VICTORIAN Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder last week called on the Hampton and Alphington communities to provide feedback about the future of the Hampton and Alphington station precincts, as part of the Victorian Government's Station Precinct Enhancement Program.
Under the Station Precinct Enhancement Program, which seeks to unlock the potential of under-used railway land by facilitating development opportunities to fund public transport improvements, VicTrack is investigating proposals for both the Hampton and Alphington station precincts.
At Hampton, a mixed-use development opportunity has been identified on the northern side of the rail line on the existing commuter car park, bus interchange and potentially on adjoining land owned by the Department of Human Services that is currently housing 16 separate villa units.
"VicTrack is investigating the potential development of land in the precinct as part of the Victorian Coalition Government's Station Precinct Enhancement Program and in line with the recent C103 Amendment to the Bayside Planning Scheme," Mr Mulder said.
"Hampton Station precinct presents a great opportunity to unlock under-utilised land to increase housing choices in an area close to public transport and to use part of the development proceeds to provide an improved public transport hub."
Mr Mulder said that depending on the commercial response, the proposed development of the precinct could include a new station forecourt, public plaza, a new bus interchange, improved bus access and circulation and various station upgrades.
Housing Minister Wendy Lovell said the proposal had the potential to renew existing social housing by generating revenue to contribute to the sustainability of the portfolio benefiting Victorians in need.
"The Coalition Government will offer existing tenants the opportunity to retain their tenancies, ensuring that residents can age in place," Ms Lovell said, adding that tenants will remain fully informed as renewal opportunities for the site are identified.
Bayside Mayor Stephen Hartney said he was excited by the opportunity to work on the initiative, with Bayside City Council bringing forward the preparation of an urban design framework for the precinct to make the most of the opportunity.
At Alphington, VicTrack has identified a residential development opportunity on the existing Wingrove Street commuter car park, with proceeds to fund public transport improvements, potentially including improved access to the station, new bicycle storage facilities, beautification of public areas and opportunities for urban art.
"The Alphington Station precinct presents a great opportunity to unlock under-used rail land to increase the diversity of housing in the area which is close to public transport and to use these proceeds to provide the local community and commuters with an improved public transport hub," Mr Mulder said.
If the projects proceed, they will only involve changes to the precinct, not the frequency or nature of rail services, according to the government.
VicTrack is now seeking to engage with the local community and commuters to help shape a vision for the future of the Hampton and Alphington precincts. More information is available from the VicTrack website at <http://www.victrack.com.au/>.