Bid to redevelop Orica site

The Orica site. Picture supplied

A decommissioned explosives manufacturing and storage site in Deer Park is set to be redeveloped.

Explosives company Orica is seeking expressions of interest for development partners to help it transform the Ballarat Road site.

Orica began using the 150-hectare site for the manufacturing, storage and dispatch of explosive materials in 1875.

The company plans to develop the site in two stages.

The first stage of the development will span 67 hectares while the second stage will cover 68 hectares.

Charter Keck Cramer is running the expressions of interest campaign on behalf of Orica.

A report produced by Charter Keck Cramer said the property represents an opportunity to create a high-quality master-planned commercial and logistics estate.

“This medium term development opportunity requires a visionary development participant, who can work alongside Orica to prepare and deliver a development plan of a genuine scale to the satisfaction of the Brimbank City Council that could include logistics and office hubs heading north into trail and complementary place making opportunities overlooking the picturesque Kororoit Creek, along with adjoining food, beverage and entertainment offerings,” the report said.

The proposed Ballarat Road Light Rail will connect to the northern section of the site, while the future Outer Metropolitan Ring Road will also be nearby.

Orica will remain responsible for the ongoing remediation of the property.

Charter Keck Cramer director Peter Kirkpatrick​ said the site was the largest vacant landholding of its type in Melbourne.

“There is a real opportunity to add some local uses to support employment in the region,” he said.

“It will bring some jobs to local residents. Ultimately you’re looking at a lot of jobs.”

Mr Kirkpatrick said office development, logistics warehouses or big box retail could be among the possible uses for the site.