Australia's largest urban renewal precinct will drive a more liveable Melbourne (16.09.2013)

Written on the 18 September 2013

Australia's largest urban renewal precinct will drive a more liveable Melbourne (16.09.2013)

Australia’s largest and most exciting urban renewal project was announced this week at Fishermans Bend.

I joined Premier, Denis Napthine and Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy to launch the Draft Vision and design guidelines.

The concept and reality of Fishermans Bend urban renewal has been conceived and delivered by the Coalition Government with the support of the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip.

This is the Victorian Coalition Government delivering on a major investment pipeline expected to equate to $2 billion during the next 10 years. It is exciting and ambitious!

The Vision for Fishermans Bend will allow for Melbourne’s continued growth as the world’s most liveable city by providing opportunities for new residents to live in an expanded CBD. This project is setting the standard for urban renewal across Melbourne and Australia.

The co-location of residents and jobs in an area that is only minutes from the existing CBD will be a major boost for the state’s productivity and economic growth during the next 50 years. Thousands of new residents will be able to live close to jobs, transport and Australia’s greatest cultural heart - the city of Melbourne.

It is incredible to think how the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area has the capacity to accommodate a population approaching the size of Ballarat or Bendigo on the doorstep of the existing CBD.

The plan includes the development of a number of precincts that will include low rise family friendly housing, medium scale development, and high density development around a future transport corridor, new employment hubs, and the plan supports the delivery of a comprehensive open space network, new walking and cycling routes.

Looking at the documentation and design guidelines, it is exciting to note the requirements for open space provision, setbacks on towers above podiums, a network of laneways and density in locations that respects existing residents. We are setting new standards in urban renewal.

I congratulate the members of the Project Control Group including the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip on their inspiring work.

I encourage public comment and stakeholder feedback on the Vision documentation and design guidelines. Submissions close on 22 November 2013. A final structure plan for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area is expected to be released in early 2014.

For a copy of the Draft Vision and Design Guidelines for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area visit

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