GM’s announcement that Holden is ceasing all operations in Australia is seen by many as a national tragedy and a great loss to the community. While I understand people’s sadness that an Australian icon will disappear, the decision gives Bass Coast an opportunity to acquire a wonderful and unique community asset.
The Lang Lang Proving Ground is a very large parcel of land, heavily vegetated with native forest and home to many vulnerable species of flora and fauna. It has a small building footprint and a large network of roads and tracks which have been used to develop vehicles suited to Australian conditions.
I believe Bass Coast Shire Council now has a window of opportunity to raise its hand on behalf of the community, acquire it on behalf of the Australian taxpayers who have heavily subsidised Holden since 1948, and redevelop the facility into a multi-use recreational facility – in simpler terms, a great big park.