Major Projects Victoria has conducted a preliminary analysis on the development of the 20 to 25 hectare E-Gate site located at gate ‘E’ in the Melbourne rail yard area, just 2kms from the CBD in West Melbourne.
The State Government has determined to further progress the proposal to develop the E-Gate site for urban development, grow the Victorian economy and generate new jobs.
E-Gate can support Melbourne’s projected growth through the provision of housing for up to 12,000 residents and 200,000 square metres of commercial and associated retail space.
E-Gate will have strong public transport connections including to the North Melbourne train station and potentially a new tram service into the site thus minimising car use.
The potential inclusion of public facilities such as sports fields, a library and possibly a school will attract families as well as the young and the old to create a vibrant mixed community.
The proposed initiative, valued at approximately $6 billion over 12-18 years, was first mooted as a project in early 2007 when VicTrack asked Major Projects Victoria to assist in understanding the development opportunity presented by the site.
Project construction could commence as early as 2014 pending relocation of existing tenants.
2013-05-08 - Major projects move forward with E-Gate funding announced in State Budget
Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett today announced that the 2013-14 Victorian State Budget contained $2.14 million to progress planning for the development of the 23 hectare E-Gate site at the West Melbourne rail yards, just two kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD.
“The Coalition Government is progressing plans to develop the E-Gate site as part of our policy to build for growth, stimulate the economy and generate new jobs,” Mr Hodgett said.
“E-Gate has the potential to develop up to $6 billion in new investment over 12-18 years and could provide housing for up to 10,000 residents, as well as 200,000 square metres of commercial and associated retail space with strong public transport connections.
Funding in the 2013-14 Victorian Budget follows $2 million provided in last year’s budget for E-Gate. Major Projects Victoria will commence business planning, paving the way for works to commence as early as 2015, pending the relocation of existing tenants.
“E-Gate is an amazing opportunity to create a new inner city suburb for Melbourne, which will generate new housing, new jobs and a raft of flow-on economic benefits,” Mr Hodgett said.
Mr Hodgett said that the Coalition Government was progressing several exciting projects in the heart of Melbourne that will boost productivity, drive job creation and future investment.
“The request for industry submissions for Federation Square East opened last month and the Coalition Government is committed to working with the private sector to deliver this project.
“The site presents real opportunities and we are opening the door to ideas which will help transform the site from a black hole in the city landscape to a mixed-use precinct with strong connections to the surrounding areas,” Mr Hodgett said.
The Flinders Street Station design competition is also in its final stage. Six architects have been shortlisted to work up final designs for a revamp of the station site.
“The design competition presents an exciting opportunity to develop and improve the famous site, while still protecting and restoring the station’s iconic heritage.
The Coalition Government is able to build for growth and invest in major projects across Victoria through responsible economic management, maintaining the AAA credit rating and delivering a strong Victorian Budget.
“These major projects, along with the Shrine of Remembrance redevelopment and the Melbourne Park upgrade, will give a facelift to some of the underutilised areas of the city and continue to define our state at a national and international level.
2012-05-01 - Coalition moves on $6 billion urban development
The Victorian Coalition Government will drive economic activity, productivity and jobs as it confirms funding in today's Budget to plan the redevelopment of the 23 hectare E-Gate rail yard site in West Melbourne.
The $2 million package will fund a detailed business case and related studies to analyse and assess the potential of the E-Gate site which becomes available for redevelopment from 2014.
Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine said E-Gate was one of the largest inner-metropolitan sites without a long-term strategic plan for its future use in place.
"This Budget sets out a clear plan to position Victoria to take full advantage of opportunities that will rebuild the state's finances and secure the future," Dr Napthine said.
"The E-Gate site has potential to generate economic activity in the order of $6 billion over a 10 to 15 year period and generate thousands of jobs in the construction and planning phases.
"The site has the potential to provide housing for about 12,000 people with office accommodation of 180,000 square metres and retail/community space of 17,000 square metres.
"It is a prime site on the fringe on the CBD that is crying out to be better used. The Coalition Government is putting resources behind preparing the site for a major redevelopment once its current tenants leave in 2014.
"Strategically located at the western edge of the CBD, between key inner-city growth precincts in Docklands and West Melbourne/North Melbourne, E-Gate provides an opportunity for a mixed use urban redevelopment, which would assist in facilitating housing supply growth within Melbourne's inner-west.
"This funding will prepare a detailed business case assessing the costs and risks of the development and ultimately recommending how the site should be offered to the development industry in order to provide the best result and value for money for Victorians.
"Beyond the railway lines running through it, E-Gate is currently used by Blue Scope/One Steel as a distribution hub and as a maintenance depot for Metro Trains and Yarra Trams.
"The Government believes these current uses are sub-optimal given the prime location of the site and the pressures of finding housing for Melbourne's growing population.
"As it is these uses constrain urban connectivity in the inner west and prevent key connections between Docklands, North Melbourne and the CBD being realised.
"The Government is commencing a business case process to explore the best use of the site when the tenant leases expire in 2014. This is a responsible and necessary approach.
"E-Gate is an exciting project that will transform the West Melbourne and Docklands area, provide new housing and create thousands of jobs during its construction," Dr Napthine said.
E-Gate is a VicTrack-owned site of approximately 23 hectares named because it is located at gate "E" of the Melbourne rail yards. It is in West Melbourne, 2 kilometres from the CBD and is bounded by Moonee Ponds Creek, Footscray Road, Dudley Street and the North Melbourne rail corridor. .
Two primary users currently occupy the majority of the E-Gate site. BlueScope and One Steel operate a hub for the distribution of steel by rail and road to customers in Victoria and interstate (the Pacific National lease at the eastern end) and Metro Trains Melbourne and Yarra Trams occupy the site for a variety of logistics, maintenance and administration purposes on the western portion.
The site will become available for redevelopment following the relocation of these tenancies, with the expiry of the existing VicTrack lease to Pacific National (subleased to Bluescope and OneSteel) scheduled for November 2014. All parties have been advised that this lease will not be reviewed.