Council looks at uses for old school sites near port

David Braithwaite

WELLINGTON Shire Council is investigating potential uses for land to the east of the Port of Sale.

A study will investigate strategic land use opportunities and associated planning provisions needed to guide the redevelopment of land previously occupied by the Sale Specialist School and Sale High School.

Detailed background work will begin next month.

Councillor Gayle Maher said future uses needed to be looked at carefully.

“The shire certainly recognises that this area is quite a high priority of development,” she said.

The information was provided in council’s quarterly strategic land use planning update, presented on Tuesday night.

At the request of Rail Projects Victoria, state Planning Minister Richard Wynne has prepared a planning scheme amendment to facilitate the upgrade of the Avon River Bridge at Stratford.

The amendment will insert an overlay into the planning scheme to allow for the use and development of land for the bridge upgrade.

“Once that bridge upgrade has actually been completed, that amendment will lapse,” Cr Maher said.

Approval for another planning scheme amendment to remove the state resource overlay from the Gormandale Flora Reserve is still being considered by the minister.

The SRO can be removed as the land is seen to be of little value and is sufficiently removed from higher value areas as to be of little use for coal related activities.

The state government is still seeking to resolve the issue relating to removing native title at the site of the former Sale police station.

The issue is holding up the sale of the land for development.

Following the formal adoption of the West Sale and Wurruk Industrial Land Supply Strategy in June, work has begun to prepare planning scheme amendment documentation to support the rezoning of land immediately adjacent to West Sale Airport for industrial use.

The amendment will facilitate industrial uses on the land and the application of detailed planning controls to manage the potential impacts of future development on nearby sensitive uses.