Claisebrook concrete plants to eventually go

The Acting Minister for Planning has announced that the City of Vincent’s Town Planning Scheme 2 will be approved.

The land that the batching plants currently occupy will be zoned R160 mixed use.

Hon Alison Xamon MLC, the Greens representative for the North Metropolitan Region welcomed this announcement.

She said the Acting Minister had made the right decision.

“The Claisebrook precinct has been held back too long by the presence of these batching plants,” Ms Xamon said.

“They were only ever intended to be on those sites temporarily. They should have moved in 2012 or in 2017 – when their previous special licences expired.”

Ms Xamon said that the Minister had been overly generous in allowing the plants to stay until 2024, given that they have already had 15 years to plan their move and would prefer they move much sooner.

“Claisebrook is unique in that the community, developers and Local Government have a united vision of the future of the area. I am pleased the State Government appears to have come on board and demonstrated an understanding of the potential for Claisebrook,” she said.

Ms Xamon cautioned that the Town Planning Scheme needs to be finalised and that this and future Governments must stand firm when it comes time for the concrete batching plants to move.

“This must be the very last time that they are given special treatment and allowed to restrict this vital inner-city area.”