Thumbs up for showgrounds development
Planning Minister Justin Madden today approved an application for a new mixed-use development to be built on the eastern corner of the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds site in Ascot Vale.
With an Epsom Road frontage, the development will comprise a medical centre, supermarket, some shops and office space. As part of the approval, the historic Woodfull Pavilion will be restored to its former glory and reused to house a 120-place childcare centre and office.
Consistent with the Master Plan for this particular site, the project will realise a specific Melbourne 2030 initiative; to redevelop the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds as a venue that can be used for general everyday activities as well as major events throughout the year.
“This exciting project will breathe new life into a historic Melbourne landmark. The addition of a mixed use development at the site will mean that locals and visitors to the area will be able to enjoy access to a wide range of facilities all year round,” Mr Madden said.
“Melbourne 2030 encourages development in and around our Activity Centres, and this development will add to the diversity of this precinct bringing a new buzz to the area.
“Growth projections for this area are strong and this development will address this future demand as well as attracting more visitors with the potential for positive flow-on for other local businesses.”
The project recognises the history of the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and the activities that occur on the land during the staging of the Royal Melbourne Show each September.
The development will be pedestrian-friendly and designed to blend with the rest of the Showgrounds site.
“This project fits into our vision for thriving communities with cafes, public spaces and places where people can meet and take part in community activities,” Mr Madden said.
“It is an excellent example of the Brumby Government’s commitment to building strong vibrant communities across Victoria.”