Federation Council is poised to make a concerted bid for prime residential development land in Mulwala to be released.
A joint notice motion from Mulwala-based councillors Bronwyn Thomas and Andrew Kennedy has been submitted to Tuesday's meeting calling on council staff to engage with relevant Commonwealth departments, political representatives and ministers in releasing the land known as Factory Hill and located near the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Resort.
There is about 73 hectares of land which could be developed as future housing with the former Corowa Council being denied access to the land connected to the Thales ammunition factory nearly 14 years ago by the defence department.
The department had plans of its own to sell the land on the open market.
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"Mulwala is located in a growth corridor on the north side of the Murray River," the two councillors said in ther joint notice of motion.
"Hence, residential, multi-purpose dwellings (townhouses/strata title/apartments) along with essential services to include holistic health practices, aged care facilities and public amenities are key requirements to establish long term sustainable planning for the economic growth of Mulwala.
"There is also an acknowledgement that council is developing strategies for replacement and upgrade of water (and) sewage requirements for current and future users and this is very important."
Residential properties already exist in the area, but the site is largely undeveloped.
Meanwhile, Cr Thomas is also wanting council to seek clarity from the MDBA and GMW in regards to timing of the possible Yarrawonga Weir bridge closure.
"Mixed messages have been received from the agency through pamphlet distribution to the community as the timeframes are being pushed out beyond the weir bridge deadline of 30 June," she said in a separate notice of motion.
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