‘Huge po­ten­tial’ at Ararat site

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil has en­dorsed a plan to es­tab­lish a new de­vel­op­ment zone and start work on stage one, com­mit­ting $300,000 to im­prov­ing ac­cess to the site.

The Ararat East De­vel­op­ment Zone in­cludes the for­mer Aradale site, Mel­bourne Polytech­nic op­er­a­tions, an in­dus­trial and mixed-use site and ar­eas of land next to Green Hill Lake.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Tim Har­ri­son said the site had huge po­ten­tial and pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the coun­cil to part­ner with Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Vic­to­ria to at­tract ed­u­ca­tion, tourism, res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment.

Dr Har­ri­son said the first stage of the Ararat East De­vel­op­ment Zone pro­ject would be in two parts, with the coun­cil work­ing with Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Vic­to­ria to ob­tain fund­ing.

“Firstly, we want to im­prove ac­cess to the site, so the West­ern High­way at the Heath Street in­ter­sec­tion will be widened to pro­vide a slip lane for Ararat-bound traf­fic,” he said.

“We also want to im­prove safety at the train level cross­ing on Heath Street to cope with higher traf­fic vol­umes.

“These ini­tial works would cost around $750,000, with fund­ing be­ing sought from Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Vic­to­ria.”

Ararat mayor Pe­ter Beales said the pro­ject was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the coun­cil to take a lead­er­ship role in de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­est­ing multi-use zone ca­pa­ble of at­tract­ing sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity.

“We are re­ally ex­cited about the site’s po­ten­tial and par­tic­u­larly happy to give Aradale some much-needed at­ten­tion,” he said.

“We would love to see Aradale, its build­ings and sur­round­ing land de­vel­oped and used again and we’re sure the com­mu­nity would love to see that hap­pen too.”

Dr Har­ri­son said the whole area was un­der­used and ‘open­ing it up’ would pro­vide a clear im­pe­tus to at­tract fur­ther in­vest­ment and rein­vent the site.

“Within the area, Mel­bourne Polytech­nic has es­tab­lished a 30-hectare vine­yard, 250-tonne win­ery, four-hectare laven­der farm and ex­ten­sive train­ing fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“The for­mer Aradale prop­erty in­cludes 63 build­ings, of which a num­ber are pro­tected by a her­itage over­lay.

“Other op­por­tu­ni­ties lie in es­tab­lish­ing the Mclel­lan Street link­age to Grano Street via Al­fred Street, cur­rently zoned in­dus­trial, and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist in the area near Green Hill Lake, where there is land zoned res­i­den­tial.

“There’s a real need for high-value res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment to sup­port Ararat Ru­ral City’s growth, and the coun­cil would re­ally like to see that land used in this way.”

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