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ab123: Dynon yards is a no-brainer, it's been discussed for years and the next logical step after getting rid of the Spencer Street yards. I'm not sure about reclaiming it for housing though, there's a chance it could be contaminated with mercury or lead being an ex industrial site? Are there any other locations you can think of that might be that easy?Contamination did not stop them developing the Flinders Street yards. The area was seriously contaminated with asbestos from the many years of changing brake blocks on the red rattlers. So they simply bulldozed it all into a hill and called it Birrarung Marr.
I'm aware of easements that have been permanently loaned to adjacent farmers. There was a push in the Wimmera some years ago to convert the old Balmoral line easement to a rail-trail for the sake of tourism but local farmers screamed blue murder until the plan was dropped. They didn't want to give the land back they'd been using for 30 years and they certainly didn't want cyclists and walkers ambling past their properties.A narrow strip of land is hardly of any use to a farmer. What can you use it for? The years of weed control, ballast and such means it does not grow anything of use.
Plans for housing along with retail etc.