Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct

The Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct is a catalyst project for Fishermans Bend in the Montague precinct. It showcases how community infrastructure and public spaces will be designed and delivered for Fishermans Bend - multi-purpose, flexible and integrated with complementary community services and facilities.

The new precinct features:

  • South Melbourne Primary School, Victoria's first government vertical primary school with integrated community facilities and services. The school opened for Term 1 in 2018.
  • A new community park adjacent to the school at 2-4 Buckhurst Street.

Further improvements to the precinct were also carried out to enhance the connectivity and safety of the precinct in the lead up to and following the completion of the new school:

  • Upgrades to the nearby tram stops on Route 109 (stop 125A) and Route 96 (stop 126) providing pedestrian priority and safe access to the new primary school and the local area.
  • The City Road/Ferrars Street road intersection upgrade to provide safe access for pedestrians, cyclists and cars to new primary school and precinct.
  • Changes to Railway Place, Douglas, Ferrars, Meaden, Buckhurst and Kerr Streets to promote pedestrian priority, sustainable transport and safe access to the new school and precinct.

The new precinct is being delivered through a collaboration between the Fishermans Bend Taskforce, City of Port Phillip, Victorian School Building Authority, Public Transport Victoria and VicRoads.

View the precinct map and find out more about the features and improvements taking place as part of this project.

Montague community park time-lapse

Cameras have been capturing the ongoing works at the new community park site at 2-4 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne.

This time-lapse video shows the progress of the park construction. The video captures the demolition of the original building and park construction progress to date. The current works consist primarily of site establishment, excavation and the preparation and formation of both Surveyors Place and the Southern Plaza along Buckhurst Street.

Enquiries on the new South Melbourne Primary School

Victorian School Building Authority

Phone: 1800 896 950 Email: vbsa@edumail.vic.gov.au

Website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au

Enrolment information: creece.noel.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

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Enquiries on the streetscape work and new community park

City of Port Phillip

Phone: (03) 9209 6777 Email: fsecp@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Website: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ferrars-st.htm

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Enquiries on the road intersection upgrade

VicRoads

Email: mnw.communications@roads.vic.gov.au  

Website: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

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Enquiries on the tram stop upgrades

Public Transport Victoria

Phone: 1800 800 007 6am – midnight  

Email: ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au

Website: www.ptv.vic.gov.au

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The story so far

Kirrip Park

Kirrip Park is the first new public space created for the growing Fishermans Bend community.

The new park was unveiled as a key part of the Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct, a catalyst project for Fishermans Bend. To help improve the safety and accessibility of the surrounding area, upgrades were also made to nearby tram stops and street intersections together with streetscaping of the adjacent streets.

Martin Foley, Member for Albert Park together with the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Port Phillip officially opened the park on Saturday 20 October 2018..

The name of Kirrip Park was chosen through an extensive community consultation process by City of Port Phillip. ‘Kirrip’ means friendship or mate in the Boon Wurrung language.

Montague Community Park

Demolition at 2-4 Buckhurst Street South Melbourne has completed and works commenced on the new community park on 8 January 2018. The entire park site has been fenced off, permanently closing Ferrars Street (between Douglas Street and Gladstone Street) and Gladstone Street (between Kerr Street and Ferrars Street), and narrowing Kerr Street.

Streetscape works will create enhanced school drop-off zones in Ferrars Street, Kerr Street and Whiteman Street, loading zones in Meaden Street and Kerr Street, pedestrian crossings in the vicinity of the new school building (including Buckhurst Street and Ferrars Street), a bus zone in Kerr Street and additional visitor parking spaces in Ferrars Street.

The City of Port Phillip is also undertaking a process to formally name the new community park. Community consultation seeking name suggestions closed on 15 December 2017. All nominations were assessed against the selection criteria, and those meeting these requirements were reviewed by the Cultural Heritage Reference Committee on 20 February 2018.

The committee's preferred name, Kirrip Park, was submitted to Council by the Boon Wurrung Foundation as part of the initial naming consultation. The word ‘kirrip’ means friend or mate in the Boon Wurrung language. The name was presented to Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 4 April 2018, and Council approved the recommendation to progress with the proposed name to community consultation.

For more information on the completed consultation process click here.

For more information about the current and future works taking place on the 2-4 Buckhurst Street site, see upcoming works.

For more information, please visit the City of Port Phillip website.

Page last updated: 26/10/2018