Columns
10 years on Image

10 years on

Melbourne Water moving to Docklands
Read more >>

Away from the desk Image

Away from the desk

The little bent tree
Read more >>

Chamber update Image

Chamber update

COVID-19 and the Chamber’s response
Read more >>

Docklander Image

Docklander

Empowering women locally and abroad
Read more >>

Docklands Secrets Image

Docklands Secrets

Conflicting speeds
Read more >>

Chinese

零工经济的灰色区域
Read more >>

Fashion Image

Fashion

Top five street style trends
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Five strategies to get through coronavirus (COVID-19)
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

Bring on the lasers
Read more >>

Business Image

Business

New offerings at The District Docklands Market Lane
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Social distancing in apartment blocks is hard to do, but necessary right now
Read more >>

Maritime

Maritime matters
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Adorable therapy
Read more >>

Precinct Perspectives

A new perspective from Batman’s Hill
Read more >>

SkyPad Living Image

SkyPad Living

A chair’s perspective of vertical living in COVID-19 times
Read more >>

Street Art Image

Street Art

Goodbye from Blender Studios
Read more >>

Sustainability

Sustainability in a pandemic world
Read more >>

The District

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

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

We need a clear cladding policy – now!
Read more >>

Abby's Angle  Image

Abby's Angle

Slow down. The panic is coursing through all our veins
Read more >>

Extra rate for Collins Wharf

26 Apr 2016

Extra rate for Collins Wharf Image

Future Collins Wharf ratepayers will be hit with an additional rate by the City of Melbourne to fund the continued maintenance of the wharf their homes will be built on.

It’s estimated the cost of maintaining the wharf over the next 50 years will be around $51 million, with ratepayers to collectively contribute $450,000 per year towards the maintenance program.

The move to introduce an additional rate is a rare occurrence in Melbourne, with the Lord Mayor commenting it was “new territory” for the City of Melbourne.

Lend Lease is currently awaiting ministerial approval for the Collins Wharf master plan, which maps out a new mid-rise residential and low-rise commercial precinct along the wharf.

The six-hectare wharf is expected to become home to around 2700 new residents and construction of the continuation of Collins St and rejuvenation of the wharf structure is planned as part of the development.

Places Victoria currently owns the land but it’s expected the wharf will be vested by the Crown to the City of Melbourne as committee of management following development.

The decision to introduce an additional rate in this particular area of Docklands is due to the unique situation where a finger wharf will support future residential and commercial properties.

“That supporting structure and the road will provide the only access to the proposed housing and the developments and, therefore, it is recommended that the owners of those apartments and business areas should contribute to the long-term maintenance of that structure,” City of Melbourne engineering services manager Geoff Robinson explained.

Cr Stephen Mayne said future purchasers of apartments at Collins Wharf would be made aware of the obligation.

“It’s an upfront charge so everyone is clear before this proceeds that there is a liability, that there is a long-term maintenance question and that there is a contribution to that from the private owners and operators on that finger wharf.”

Another issue complicating the Collins Wharf proposal is that owners of the proposed low-rise commercial properties planned for the harbour side of the wharf cannot be given freehold status because they will depend on the public wharf.

A Lend Lease spokesperson said the company was unable to comment as Collins Wharf was still subject to planning approvals.

Alongside the commercial and residential developments, the Collins Wharf project will also include new public facilities and parks including a health and wellbeing centre and an “Eco Park” at the western tip.

Share on Facebook

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.