Leongatha Railway Site Transformation
The Draft Master Plan was presented to Council on Wednesday 20 September 2017 and is available for consultation until Tuesday 17 October 2017. The Engagement Report, also presented to Council, explains how the Draft Master Plan responds to the ideas received by the community from April-May this year. After this, the Final Master Plan will be prepared in response to community feedback and the findings of the Environmental Assessment (contamination study). It is intended that the Final Master Plan will be presented to Council for adoption in December 2017.
The Leongatha Railway Site Transformation project seeks to improve the Leongatha railway yard and station area for the benefit of the community now that the tourist railway has closed. While the railway corridor to Leongatha will remain open for future rail services, the State Government currently has no plans for their return. Given this, Council has the opportunity to take over the lease of the railway land and to improve the Leongatha railway site and its surrounds. The project involves Council working closely with VicTrack who are the land managers on behalf of the Crown. Some maps of the existing site and its conditions can be downloaded here.
|Draft Master Plan||The Draft Master Plan is available here. You can tell us your feedback by emailing LeongathaRailwaySite@southgippsland.vic.gov.au or delivering your feedback to Council offices in person at 9 Smith Street, Leongatha or by mail (Attention Leongatha Railway Site Transformation project, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha VIC 3953). Tell us your feedback by Tuesday 17 October 2017 for the opportunity to shape the Final Master Plan.|
|Ideas Engagement||From Tuesday 18 April until Tuesday 30 May 2017, we asked for your ideas for the Leongatha railway site online at: http://www.oursay.org/southgippsland/LeongathaRailwaySite. We also held the following events to seek your ideas for the site. An Engagement Report has been prepared which summarises and responds to the consultation findings. This is available for download here.|
|Ideas Fair & Ideas Exhibition||
Thanks to everyone who attended our Ideas Fair on Saturday 22 April and shared their ideas for the railway site's future. Particular thanks to the community groups and performers who assisted on the day including the Lions Club (providing the BBQ), Leongatha Library (providing storytime), Leongatha Rotary, South Gippsland Brass Band, Invy Horn Jam and The Magic Theatre.
Thanks also to everyone who attended the Ideas Exhibition on Friday 19 May 4-7pm at Council Chambers. It was great to receive community feedback on the ideas received to date.
During the consultation period, some initial sketches were prepared to illustrate the common ideas being received. These were displayed at the engagement events. They are available for download here.
|Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)||
What’s the project about?
What about the train? Can we get it back?
Will the Leongatha railway station area be needed for the return of rail to Leongatha?
Can we rip up the tracks?
Who looks after the site at the moment?
What will happen to the bus stop?
How long will it take to happen & is there a budget for redevelopment?
What if I have a business proposition for the site and / or the building?
Submit any other questions that you have to LeongathaRailwaySite@southgippsland.vic.gov.au.