Victoria’s state government released the final version of the Fishermans Bend vision last month – a plan to revitalise 485ha sitting between the existing central business district and the port.
Image above: Fishermans Bend, between Melbourne’s cbd & port, an urban renewal site including Holden’s headquarters (outlined).
2 precincts are in Melbourne – Lorimer and the Fishermans Bend employment precinct – and 3 are in Port Phillip City – Montague, Wirraway & Sandridge.
In 2012, the state government identified the urban renewal area as an urban renewal project of state significance and rezoned it as capital city zone. Initially the rezoned area was about 250ha but it’s now 485ha, more than doubling the central city.
Last month, a major step forward occurred when the state government bought the 37.7ha General Motors Holden headquarters & engine-manufacturing site. Holden will become an import-only company once the last Commodores roll off its Adelaide production line next year, ending 80 years of Australian production.
The state government has earmarked the Holden land for a design, engineering & technology district, aiming to bring together industry leaders in aerospace, defence, marine & automotive design.
The government said in a release the Holden site would be a catalyst for creating thousands of high value jobs: “This project will drive private sector investment into the Fishermans Bend employment precinct.”
Benchmarks for urban renewal
The Fishermans Bend vision sets benchmarks for inner-city urban renewal on economic prosperity, sustainability, design, smart urban management, community service provision and both active & public transport.
- A target of 80% of transport movements to be made by public transport, walking or cycling
- Delivery of catalyst projects, starting with an education & community precinct
- At least one activity centre in each precinct including retail, jobs & community services
- Primary & second schools across Fishermans Bend
- Open space within 200m walking distance for all residents & workers
- An integrated transport strategy including cycle paths, tram lines & an underground rail line, and
- Diverse & affordable housing opportunities.
Attribution: State government, Port Phillip City, Age.