Fishermans Bend development (4.09.2014)

Written on the 4 September 2014

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Planning. I ask: can the minister inform the house what action the Napthine government has taken to drive investment and job creation in new urban renewal areas in Melbourne's expanded central city area?


Hon. M. J. GUY (Minister for Planning) -- Fishermans Bend urban renewal is off to a flying start. I thank Ms Crozier for her very important question today. I thank Mrs Coote and Mr Davis for their hard work as local upper house MPs to ensure that they are doing their best to get inappropriate development off small urban streets and into the defined urban renewal precincts like Fishermans Bend, as it should be.

Today I can announce that I have approved five key permits for 2800 new homes there, which means the Fishermans Bend urban renewal precinct is finally coming of age. The $738 million of investment in Australia's largest urban renewal precinct will take huge pressure off existing urban areas and will lead to what Melbourne will be good at -- a new urban renewal precinct for defined residential growth to ensure that Melbourne can grow sustainably in areas the public knows and accepts, as opposed to a sporadic one-size-fits-all policy, an apartment block down one street, one at the end of a cul-de-sac and maybe a seven-storey building on a street where you only have two-storey buildings, as was the case under Labor's Melbourne 2030.

We are very confident as a government that this urban renewal precinct is good for Melbourne.

I cannot pass up this opportunity to talk about Fishermans Bend without noting that Daniel -- 'Dan', 'Danny' -- Andrews, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, when asked directly about Fishermans Bend, stated that he is not in the business of ripping things up and starting again. I think that is a good attitude. He said that on Thursday last week. It is just a shame that Mr Foley, the member for Albert Park in the Assembly, the guy who abuses schoolkids, then came out on Monday and said -- --

Honourable members interjecting.

Hon. M. J. GUY -- I meant he physically had a fight with a school.

The PRESIDENT -- Order! I have no knowledge of the context in which the minister made that remark -- --

Hon. M. J. Guy interjected.

The PRESIDENT -- Order! Nevertheless, I do not think that that substantiates the remark made in response to the question. I ask the member to withdraw the remark.Hon. M. J. GUY -- I withdraw it, President.

Mr Foley said they would rip up Fishermans Bend and start again, and Mr Tee says vital services are a recipe for disaster and then opposes a railway station and an urban renewal precinct which the government is trying to build.

Mr Leane interjected.

Hon. M. J. GUY -- Mr Leane needs a map and a dictionary telling him how to spell 'Labor'. The interjection comes from the illiterate Mr Leane, who spells his own political party with a 'u'.

Mr Leane interjected.

The PRESIDENT -- Order! I advise Mr Leane that the finals start on the weekend, not today. The minister to continue at a slightly lower volume.

Hon. M. J. GUY -- This government believes in providing vital services to major urban renewal precincts. That is why we are going to build a railway station at the Fishermans Bend urban renewal precinct. That is why we have got $44 million in development contributions coming from these projects that I have approved. That is just from these projects, which include parks and the school at the Ferrars Street site, which the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will fund. We are going to put in place the vital services, as opposed to the member for Albert Park who wants to tear things up and send the residents off to everyone else's seats, like Bentleigh, Carrum or Prahran.

This government, however, wants to make sure that urban renewal goes to the right areas.

If you cannot be consistent on policies like Fishermans Bend, and if you cannot be consistent on urban renewal, of course you cannot be consistent on the member for Frankston in the Assembly, Geoff Shaw, and of course you cannot be consistent on returning a dictaphone or breaking the law.

Fishermans Bend is Australia's largest urban renewal precinct. It is a great precinct that is going to accommodate tens of thousands of people in an area that is right for Melbourne, an area with a railway station, with parks and with a school, and it is because this government is building a better Victoria.

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