Tul­la­ma­rine to take off

Herald Sun - - NEWS - KIERAN ROONEY [email protected]

SWATHES of land around Mel­bourne air­port are be­ing trans­formed into world-class des­ti­na­tions un­der a re­vi­talised push to turn Tul­la­ma­rine into the city’s next ma­jor growth hub.

New pic­tures pro­vided to the Her­ald Sun show the scale of the air­port’s am­bi­tious plans that will bring to­gether a global busi­nesses park, a medic­i­nal cannabis fac­tory, a wave pool for surfers and the Essendon Foot­ball Club.

Mel­bourne air­port prop­erty chief Linc Hor­ton said Tul­la­ma­rine was de­vel­op­ing into a precinct un­like any in Aus­tralia.

“We’re in this unique po­si­tion in that we’ve been gifted with this big piece of land that was his­tor­i­cally out in the boon­docks,” he said. “Now, we’re right in the thick of things … the edge of the in­ner city and in the big­gest growth cor­ri­dor in Mel­bourne.

“We have the op­por­tu­nity of cre­at­ing this eco­nomic cen­tre in the north­west of Mel­bourne that re­lieves pres­sure in the CBD.

“There’s no rea­son we can’t have 40,000 or 50,000 peo­ple here over the next 40 years.”

An elite sports fa­cil­ity is now a train­ing fa­cil­ity for Essendon and wave-pool com­pany URBNSURF are cur­rently ex­ca­vat­ing a cove ex­pected to open at Easter.

Mr Hor­ton said the air­port’s busi­ness park, the big­gest in Aus­tralia, was also be­com­ing a ma­jor eco­nomic gate­way to the rest of Vic­to­ria.

“We had a re­ally good look at our­selves and asked who

would truly ben­e­fit from be­ing here,” he said.

“We’re ide­ally lo­cated for a great deal of truck move­ments and with the grow­ing trend of e-com­merce, that is im­por­tant for lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies.

“We now have 37 in­ter­na­tional air­lines and the more routes you open, the more op­por­tu­ni­ties you have for prod­ucts to be shipped in and out. Very soon, Aus­tralia’s largest state-of-the-art med­i­cal mar­i­juana fa­cil­ity will be also be op­er­at­ing from a 5ha site.”

A 464-room ho­tel will also be built near Ter­mi­nal 4, with a restau­rant, cafe, bar, con­fer­ence rooms and gym for pas­sen­gers and staff.

Mr Hor­ton said Mel­bourne air­port had the big­gest land bank of any ma­jor Aus­tralian air­port, with 2663ha of lease­hold space. “We are part of this huge air­port in­fra­struc­ture as­set,” he said. “Be­cause of the res­i­den­tial growth in this cor­ri­dor, we not only have space for busi­nesses but em­ploy­ees to work for them.

“If you strip back to fun­da­men­tals, we are run by Aus­tralian su­per­an­nu­a­tion funds and the ob­jec­tive for us is to grow the air­port re­spon­si­bly and sus­tain­ably. We want to do that in any way that ben­e­fits the prop­erty, the air­port and the wider com­mu­nity.”



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