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Defence Infrastructure Division

Defence Estate Disposals

Divestment of Defence Site Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Victoria

Open Market Testing for remediation, sale and development of Defence Site Maribyrnong, VIC

Defence is testing the open market for the most cost-effective way to remediate, divest and develop the 127.8 hectare site known as Defence Site Maribyrnong. The site, which is surplus to Defence requirements, is located on Cordite Road, Maribyrnong, Victoria, and is approximately 10 kilometres from the Melbourne central business district.

For more information about the site and the open market testing process, please refer to the below information documents.

If you have any questions regarding this divestment, please refer to the contact us page.


Open Market Testing Process

The Commonwealth is calling for Registrations of Interest (ROI) from parties (either individually or as part of a collaborative venture) that have the capability and capacity to remediate, develop and transact in relation to Defence Site Maribyrnong. The ROI is an opportunity for parties to register their interest and demonstrate their capability and capacity to deliver this city shaping project. Any interested parties should email to receive a copy of the ROI document.

All Responses to the ROI must be made in accordance with the requirements of the ROI document. Following this ROI process, parties that have been identified and selected through the ROI process may be invited to participate in subsequent stages of the open market process. It is anticipated that these will include a Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) stage and a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.

The ROI is open from Thursday 7th April 2022 until Wednesday 11th May 2022 at 3pm AEST.

Community Update

From 11 July 22, Defence will be conducting a project at Defence Site Maribyrnong to remove legacy asbestos material from the site. The asbestos material has been identified in roofing material, equipment insulation, pipe lagging and other locations.

Defence has employed a competent and licenced contractor to remove asbestos in accordance with best practice, including appropriate weather conditions, worksite air monitoring, manual collection, secure storage, and auditable disposal of asbestos containing material.

Defence will take active steps to ensure that no asbestos materials are emitted from the Defence Site Maribyrnong property.

Asbestos removal contractors will be equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, HAZMAT suits and respirators, similar to the image below.

An example image of an Asbestos removal contractor wearing gloves, HAZMAT suit and respirator.

Further information on asbestos-related matters can be found at the Asbestos in Victoria website.

Status of other activities

Environmental and Heritage work, including investigations and reporting following recent fires, are continuing on the site. Defence will continue to engage with the Victorian Planning Authority and Maribyrnong City Council regarding future planning and use of the site. The open marketing testing process will continue to progress and updates provided on this website.