Leongatha Railway Site Transformation
The Final Master Plan was presented to Council for consideration at the 20 December 2017 ordinary Council meeting in response to consultation feedback. The minutes of the meeting can be viewed here (refer to item 4.1 at page 69 and the relevant attachments). Council has resolved that further consultation and investigation is required in relation to some elements of the project including the development of a traffic school.
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 to download here. The Ideas Engagement Report explains how the Draft Master Plan responds to the ideas received from the community from April-May 2017 this year. The Draft Master Plan was available for comment from Wednesday 20 September until Tuesday 17 October 2017. The comments received in response to the Draft Master Plan were considered in the preparation of the Final Master Plan being presented to Council at the 20 December ordinatry Council meeting. An Engagement Report was prepared which summarises and responds to the consultation findings. This is available for download as an attachment (4.1.2) to the Council agenda here.
|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 was 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.