Wyndham City has been successful in its acquisition of an iconic site at the gateway to the Werribee City Centre.
Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Mia Shaw, said the Council’s decision to purchase the Discovery Centre from Melbourne Water was strategic, given its close proximity to the Werribee City Centre and the opportunity it presents to deliver a popular destination for both Wyndham residents and visitors.
“The Western Treatment Plant at Werribee is a very important part of our community, with more than 100 years of history here in Wyndham,” Cr Shaw said. “For many years, the Discovery Centre has been a well visited site, and we’re looking forward to building on its history.”
Cr Shaw said the Council was working in partnership with Development Victoria to develop a cohesive plan that activates both the town centre as well as this site. “We look forward to having a conversation with the community about what they would like to see established here. We as a Council put a lot of thought and planning into strategic purchases like this. Given our community is growing at such a rapid rate, we make purchases like the Discovery Centre, so that we as a Council, along with our community, have more control on the future of these sites.”
It’s an effort, said the Councillor, to ensure spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy locally. “It’s not the first time we’ve done this, and it definitely won’t be the last. At Wyndham City, we have a strong history in this sort of strategic purchase and development.”
Cr Shaw announced that the Council has a number of developments underway in the Werribee City Centre to reshape the region in a series of public-private partnerships. These developments will deliver 1,400 new parking spaces, both public and private, as well as 5,000 square metres of office space, 2,500 square metres of retail and café space, 200 residential apartments bringing 700 new residents to the City Centre, and a Holiday Inn Hotel.
The Council is also redeveloping Wyndham Park, located on the banks of the picturesque Werribee River, transforming it into a park of regional significance. Works have already commenced on this $13 million Wyndham City Project.
“The decision to purchase the Melbourne Water Discovery Centre is just the latest in our plan to redevelop Werribee, and position it as a major regional focal point. We’re looking forward to experiencing the improved economic benefit this will deliver for the City more broadly,” she said.