Coalition’s $100 million Point Nepean plan protects heritage and environment

Source: Victorian Government - 

22 July 2014

The Victorian Coalition Government has secured the future of the historic Point Nepean Quarantine Station, announcing a $100 million proposal to transform the iconic site into a world-class tourist destination and education precinct.  

Premier Denis Napthine joined Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith and Member for Nepean Martin Dixon, to launch a plan for the Point Nepean site that will open the park to more Victorians and preserve its historic buildings and natural environment.  

“I am pleased to announce that the successful proposal from the Point Leisure Group is driven by a local family and strikes the right balance between leisure and learning activities, and maintaining the site for future generations to enjoy,” Dr Napthine said. 

“The proposal is in keeping with the site’s cultural and Indigenous heritage, while delivering stringent environmental protections.   

“Following a rigorous and competitive tender process, the successful plan includes a marine education and research precinct with the University of Melbourne; thermal pools and spa; a health and wellness centre; accommodation which is both luxury and camping style; retail outlets, cafes and restaurants; as well as a heritage museum that will bring the park’s history to life.   

“The proposed plan is expected to generate up to 220 jobs during construction, and up to a further 390 ongoing jobs.  

“This site is set to attract further investment and tourists from around the world, delivering a huge economic boost to the Mornington Peninsula and the state’s economy.”    

Mr Smith said the proposal represented a sensible and sensitive private sector tourism investment that aligns with the Coalition Government’s guidelines for tourism investment in national parks and the Point Nepean National Park master plan.     

“There are more than 50 buildings at the Quarantine Station, some of which hold heritage and cultural significance and are in pressing need of maintenance,” Mr Smith said.  

“This plan secures their future and ensures that they will be properly maintained. The proposal also accords with the height of existing buildings.  

“This plan sends a clear message to the Labor Party and their ‘lock it up and leave it’ mates, that a sensible and sensitive plan that protects Point Nepean’s environmental and historic assets can be delivered.”  

Mr Dixon said he was pleased to announce that all existing events and activities, such as the Portsea Polo, craft markets and concerts will continue to be held at Point Nepean, while there would be scope for additional tourism and investment ideas.  

“I welcome the Point Leisure Group and University of Melbourne to our community, and look forward to the educational, environmental and economic benefits this plan will bring,” Mr Dixon said.  

“Today the Coalition Government has secured the future of our much-loved and nationally significant park. This plan follows stringent guidelines that will protect and enhance the local environment, our coastline and the historic buildings on the site.  

“This plan provides for greater public access to an iconic site that has long been locked away from the public.  It can now be enjoyed by more locals and visitors for generations to come.”  

Directors of The Point Leisure Group, Richard and Trine Shelmerdine said as local residents and community members they are excited to be involved in a project that will transform Point Nepean’s historic Quarantine Station in a way that shares and maintains its unique heritage and natural environment.  

“Our family has been part of the local community for generations, and we are committed to embracing and protecting this special place,” Mr Shelmerdine said.  

“We feel very privileged to be part of a project that will revitalise a place that has played such an important role in Australia’s history. This will redefine Victorian tourism and create a world-class health and wellness destination that will inspire visitors to discover, unwind, and participate in the wonders of this area. 

“We see this as the beginning of the next stage of Point Nepean’s history and look forward to working closely with local community groups and the Victorian Government to make it a success for all involved.”   

The Coalition Government welcomes community feedback on this proposal. For more information visit or visit Parks Victoria’s office at Point Nepean. Details of a community meeting in the coming weeks will be available on the DEPI website.   

To view The Point Leisure Group’s website visit 



Martin Barr 0418 101 127 (Premier)

Elise Huck 0477 365 912 (Minister Smith)


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