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Tract Helps Bring HMAS Otama Ashore_____

Tract Consultants - HMAS Otama - Indicative Concept Plan

Tract Helps Bring HMAS Otama Ashore

Tract's many years of involvement in the proposal to use the former HMAS Otama as the centrepiece of a museum, educational facility and memorial to Australia's naval and merchant seafarers continued on Friday 7 June 2013 when Tract's concept plan for the Victorian Maritime Centre was unveiled at a function attended by State and Local Government representatives, local tourism and business leaders and other supporters.

Nevan Wadeson outlined Tract's concept for the Victorian Maritime Centre at the event at Western Port Marina, Hastings, not far from where the Victorian Maritime Centre will be built.

The local press also took interest in a project which has the potential to significantly revitalise the commercial district of Hastings and promises to be a major tourism attraction for the Morington Peninsula.

Tract has been assisting the Western Port Oberon Association Incorporated to realise the vision for the Victorian Maritime Centre with the submarine Otama brought ashore and made available for public inspection, as well a landmark building which will house visitor and educational facilities, display and ticketing areas and a cafe. The former HMAS Otama was decommissioned from the Royal Australian Navy in 2001 and acquired by the Association in 2002, when it was towed to where it currently lies moored off Crib Point, south of Hastings.
Tract's Concept Plan shows the Victorian Maritime Centre occupying a reclaimed area of approximately 1 hecatare on the seaward side of the Western Port Marina. Additional areas are provided for car and bus access and parking. New wharf space will provide the potential for additional displays and for visitors to arrive by sea.

The Concept Plan follows Tract's successful application in late 2012 for a Coastal Use Consent, which represents an endorsement by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change of the use of coastal land for the Centre, and is a key preliminary before proceeding with more detailed technical and specialist assessments.

Tract's involvement has extended to Planning, Urban Design and Graphic Design services, and the preparation of architectural concept drawings for the Centre.

Please contact Nevan Wadeson or Andrew Caspar if you'd like any further information on this project.
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