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Endangered Urban Spaces – Industrial land in Sydney, Melbourne and Geelong

Last week Echelon Director Mark Woodland spoke on a panel about the future role of Melbourne’s industrial lands.

The panel session was part of the Festival of Urbanism (, hosted by the University of Sydney and Monash University.

Panel members explored the impact of rezoning industrial land in Melbourne, Sydney and Geelong, and the future role that these areas can play in improving the economic resilience of these cities.

The preservation of industrial land for diversified future economic growth is a global challenge. For example, the panel’s observations were echoed in the Centre for London’s most recent report on London’s industrial land (, which found that:

  • Industrial land is poorly understood

  • Further reductions in industrial land will impact on the economic success of our cities and their ability to respond flexibly to changing patterns in society

  • Employment opportunities are as important as housing provision – and the latter should not, in policy terms, be allowed to trump the former.

  • Interventions are required to ensure that sufficient industrial land is preserved to cater for future growth and change.

In Victoria, the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP) will play an important role in addressing the above challenges. However, further work needs to be done at the local scale to understand the economic role of industrial precincts, and to ensure that they can contribute to Victoria’s economic recovery post Covid-19.

A copy of Mark’s presentation is attached below.

MW Presentation to Festival of Urbanism v2
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