The Victorian Government has announced the formation of a new Fishermans Bend Development Board to guide the development of Australia’s largest urban renewal precinct at Fishermans Bend.
To be chaired by the chair of the former Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee, Meredith Sussex, the Board will include five experts in planning, industry, finance and transport: Martyn Myer AO, Susan Oliver, Cheryl Batago, Gary Liddle and Janet Bolitho.
The development covers approximately 480 hectares in central Melbourne, and will consist of five precincts across two municipalities – the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip – and connect Melbourne's CBD to the bay.
It is expected that by 2050, it will be home to approximately 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 80,000 people.
Planning of the area is led by the Fishermans Bend Taskforce which comprises members from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip, and Development Victoria.
A Mayors’ Forum will be established with the Mayors of the City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip and the Chair of the Development Board CEO, Meredith Sussex, to keep the councils up to date and engaged.
Mayor of Port Phillip, Bernadene Voss said the government’s interim governance arrangements for Fishermans Bend was “a further important step towards the transformation of this former industrial precinct into a worldclass place to live, work and visit.”
“We welcome the opportunity for our Council to provide input through a Mayors’ Forum and congratulate the Government on its appointment of such high calibre representatives to the new Fishermans Bend Development Board,” Cr Voss said.
“We are keen to understand exactly how this interim arrangement will work, including how our community will continue to be heard and informed as Fishermans Bend’s new suburbs in our City take shape,” she said.
Cr Voss said the community, which had three representatives on the former Ministerial Advisory Committee, would now have one “voice” on the six member Development Board.
“It is crucial that our community continues to have the best possible opportunity to provide ideas and feedback through avenues including a formal mechanism. To do this, continuing community engagement and representation is required.”
“Funding and finance for future projects is not outlined in today’s announcement. We are eager to learn what resources will be able available to help deliver what this new community needs to be successful”.
A public engagement process for Fisherman's Bend has been completed, and the report will feed into the final Framework and planning controls. It will also inform planning for the next stage of Fishermans Bend involving the development of Precinct Plans for Montague, Wirraway, Sandridge, Lorimer and the Employment Precinct.