Truganina industrial development fast-tracked

IT has been announced that an industrial development at Truganina has been fast-tracked by the Victorian government.  The site, approximately 662 hectares in size and on the north-western boundary of the City of Wyndham, will feature a new $60 million Kmart distribution centre, to be developed by Goodman Group.

Planning Minister Justin Madden yesterday visited the new industrial area to turn the first sod of the industrial area's development and stated that "the Brumby Labor Government is standing up for Victorian families by speeding up the planning process to create jobs, manage growth and help families secure their lifestyle".

It was stated that the fast-tracking of projects is one reason why Victoria is mitigating the impact of the global financial crisis better than other places in the world. "We are using planning provisions to fast-track proposals to release land for industrial use in areas of most need to create local jobs," Mr Madden said.

Mr Madden said the plan was developed by Wyndham City Council and subject to extensive consultation with land owners, the community and stakeholders.  Mr Madden called in and approved an amendment to the Wyndham Planning Scheme allowing for the release of the previously green fill land following the development of the Truganina Employment Precinct Structure Plan.

"The release of this land will create much needed employment opportunities in the Wyndham area, with its population projected to grow by more than 270,000 people in the next 20 years," Mr Madden said of the plan, which the Government states has received support from Wyndham City Council.

About planning fast-tracking in Victoria

Victorian Premier John Brumby announced on 4 February 2009 that the Government would introduce new planning reforms to fast-track key building projects and create more jobs to help Victoria through the global financial crisis.  The reforms allow the Planning Minister to undertake actions to fast-track projects, including calling-in significant projects and removing planning 'roadblocks' (such as public exhibition requirements).

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