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THE Napthine Government is selling surplus railway land to developers to help fund public transport upgrades.
An apartment development has gone up at Glen Waverley station and bidders are competing for a project at Jewell station in Brunswick.
Transport Minister Terry Mulder is due to announce expressions of interest for new housing and the revamp of Hampton station under the station precinct enhancement program.
“Our program reinvests development profits directly to station precincts, with upgrades that create safer, more secure, more accessible and more appealing spaces around the station,” he said.
“These days, people want to enjoy the convenience of living near a railway station.”
Government agency Victrack identifies underused land and then engages developers for projects.
Mr Mulder said that the Hampton redevelopment involved land owned by VicTrack and the Director of Housing alongside the station.
“We are looking to create a dynamic and vibrant development in this terrific location that reflects the exceptional beach-side charm that Hampton is known for,” he said.
Housing Minister Wendy Lovell said the project would include social housing units and eligible existing tenants would be offered one of the new homes.
The Glen Waverely station upgrade includes refurbishment of the forecourt and a new kiosk.
VicTrack is also looking at development options for Alphington station.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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