Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 is a cross-government body established in January 2016 to lead the planning of the area. It comprises members from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip.

The Taskforce works with the community, landowners, stakeholders and the Development Board and is currently completing the planning and beginning the delivery phase that will transform Fishermans Bend into a connected, liveable, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable place.

The Taskforce has developed and delivered a number of milestones on the journey to transform Fishermens Bend.

Click here to read an overview of the Framework with a timeline.

What is the Fishermans Bend Development Board?

The Fishermans Bend Development Board was established in August 2018 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 is chaired by Meredith Sussex AM – an expert on city planning and the chair of the former Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee.

She is joined by five experts in planning, industry, finance and transport:

  • Martyn Myer AO
  • Susan Oliver
  • Cheryl Batagol
  • Gary Liddle
  • Janet Bolitho

What is the Fishermans Bend Vision?

Produced in 2016 through extensive consultation,the Fishermans Bend Vision established 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 status of the Fishermans Bend project?

Fishermans Bend Taskforce is currently completing the planning and beginning the delivery of services and infrastructure for Fishermans Bend.   The final Framework and planning controls have recently been released and the Taskforce is working on precinct planning and an infrastructure funding plan. The Framework and planning controls (GC81) have been implemented in the planning schemes of the City of Port Phillip and the City of Melbourne.

The Framework will guide the transformation of 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 Framework?

Released in October 2018, the Framework is a long-term strategic plan for the development of Fishermans Bend to 2050. It will guide investment and development by the Victorian Government, local governments and the private sector.

The Framework builds on the previously released Fishermans Bend Vision and has been prepared with input from the community, industry, key stakeholders and local councils.

It will guide the transition of Fishermans Bend into a connected, liveable, prosperous, inclusive, healthy and environmentally sustainable place.

The Framework provides direction on how the transition of the area will be managed, creating certainty for the community, landowners, developers, businesses and investors.

The Framework was developed by the Fishermans Bend Taskforce. Feedback from public, landowners and industry engagement activities and submissions together with recommendations from an independent panel, have informed and shaped the Framework and the planning controls.

Read the Framework

What’s in the Framework?

The Framework provides direction on the future development of Fishermans Bend. Key initiatives in the plans for Fisherman Bend to 2050 include:

- Public transport including proposed future tram and train connections, major roads, bus and cycling links

- New primary and secondary schools, more open space and multi-purpose community hubs

- A 6 per cent affordable housing target by 2050 for all new development

- 80,000 jobs through additional commercial floor area and creation of high value jobs

- Leading sustainability targets including zero net greenhouse gas emissions and 80% of household waste to landfill

- Buildings over 5,000 square metres to be built to a 5 Star Green Star standard

- Strengthened overshadowing controls to protect public open space

- These controls and the Framework replace the Strategic Framework Plan and interim guidelines introduced in November 2016.

What do the planning controls do?

A suite of planning controls have been prepared to realise the objectives and strategies in the Framework. The planning controls sit within the Port Phillip and Melbourne Planning Schemes.

Key elements of the planning controls include:

  • the introduction of a Dwelling Density Ratio
  • a Social Housing Uplift scheme to deliver social housing
  • height controls
  • overshadowing controls to protect public open space
  • building setback controls
  • revised car parking controls and rates
  • encouragement of dwelling diversity and a range of building types
  • water storage and reuse across buildings
  • requirement for all new buildings to meet a minimum 4 Star Green Star rating and large scale buildings to meet a 5 Star Green Star rating
  • recognition of the role of existing industry in Fishermans Bend, while balancing the needs of future residents

What has been achieved so far?

Since 2014, the Victorian Government has commenced delivery a number of public infrastructure and development projects within Fishermans Bend.

These include:

  • New South Melbourne Primary School in the Montague Precinct (opened Term 1 2018)
  • New “Kirrip” Community Park in Montague – a partnership between the State Government and the City of Port Phillip (opened October 2018)
  • Upgrades to improve passenger experience and accessibility for two tram stops on Routes 109 and 96 that services the Ferrars Street Community and Education Precinct
  • Enhanced intersection at City Road and Ferrars Street – enabling increased accessibility and connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists and general traffic
  • Purchase of the General Motors Holden site in the Employment Precinct to create Australia’s leading design, engineering and technology district.
  • Securing the move of the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering to Fishermans Bend which will see more than 1,000 new engineering and IT students and academics collaborate with industry leaders.

Who was consulted to develop the Framework?

The public (including landowners) were given every opportunity to participate in consultation activities based on the draft framework over the exhibition period. In addition to the public briefing sessions undertaken with Planning Panels Victoria and the 250 submissions considered there were 27 face to face events with over 1200 participants and digital promotions with a reach of more than 550,000.

Read our engagement report here

What was the role of the Ministerial Advisory Committee?

An independent Ministerial Advisory Committee was announced on 21 July 2015 to advise the Minister for Planning on Fishermans Bend. The Committee concluded its work towards the project in early 2018.

Page last updated: 14/11/2018