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City comes of age
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Council will work with Places Victoria on
the Junction Place project which includes
plans for the development of five mixed use
precincts over the next 10 to 15 years.
Places Victoria chief executive officer Peter
Seamer said “It’s great to see construction of
the new Quest apartments and Huon Hill
tavern complex and plans progressing for
redevelopment of the old Toole’s building
and the Mann shopping centre development
which, along with Junction Place, will
contribute to the revitalisation of central
High-level negotiations with a preferred
bidder for the entertainment and retail
precinct within Junction Place have
Other works that have added to Wodonga’s
currency as a livable city have been The
Cube Wodonga performing arts complex,
the WAVES aquatic facility and the first stage
of the High Street revitalisation project.
The Victorian Government has also
announced funding for the Gateway Island
events and cultural precinct project; a
liquefied natural gas refuelling station for
heavy vehicles; the Logic 24-hour fatigue
management centre; and the abattoirs tri-
generation plant investment project.
Cr Byatt said Wodonga’s rejuvenation would
take many years, much vision and significant
investment to complete.
“It is especially exhilarating to be part of the
journey with my colleagues in the council
and the community,” he said.
WODONGA Mayor Mark Byatt is
understandably excited about the future of
With a population nudging 40,000 and
servicing a catchment of 175,000 people,
Wodonga has emerged from its roots as a
large rural town to very quickly become the
largest city in the North East.
The city has a young population with
an average age of 35 along with a strong
representation of people in the primary
workforce age of 18 to 44. With a sustained
growth rate of just below two percent,
Wodonga’s population is expected to exceed
50,000 by 2033.
“This presents us with an unprecedented
opportunity to build the heart of the city and
integrate it with our existing infrastructure
to create one of the most livable cities in
Australia,” Cr Byatt said.
“Wodonga is fortunate to have the space
for expansion and we will never again
see such an intensive period of building
development right across the board -
residential, commercial and industrial,” he
“It has the potential to become a substantial
contributor to Victoria’s economy,
liveability and vision for a ‘state of cities’,”
The catalyst for Wodonga’s biggest
makeover was the start of the city’s rail
bypass project in 2009 which created
space for commercial and residential
This resulted in 10 hectares of former rail
land becoming available for a once in a
multi-generation opportunity to create
Wodonga Mayor Mark Byatt says the city’s potential is being realised.
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