Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project, covering approximately 480 hectares in the heart of Melbourne and connecting the CBD to the bay.
It is expected that by 2050, Fishermans Bend will be home to approximately 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 80,000 people.
Fishermans Bend is made up of five precincts across two municipalities (the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip):
- Lorimer: a vibrant, mixed-use precinct close to the Yarra River and connected to Melbourne’s CBD, Docklands and emerging renewal areas
- Montague: a diverse and well-connected mixed-used precinct celebrating its significant cultural and built heritage, and network of gritty streets and laneways
- Wirraway: a family friendly inner city neighbourhood close to the bay and Westgate Park
- Sandridge: one of Melbourne’s premium office and commercial centres, balanced with diverse housing and retail
- Employment Precinct: Australia’s leading design, engineering and advanced manufacturing precinct.
Fishermans Bend Taskforce
The Fishermans Bend Taskforce was established in January 2016 to lead the planning of the area on the recommendation of the Ministerial Advisory Committee.
The Taskforce comprises members from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip, and Development Victoria.
The Taskforce will work together with the Ministerial Advisory Committee and the community to develop a blueprint for Fishermans Bend that will transform it into a place for everyone.
The Taskforce is developing:
- four detailed neighbourhood plans for Lorimer, Montague, Wirraway and Sandridge
- a Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct Plan
- overarching Infrastructure Plan for the entire Fishermans Bend area, including transport infrastructure, community infrastructure and open space, environment and water sensitive urban design responses and development contributions
- a draft planning scheme amendment and any proposed implementation actions arising from the development of the plans.
Ministerial Advisory Committee
An independent Ministerial Advisory Committee was formed in 2015 to advise the Minister for Planning on Fishermans Bend.
Public administration leader Meredith Sussex is the chair of the committee, which also includes City of Melbourne Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood, City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss and a panel of leading experts and community representatives:
Lucinda Hartley – urban renewal, design and community engagement expert
Michelle Howard – social infrastructure, strategic and statutory planning expert
Eric Keys – integrated transport planning expert
Rob McGauran – architecture, urban design and housing expert
Janet Bolitho – community representative and former mayor of City of Port Phillip
Helen Halliday – community representative, former City of Port Phillip councillor and Fishermans Bend Network member
Mark Woodland - director, Echelon Planning
Phil Spender – community representative and local businessman.
The committee reviewed the Fishermans Bend planning process carried out to date as one of their first tasks and provided a report to the Minister for Planning in October 2015. The report included 40 recommendations, 34 of which have been adopted in full and six in part.
The Minister for Planning's response to the committee's recommendations were discussed at a Fishermans Bend community forum on 29 February 2016, which was attended by the Minister for Planning, the committee, Fishermans Bend Taskforce, and about 300 community members, industry stakeholders, and council members.
The committee will also be producing further reports to provide independent advice on the planning and the future of Fishermans Bend as the Taskforce progresses through the planning process.