Hobart has a rich history of maritime and industrial endeavours, with much of this activity occurring at the gateway to our city at Mac Point.
Since the site’s colonial and industrial establishment in the 1850s, Mac Point has been home to army drill halls, an abattoir, a general waste dump and then gas works before finally housing Hobart’s rail yards.
Since late-2019, the Corporation has been focussed on remediating the land to the highest standard to allow permanent development to occur at Mac Point.
The site remediation work is crucial to allowing permanent development to occur at Mac Point, and involved assessing the most contaminated parts. Nearly 1000 investigative bore holes were drilled across Mac Point to sample groundwater, soil and odour. We have since conducted more than 2000 samples to assess the level of contamination.
More than 80 per cent of the land at Mac Point has now been remediated. This includes the removal of the equivalent of 10 Olympic swimming pools of soil, and the removal of approximately 800 lineal metres of contaminated oil, diesel and gas lines.
DISTRICT INFRASTRUCTURE SCHEME
A key principle for development at Mac Point is for it to be an exemplar of sustainable development sites in Tasmania. To support this princple, Mac Point will be a leader in renewable generation and storage within the urban development through the use of a District Infrastructure Scheme.
This Scheme will provide a centralised solution that could include electrical distribution incorporating renewable energy generation and storage, recycled storm water, high energy efficiency heated and chilled water.
All developments will be able to connect and benefit from the Scheme, providing both positive economic and sustainability outcomes for developers, property owners and tenants.
A final design of the Scheme is due to be released in mid-2022.
SWIMMING POOLS REMOVED
BEGINS IN 2022
MAC POINT'S FUTURE
The Master Development Plan establishes seven precincts within the 9.3-hectare site:
The Goods Shed;
The Underground; and
These precincts are specifically designed to underpin the planning scheme framework and includes a range of mixed use and arts and institutional development including, the Hobart City Deal initiative for the Antarctic and Science Precinct to promote Hobart’s position as the gateway to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
The centrepiece will be the creation of The Park (truth and reconciliation art park) – a 13,000 square metre public open space important for large scale events and festivals, providing a meaningful and culturally respectful space to create a sense of connectedness through play, public art, green and cultural spaces.