Religious Centre earmarked for the Docklands community

Media Release from The Minister for Planning The Hon Matthew Guy MLC

Thursday, 6 September 2012

The spiritual life of Docklands is about to receive a lift with proposals sought to build the first Place of Worship, Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced today.

Delivering on the Victorian Coalition Government's election promise, Mr Guy said expressions of interest were being sought to develop a site in the northern part of Docklands.

"Docklands is now a suburb, and like every suburb, it deserves space for a place of worship," Matthew Guy said.

"Places of Worship play an important role in the spiritual and emotional life of a community. They can be a critical focal point, particularly for a new suburb such as Docklands, in bringing people together,"

"A new religious centre will provide significant community benefit bringing faith as well as education and training facilities for the Dockland's community and emerging businesses," Mr Guy said.

One of 30 projects unveiled in the Docklands Community and Place Plan released in July with the City of Melbourne, the development could also include limited residential or retail uses to support and enhance the role of the centre.

A 5,525 square metre site has been set aside for a Place of Worship on the Footscray Road/Little Docklands Drive intersection in Docklands.

"The success of this initiative will be borne out of careful planning and comprehensive community consultation," Mr Guy said.

It is anticipated that the project will be well underway by 2015. To register your interest, please visit www.places.vic.gov.au.

Expressions of interest close Thursday 11 October 2012 at 3.00pm AEST.

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