Columns
10 years on Image

10 years on

Melbourne Bike Share becomes Docklands Bike Share
Read more >>

Away from the desk Image

Away from the desk

The little bent tree
Read more >>

Chamber update Image

Chamber update

Coming out of COVID-19
Read more >>

Docklander Image

Docklander

Moving across the world for Docklands
Read more >>

Docklands Secrets Image

Docklands Secrets

Conflicting speeds
Read more >>

Chinese

滨海港区 预算菲薄
Read more >>

Critic

A killer in Docklands
Read more >>

Owners' Corporation Management

Performance-based alternative solutions the key to cheaper cladding replacement costs
Read more >>

Fashion Image

Fashion

Top five street style trends
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Warming up before exercise – why you really need to
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

What I hate about Docklands
Read more >>

History

(A sailor’s) Home is where the Hearth is
Read more >>

Business Image

Business

Anchor up at Yarra’s Edge’s newest cafe
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Keeping the lights on during COVID-19
Read more >>

Maritime

Two steps forward and one step back
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Ty the adorable rescue
Read more >>

SkyPad Living Image

SkyPad Living

Coming out of COVID-19 with a silver lining
Read more >>

Precinct Perspectives

Getting through COVID-19
Read more >>

State MP

After COVID-19: do we want to go back to “normal”?
Read more >>

Street Art Image

Street Art

Goodbye from Blender Studios
Read more >>

Sustainability

How fast is fast fashion?
Read more >>

The District

Eat your way through our most delicious hot spots
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Short-stays in the aftermath of COVID-19
Read more >>

Editions
August 09 Edition Cover

Docklands Community Association - June 2012

29 May 2012

Greetings everybody

Whilst there is still no decision from Minister Guy regarding the MAB plan for the redevelopment of Waterfront City and the piazza, the DCA has received a response from Premier Baillieu to our representations saying that, whilst he couldn’t make specific comment on the plan while it is still under review, he said: “ I would like to commend the commitment of time and resources that the members of the Docklands Community Association have dedicated to raising their concerns about the proposal with the Minister for Planning.”

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to improving community assets in the Docklands precinct … As part of the 2011-12 State Budget, our Government provided $9.7 million over four years to develop a new planning strategy for Melbourne, of which Docklands is a vital component.”

I think we can take some heart from that and also from the protracted delay in a decision on the WFC plans, which may indicate some modifications are under consideration.

The City of Melbourne has released what it calls Public Realm Plans for Docklands. It can be commented on online or at public forums being held at the Hub on Wednesday, June 13, 5.30 - 6.30pm or Saturday, June 16, 11am to 12 noon.

The plan is a lengthy document covering roads, streets, buildings and open space on land. Interestingly, it does not address water-use development. The impression is that they want to broaden the focus away from parks open space, which of course is lacking.

Whilst streets can be used for walking and there are bike tracks, it acknowledges the need for land-based recreation and more parks and trees. Of course the “No man’s land” Esplanade is open space and its redevelopment will add significantly to the Docklands’ image and use.

Interestingly, it says the Waterfront City Piazza is earmarked as a civic space providing a green space for locals as well as for events attracting up to 5000 people.

The development of the waterways usage is an integral part of the public realm development and perhaps is being made a separate study. Ferries are seen as crucial in bringing visitors to and from NewQuay.  In relation to the recent airing of the idea of commuter ferries between the lower western suburbs and the city it raises the question of would they also service NewQuay.

Council is running a survey on what people think of the public events held in the city. The notice has been sent out to members. It can be accessed online. It has been pointed out to council that they have failed to include reference to events held in Docklands.

Lists of Docklands events and activities from the Hub, council and Etihad Stadium are being emailed to members as they come to hand.

Following the forum in March hosted by Places Victoria and council informing us of improved governance and consultation, we have heard nothing further or have not received any response to our suggestion that the DCA and the Chamber of Commerce should be represented on their strategic planning committee. We will follow up.

If any reader would like to become a member of the DCA or has any suggestions they wish to put forward regarding activities or issues, they are welcome to contact us on (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  If you would like to talk to me about any aspect you are welcome to call me on 0412 097 706.  You can also keep up with things on our website http://www.docklandscommunityassociation.com

Great to be in touch again.

Sincerely
Roger Gardner
President DCA

Stay in touch with Docklands. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Docklands News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.