Community invited to share ideas for station precinct

24 November 2016

Local residents, traders, and commuters are invited to share their views on the future use of a vacant block of land at West Footscray Station.  

Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson today announced that VicTrack is investigating the potential development of the area of underused land  on Cross Street, opposite Whitten Oval. 

The proposed development may include residential apartments and small retail spaces, making it easy for people to catch the train across the road and help boost local business around the precinct.  

If the development goes ahead, it would be delivered in partnership with a private developer chosen through a two stage process involving an Expression of Interest (EoI), followed by a select Request for Proposal.

As part of the project, VicTrack is considering using some of the development proceeds to make improvements at Tottenham Station.

Locals are encouraged to attend a community session next month to find out more about the proposed project, and meet the project team. 

The session will take place between 4 – 7pm on Monday 12 December at the VFL Meeting Room, Whitten Oval, 417 Barkly Street in Footscray West. 

Depending on the outcome of the EoI, the community will be invited to further engagement sessions early next year.

All community views will be carefully considered when selecting a developer for the precinct. Any development of the site would follow the normal statutory planning process with Maribyrnong City Council.

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson 

“Redeveloping this site could breathe new life into the precinct, and attract more people to the area – but we want to hear from the community first.” 

“West Footscray Station was completely rebuilt as part of Labor’s Regional Rail Link Project, and now we’re looking to make the most of the land around it.” 

“I encourage those interested in this project to share their thoughts and come along to the meet and greet, or give their feedback online.”