Frequently asked questions

What is the Fishermans Bend project?

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 485 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. With an area twice the size of the CBD, Fishermans Bend consists of five precincts across two municipalities – the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip – and will connect Melbourne's 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 60,000 people.

Who is the 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.

It comprises members from Places Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip.

The Taskforce will work together with the Ministerial Advisory Committee, the community and stakeholders to develop a blueprint for Fishermans Bend that will transform it into a place for everyone.

The Taskforce will develop:

  • the Fishermans Bend Vision
  • the Fishermans Bend Framework
  • detailed precinct plans for Lorimer, Montague, Wirraway, Sandridge and the Employment Precinct
  • an 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
  • community engagement principles and plans.

Who is the Ministerial Advisory Committee?

An independent Ministerial Advisory Committee was announced on 21 July 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 Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, 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
  • Phil Spender – community representative and local businessman
  • Mark Woodland - director, Echelon Planning
  • Christian Grahame - head of Residential at Grocon.

What is the status of the Fishermans Bend project?

Fishermans Bend is currently in the planning phase.

The final vision was released in September 2016 following public consultation in May and June. It will be used to guide the development of the Draft Fishermans Bend Framework as part of the next stage in planning.

In advance of the release of the draft Framework, we undertook community and stakeholder consultation in November to help shape its development. There will be further opportunities to provide feedback on the draft Framework when it is released Spring 2017.

What is the Fishermans Bend Vision?

The Fishermans Bend Vision establishes a clear direction and benchmarks for future planning work and delivery, with a focus on environmental sustainability, liveability, connectivity, diversity and innovation.

Final Fishermans Bend Vision (PDF, 7.5 MB)

What is the Fishermans Bend Framework?

The purpose of the Framework is to guide the planning for Fishermans Bend, including the strategies for transport, community infrastructure – services and facilities, public space, density, Aboriginal and cultural historic heritage, activity centres and sustainability.

A draft Framework will be released in Spring 2017 for public consultation.

How can I have my say on the draft Framework?

Consultation with the community and stakeholders on the principles and ideas being developed for the draft Framework was held in November.

The feedback we received has now been compiled in the Development of the Draft Fishermans Bend Framework Public Engagement Report. The report details the feedback we received and how it is being considered by the Taskforce.

Development of the Draft Fishermans Bend Framework Public Engagement Report (PDF, 3.1 MB)

The draft Framework will be released for further consultation in Spring 2017 where you’ll have another opportunity to provide input into the planning process.

What are the next steps in the planning process?

The final Framework will be used to guide the development of detailed precinct plans for the four neighbourhoods and employment precinct. The Precinct plans will inform the plans for implementation and provide further detail on the staging and timing of the Fishermans Bend development.

Planning scheme amendments will be required in order to implement the Framework and precinct plans.

Where can I find an accessible version of a publication?

To request an accessible Word version of a publication, email