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Fishermans Bend plan approved

31 Jul 2014

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Planning Minister Matthew Guy last month approved the final master plan for Fishermans Bend.

The 250 hectare suburb, which neighbours Docklands, is expected to be developed into a residential and commercial hub over the next 40 years, expanding the existing CBD.

According to Mr Guy, the Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan will guide the development of the precinct

The strategic framework plan sets out four key elements; street network, sustainable transport, open space and a series of places as guiding principles for Fishermans Bend. Alongside design guidelines, these key elements aim to provide direction to development applicants.

“Fishermans Bend is Australia’s most significant urban renewal project and this plan provides a long-term framework for a precinct that will transform Melbourne by linking the CBD to Port Phillip Bay, supporting 40,000 new jobs and providing homes for at least 80,000 residents,” Mr Guy said.

As reported on Page 1, the tram bridge proposed in the Fishermans Bend draft vision remains a long-term option, to the disappointment of the Yarra’s Edge community.  

However, in the short-term public transport is expected to be delivered to the precinct via a spur from the 109 tram line.

“Fishermans Bend will be served by excellent transport links, serviced by cycling and pedestrian links, roads, trams and rail via the new Melbourne Rail Link,” Mr Guy said.

“The new rail link will include a new underground station at Montague precinct, which will provide a high volume of peak services early in the development of the area.”

Mr Guy said he had approved three development applications for Fishermans Bend so far.

“Development of Fishermans Bend is a 40-year project but I have approved a limited number of permit applications that will allow some construction to start in the near future,” Mr Guy said.

“Developers will be required to make financial contributions towards new infrastructure as part of their permit conditions.”

The Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) prepared the strategic framework plan and has been named the responsible authority for Fishermans Bend.

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