After 18 months of intensive research, analysis and community engagement, BlueScope has unveiled the Master Plan to develop 200 Hectares (Ha) of non-steelmaking, excess landholdings adjacent to the Port Kembla Steelworks.
The Master Plan will see BlueScope transform the surplus land next door to its steelmaking plant, into a next generation multi-industrial precinct with potential to create 30,000 jobs in emerging industries like clean energy, defence etc.
BlueScope managing director and CEO, Mark Vassella, made the announcement in front of around 200 community leaders and employees at an event in the Illawarra on Monday evening. He hailed it as "one of the most significant land transformation and jobs creation opportunities in Australia".
To underpin the Company's immediate ambitions for its large-scale coastal landholdings BlueScope also announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TAFE NSW to explore the opportunity for a 'Super TAFE' on the site.
BlueScope engaged Denmark's Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a global leader in urban design and architecture of industrial sites, to craft a "new urban model" for the Company's surplus land – an area larger than the Melbourne CBD.
The project adhered to BlueScope's First Nation's Framework, recognising Country and aiming to retain over 60 per cent of the transformed site as green and blue space and open parklands.
Vassella said, "As we fast approach our 100-year anniversary of steelmaking here in Port Kembla, we are acutely aware of the cultural and historical significance of this site, one of the largest manufacturing sites in Australia. Our plan is to retain approximately 70 per cent of the existing building floorspace to preserve this important steelmaking heritage."
"We already have around $2 Billion of capital investment manufacturing projects planned or underway in Port Kembla, and now with the release of the Master Plan, it's absolutely true to say, there has never been a more exciting time for BlueScope and the Illawarra."
By Phillip Hazell.