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 and 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 Development Board 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.
Fishermans Bend Development Board
The Fishermans Bend Development Board has been established to guide the planning and development of this landmark project for Melbourne. The Board will guide engagement with the community, advising on precinct plans and major decisions for Fishermans Bend, supporting the growth of healthy, thriving neighbourhoods while creating new jobs.
The board will be led by Ms Meredith Sussex AM as Chair. Ms Sussex is joined by a team of five experts in planning, industry, finance and transport: Ms Cheryl Batagol PSM, Ms Janet Bolitho, Mr Gary Liddle, Mr Martyn Myer AO and Ms Susan Oliver.
In addition a Mayors Forum has been established with the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip, continuing the strong partnerships and collaboration integral to the success of the area.
|Meredith Sussex AM is an expert on city planning and chair of the Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee. She is commitment to community engagement in the development and implementation of public policy.|
|Janet Bolitho is a Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee member and an advocate for urban renewal. A former City of Port Philip mayor, her strong connection with the Port Philip Bay area is expressed through Port Places.|
|Susan Oliver is an entrepreneurial business leader who is deeply committed to the innovation agenda. Her strong commercial and technical skills result from directorial experiance of 20+ years. She was recently appointed Wheeler Centre Chair.|
|Martyn Myer has been appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to business and the community. He is president of the Myer Foundation and serves in executive and philanthropic roles with a range of organisations.|
|Cheryl Batagol has more than 40 years’ experience in the waste management, water and environmental sectors. She is Chairperson of the Environment Protection Authority and has a Public Service Medal for service to sustainability.|
|Gary Liddle is Enterpsie Professor of Transport at the University of Melbourne. Best known for his work with Public Transport Victoria and VLine, Gary has held various board positions with key national roads and transport bodies.|
Ministerial Advisory Committee
An independent Ministerial Advisory Committee was formed in 2015 to advise the Minister for Planning on Fishermans Bend and the committee has now concluded their work.
Public administration leader Meredith Sussex was the chair of the committee, which also included the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, 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 was tasked with producing reports to provide independent advice on the planning and the future of Fishermans Bend as the Taskforce progressed through the planning process.