Defence Site Maribyrnong sale process commences

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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24 February 2018

The Turnbull Government has today commenced an open market sale process to unlock the potential of the historic Defence site in Maribyrnong.
The sale will be a significant step in delivering the Government’s commitment to unlock surplus Commonwealth land for housing.
Spanning 127 hectares, this site is large enough to develop up to 6,000 new homes, 10 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.
This unique development opportunity will deliver housing, infrastructure and community facilities for the local community and the people of Melbourne.
The sale process will begin with a market sounding stage designed to gather insights and feedback from industry. The duration of the sale will be determined by this stage.
Industry advice will also be incorporated into the sale process to enable the successful delivery of housing, community amenity, heritage and environmental objectives.
As part of the sale process, the site is being investigated and treated for possible contamination from previous Defence research activities on the site.
The investigation and treatment of possible contaminants from historical scientific research activities represents a major investment by the Australian Government to ensure safe future use of the land.
Defence is working collaboratively with the Victorian Planning Authority, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and the City of Maribyrnong to achieve the best possible urban renewal outcomes for the site.
The Defence sale process and Victorian Government’s planning processes include continuous community engagement activities to obtain further input from the community about potential future uses of the site. 
This marks another milestone in the Government’s comprehensive housing affordability plan, and will see this underutilised parcel of Defence land transformed into a vibrant urban area.
Further information about the open market sale process for Defence Site Maribyrnong is available at

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