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Land Swaps and Use

The Nelson Cove project proposes to utilise nearly 500 ha’s of land at Moolap. Almost 200 ha’s is is owned by us. Around 290 ha’s is owned by the State Government however we hold long term leases over virtually all of this and have done so for over 100 years. Our `land swapping plan’ is simple and reads like this:

  • The Government agrees to convert the Moolap leasehold land to freehold and sell it to us;
  • We then convert around 200 ha’s of this land into public spaces including sports fields, wetlands, beaches, parks, and waterways and transfer most of this land back to the State, and the balance to the City of Geelong;
  • We also transfer over 430 ha’s of other land we either own or lease nearby at Lara to the Government as a permanent reserve to offset any loss of bird habitat at Nelson Cove.

This means that the State Government transfers approximately 290 ha’s to us and then receives 630 ha’s back – most of it in a vastly improved condition.

 

Land Ownership ‘Swap’ Proposal

OWNER CURRENT OWNERSHIP PROPOSED OWNERSHIP
MOOLAP LARA MOOLAP LARA
STATE GOVERNMENT 289 ha 202 ha 85 ha 430 ha
LOCAL GOVERNMENT 115 ha
PRIVATE FREEHOLD 176 ha 228 ha 265 ha
TOTAL 465 ha 430 ha 465 ha 430 ha
RESIDUAL LAND
– State Government 73 ha 73 ha
– Private Freehold 26 ha 26 ha

NOTE: The above mentioned areas are approximate only.

Here’s a table explaining the way all the land – including the Lara land – would be used:

Proposed Land Use Summary

LAND USE AREA PERCENTAGE %
PUBLIC SPACE
– Wetlands 450 ha 50%
– Parks/Waterways/Beaches 97 ha 11%
– Community Sports 83 ha 9%
SUB TOTAL 630 ha 70%
PRIVATE LAND USE 265 ha 30%
TOTAL 895 ha 100%

NOTE: The above mentioned areas are approximate only.