Victoria Premier Denis Napthine
Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Australia’s Largest Urban Renewal Precinct To Drive A More Liveable Melbourne
Victor P Taffa
Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Planning Matthew Guy today launched the Draft Vision and design guidelines for Australia’s largest urban renewal project, Fishermans Bend.
Dr. Napthine said the Vision for Fishermans Bend would 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.
“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.” Dr. Napthine said.
“The colocation of residents and jobs in an area only minutes from the existing CBD will be a major boost for the state’s productivity and economic growth over the next 50 years.”
“Sydney and Brisbane can only dream about planning a project of this scale. In contrast, the Victorian Coalition Government is delivering on a major investment pipeline expected to equate to $2 Billion over the next 10 years.”
Mr. Guy said that the Fishermans Bend project is Australia’s largest and most exciting urban renewal project.
“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.” Mr. Guy said.
“The Fishermans Bend project will set the standard for urban renewal across Melbourne and Australia over the next three decades, bringing thousands of new residents to areas close to jobs, transport and Australia’s greatest cultural heart.”
“When looking at the plan it is clear that a number of precincts will develop to include low rise family friendly housing, medium scale development, and high density development around a future transport corridor and new employment hubs.”
“The plan supports the delivery of a comprehensive open space network, new walking and cycling routes and mechanisms for the delivery of affordable housing.”
Mr. Guy said he was looking forward to community and stakeholder feedback on the Vision documentation and design guidelines.
“The Vision documentation and design guidelines will set new standards in urban renewal including requirements for open space provision, setbacks on towers above podiums, a network of laneways and density in locations that respects existing residents.” Mr. Guy said.
Mr. Guy thanked members of the Project Control Group including the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip who provided detailed input to the Vision documentation and design guidelines.
“We now enter a consultation phase where the community, landowners and existing businesses can provide comment on the Vision and associated directions. More details on a development contributions plan and infrastructure requirements will be released for feedback in the coming weeks.” Mr. Guy said.
Public comments and 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.