Fishermans Bend

Fishermans Bend: Australia's largest urban renewal

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 485 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. Fishermans Bend 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 60,000 people.





Fishermans Bend: Australia's largest urban renewal

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 485 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. Fishermans Bend 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 60,000 people.





  • New schools being planned for Fishermans Bend

    3 days ago

    The Department of Education and Training is seeking expressions of interest from proponents for the sale or lease of suitable land to enable the development of new schools in Fishermans Bend. For more information, visit the Victorian School Building Authority.

    The Department of Education and Training is seeking expressions of interest from proponents for the sale or lease of suitable land to enable the development of new schools in Fishermans Bend. For more information, visit the Victorian School Building Authority.

  • Consultation on the development of the Fishermans Bend Framework now closed

    3 days ago

    Consultation with the community and stakeholders on the principles and ideas to develop a draft Framework was held in November. We received a lot of highly valuable feedback and local knowledge, which is being considered as we finalise the draft Framework. Over the coming weeks, feedback from our consultation sessions will be made available on our website. If you weren’t able to make it to one of the sessions, the materials we had available are here.

    Consultation with the community and stakeholders on the principles and ideas to develop a draft Framework was held in November. We received a lot of highly valuable feedback and local knowledge, which is being considered as we finalise the draft Framework. Over the coming weeks, feedback from our consultation sessions will be made available on our website. If you weren’t able to make it to one of the sessions, the materials we had available are here.

  • Fishermans Bend vertical school wins international award

    3 days ago

    The South Melbourne Ferrars Street Primary School has won an award at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin in the Education – Future Projects category. As the first vertical school in the Victoria, the school will cater for 525 students and include an early learning centre, multi-purpose community rooms and indoor and outdoor multi-purpose sports courts. The school was designed by architecture firm Hayball.

    The South Melbourne Ferrars Street Primary School has won an award at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin in the Education – Future Projects category. As the first vertical school in the Victoria, the school will cater for 525 students and include an early learning centre, multi-purpose community rooms and indoor and outdoor multi-purpose sports courts. The school was designed by architecture firm Hayball.

  • Interim built form controls introduced

    3 days ago

    Interim mandatory built form controls and policy changes have been introduced to encourage employment uses, dwelling diversity and affordable housing in Fishermans Bend while permanent controls are being developed by the Fishermans Bend Taskforce.

    The intention for the guidelines is to improve building and street amenity, which will lead to improvements in building design and streetscape. These guidelines provide stronger guidance on the type and scale of development that is expected in Fishermans Bend and address development context, site layout, building design, microclimate, public space and landscape, transport and access, sustainability and infrastructure.

    Read the updated Strategic Framework Plan that... Continue reading

    Interim mandatory built form controls and policy changes have been introduced to encourage employment uses, dwelling diversity and affordable housing in Fishermans Bend while permanent controls are being developed by the Fishermans Bend Taskforce.

    The intention for the guidelines is to improve building and street amenity, which will lead to improvements in building design and streetscape. These guidelines provide stronger guidance on the type and scale of development that is expected in Fishermans Bend and address development context, site layout, building design, microclimate, public space and landscape, transport and access, sustainability and infrastructure.

    Read the updated Strategic Framework Plan that now includes the interim built form controls.

  • Help shape the next stage of planning for Fishermans Bend

    3 days ago

    Following the release of the vision, the next step in planning is underway to develop the draft Fishermans Bend Framework for the four neighbourhoods and the employment precinct.

    Come along to one of our workshops or drop-in sessions to hear the latest updates on the progress of the framework, with a focus on liveability, community facilities and services, and public space.

    Find out more about how you can register to attend a workshop or visit a drop-in session here.


    Following the release of the vision, the next step in planning is underway to develop the draft Fishermans Bend Framework for the four neighbourhoods and the employment precinct.

    Come along to one of our workshops or drop-in sessions to hear the latest updates on the progress of the framework, with a focus on liveability, community facilities and services, and public space.

    Find out more about how you can register to attend a workshop or visit a drop-in session here.


  • New schools for Fishermans Bend on the way

    3 days ago

    We are another step closer to new schools in Fishermans Bend, with planning for a primary and secondary school announced as part of the Docklands School Provision Review. This builds upon our commitment to provide an inclusive and healthy community for current and future residents of Fishermans Bend.

    Find out more at the Department of Education and Training website.


    We are another step closer to new schools in Fishermans Bend, with planning for a primary and secondary school announced as part of the Docklands School Provision Review. This builds upon our commitment to provide an inclusive and healthy community for current and future residents of Fishermans Bend.

    Find out more at the Department of Education and Training website.


  • Fishermans Bend sets benchmark for 21st century living and working with release of final vision

    3 days ago

    Following public consultation on the draft Fishermans Bend Recast Vision during May-July 2016, the Fishermans Bend Vision has now been finalised and is available here.

    The release of the 2050 vision establishes a clear direction for Fishermans Bend's future planning work and delivery.

    Following public consultation on the draft Fishermans Bend Recast Vision during May-July 2016, the Fishermans Bend Vision has now been finalised and is available here.

    The release of the 2050 vision establishes a clear direction for Fishermans Bend's future planning work and delivery.

  • Ministerial Advisory Committee

    5 months ago

    An independent Ministerial Advisory Committee was announced on 21 July 2015 to advise the Minister for Planning on Fishermans Bend.

    The Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee has reviewed the planning process to date for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area and provided a report to the Minister for Planning in October 2015. The report includes 40 recommendations, 34 of which have been adopted in full and six in part. Please see the report, summary of the recommendations and the Minister for Planning's response below.

    The Minister for Planning's response to the advisory committee's recommendations were discussed at a Fishermans Bend... Continue reading

    An independent Ministerial Advisory Committee was announced on 21 July 2015 to advise the Minister for Planning on Fishermans Bend.

    The Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee has reviewed the planning process to date for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area and provided a report to the Minister for Planning in October 2015. The report includes 40 recommendations, 34 of which have been adopted in full and six in part. Please see the report, summary of the recommendations and the Minister for Planning's response below.

    The Minister for Planning's response to the advisory committee's recommendations were discussed at a Fishermans Bend community forum on 29 February 2016, which was attended by the Minister for Planning, the advisory committee, Fishermans Bend taskforce, and about 300 community members, industry stakeholders, and council members.

    The Ministerial Advisory Committee will also be producing further reports to provide independent advice on the planning and future of Fishermans Bend as the taskforce progresses through their recommendations.

  • Fishermans Bend Taskforce

    5 months ago

    One of the first recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee that the Planning Minister has acted upon is the creation of a new Fishermans Bend Taskforce that comprises members from Places Victoria, the Metropolitan Planning Authority, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip.

    The taskforce will work together with the Ministerial Advisory Committee and the community to develop a blueprint for Fishermans Bend that will transform it into a place for everyone.


    The taskforce is developing:

    • four detailed Neighbourhood Plans for Lorimer, Montague, Wirraway and Sandridge
    • ... Continue reading

    One of the first recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee that the Planning Minister has acted upon is the creation of a new Fishermans Bend Taskforce that comprises members from Places Victoria, the Metropolitan Planning Authority, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip.

    The taskforce will work together with the Ministerial Advisory Committee and the community to develop a blueprint for Fishermans Bend that will transform it into a place for everyone.


    The taskforce is developing:

    • four detailed Neighbourhood Plans for Lorimer, Montague, Wirraway and Sandridge
    • a Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct Plan and overarching Infrastructure Plan for the entire Fishermans Bend area, including transport infrastructure, community infrastructure and open space, environment and water sensitive urban design responses and development contributions
    • a draft planning scheme amendment and any proposed implementation actions arising from the development of the plans
    • a draft Community Engagement Plan.