future before plans are progressed any further,” Cr Clarke said.
She said Council was developing a Structure Plan for the Swan Street Activity Centre, with involvement from major stakeholders including government departments, public transport operators, the education sector, businesses and community members.
“The Richmond Station precinct is an integral part of the Swan Street activity centre and we are keen to see that future plans are consistent with the community’s vision for the area.”
Cr Clarke said Council was also proposing that the meeting with the Minister include discussion of a shared commitment to the redevelopment of the Amcor site in Alphington as a model of sustainable living.
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