Future plan for gasworks

Peter Kennedy | Bendigo Weekly | 08-Dec-2017

The site is in need of decontamination.

A contaminated industrial site in a prime location close to Lake Weeroona could be transformed into a centrepiece for education, conferences and accommodation as part of a report to be considered by the City of Greater Bendigo.

The historic Bendigo Gasworks site has been largely dormant since 1973, and could also be transformed into a medium density housing development overlooking Lake Weeroona, once the Department of Treasury and Finance completes a clean-up of the property.

A report to be considered by councillors at Wednesday’s final meeting of the year seek support for the future use of the Bendigo gasworks site to enable the clean-up plan, funded by the state government, to “best meet the city’s future needs”.

Occupying a site sandwiched between the Bendigo Creek and Weeroona Avenue, the Gasworks remain an important heritage site that remains the subject of ongoing vandalism and illegal entry.

The gasworks also contains trams and other tram related equipment, the remaining gasworks infrastructure and some open space, with a portion of the property included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

In 2016, the City of Greater Bendigo commissioned a study into the potential future usage of the site that would maximise its strategic potential for the benefit of the broader community.

The report presented to council lists three options that relate to levels of intervention, and all options include new public access to the site through a loop pedestrian/bicycle path from the main path around Lake Weeroona, bridging over the creek and an interpretation trail.

Highlights of the options study include a potential multi-purpose function and conference centre, with underground parking and a new north facing plaza accessed via Weeroona Avenue; an auditorium and education centre with two-level interpretation centre; and medium-density housing in the open area with accommodation for travellers and school groups.

The report stresses the site’s poor condition and the extensive amount of work required, and the government’s preference for the clean-up plan and the master plan for the site to be developed together.


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