Frequently asked questions

What is the Fishermans Bend project?

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 480 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 80,000 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 the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip, and Development Victoria.

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 is responsible for developing:

  • the Fishermans Bend Vision
  • the Fishermans Bend Framework
  • detailed precinct plans for Lorimer, Montague, Wirraway, Sandridge and the Employment Precinct
  • a draft planning scheme amendment and any proposed implementation actions arising from the development of the 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 was used to guide the development of the draft Fishermans Bend Framework, released for public consultation in Spring 2017.

The finalised Framework will guide the planning for Fishermans Bend, including the strategies for transport infrastructure, community infrastructure, public space, density, cultural historic heritage, activity centres and sustainability

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 has been released for public consultation. Submissions will be collected and analysed by the specially appointed Planning Review Panel, who will evaluate feedback on the draft Framework and planning controls and provide a report to the Minister for Planning which will help inform the final Framework.

Read the draft Framework

What’s new in the draft Framework?

The draft Framework provides more direction on the future development of Fishermans Bend. Included within the document is:

  • Density controls via a floor-area-ratio mechanism which will deliver the target population of 80,000 people
  • Minimum employment-generating floor space controls to ensure that Fishermans Bend develops as a truly mixed use precinct
  • Stronger overshadowing controls. As an example, ensuring each precinct has open space that receives at least three hours of sunlight per day during winter
  • Clarity on community infrastructure and future school provision
  • Updated and enhanced public and active transport connections
  • Additional open space provision and distribution
  • Enhanced focus on environmental sustainability including low carbon, low waste and biodiversity targets, building on the previous Framework’s water sensitive focus.

What are the next steps in the planning process?

The specially appointed Planning Review Panel will consider submissions and provide a report to the Minister of Planning, which will help inform the final Framework. Following the finalisation of the Framework by the Minister for Planning, a Planning Scheme Amendment will introduce the final suite of planning controls into the City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip Planning Schemes. The final Framework and planning scheme amendment 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.

Where can I find an accessible version of a publication?

To request an accessible Word version of a publication, email fishermansbend@delwp.vic.gov.au