A major milestone for the redevelopment of a site half the size of the Melbourne CBD has been passed following the official gazettal of the rezoning of approximately 72 hectares of strategically located Orica land at Deer Park in Melbourne’s west.

According to the Hon Matthew Guy MLC Minister for Planning Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship, this represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a significant economic catalyst on this strategic site.

The rezoning and redevelopment is expected to create 3,600 new jobs during the redevelopment, and will transform land into a strategic site benefiting local and state economies.

Orica Deer Park is situated 15 kilometres west of the Melbourne CBD, 11 kilometres south-west of Melbourne International Airport, with ready access to arterial road and rail networks. The rezoning covers approximately 50 per cent of the site. The approval by the Planning Minister and Government gazettal follows a lengthy formal process that included extensive community consultation.

Orica’s Group General Manager Daniel Wise said the eastern portion of the Deer Park site will be transformed over time for the economic benefit of the surrounding community, Melbourne’s west and the broader Victorian economy. He explains this has the potential to provide new local employment opportunities as the property represents a future urban infill development opportunity including use of the land as large format retail, commercial or office use.

Brimbank City Council has nominated Orica Deer Park as a strategic development site as part of the Brimbank Municipal Strategic Statement.

Site remediation works have already commenced with development works scheduled to begin in the 2016-17 financial year.