ABOUT MAC POINT
Macquarie Point Development Corporation is a Tasmanian Government Agency and Statutory Authority that was established through the Macquarie Point Development Corporation Act 2012.
The Corporation was created to plan, facilitate and manage the remediation and redevelopment of the former Macquarie Point Railyards site, and encourage interim activity on-site while work progressing longer-term development.
Since European settlement, Mac Point has been the home of Southern Tasmania’s industrial needs. Over the past 200 years, Mac Point has been used as a farm, an abattoir, lumber yard, a gas works, cold store, goods storage, for heavy industry, rubbish disposal, the military, freight and rail has existed at Mac Point. Due to low levels of understanding of environmental protection at the time the site’s industrial users left significant pollution within the soil and groundwater.
The Corporation’s initial principal task has been to progress remediation. As a result of this work, the Corporation has:
Undertaken nearly 2000 soil samples to map contamination
Removed 69,000 tonnes of contaminated soil
Removed 2.3 million litres of contaminated groundwater
Removed almost 700 metres of contaminated diesel and gas pipelines
The Corporation is supporting the interim activation of Mac Point including public open areas such as Red Square, Edible Garden and Peace Promenade, providing and managing carparking and tenancies on site, supporting events and festivals including most recently Dark Park, and is progressing capital and operational works to prepare the site for development.
These works include remediation, building management (including works to restore the Royal Engineers Building), site preparations for development (including archaeological digs, removal of disused historic infrastructure), and site planning and investigations to support the development of a Precinct Plan.