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Saturday 15 June 2013
News Alert # 13.1

COMMUNITY FORUM: Fishermans Bend: the future of our inner suburbs?

Sunday 7 JUL, 2013 | 2pm – 5pm | South Melbourne Commons, corner Bank & Montague Streets (enter from Bank Street), South Melbourne.

COMMUNITY ALLIANCE of PORT PHILLIP (CAPP) together with PORT PEOPLE, BEACON COVE NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION and PORT 2 PORT will host a forum on the future of FISHERMANS BEND Urban Renewal Area.

Plans are currently being drawn up by Government that will determine how the whole area will be redeveloped.

These plans are expected to be delivered by end of July 2013.

Docklands and Southbank have expanded Melbourne's CBD. Now attention is turning to neighboring inner urban areas, where manufacturing are currently located.

All of inner urban Melbourne ringing the CBD is now referred to in Government as the expanded CBD.

The Government has already rezoned these areas as the expanded "Capital City Zone".

For the City of Port Phillip the impact will be felt at the north west end of the city in the area known as Montague (bounded by City Road, Boundary Street and the M1 Westgate freeway) and the 240 hectares referred to as Fishermans Bend (along the river and the M1).

Already, in Montague, there is an application before the Minister for Planning for a 49 storey tower in Ferrars Street 43 further tower proposals are being discussed.

Each day the residents of Port and South see the towers of Southbank and Docklands at the end of their street, they are reminded of the current struggle to turn poorly planned urban areas into communities.

We can achieve the housing densities the minister wants with better models for urban development than Docklands and Southbank.

We fear these lessons have not yet been learnt, and our opportunity for planning a living city will be lost in a rush to approve more random tower blocks.

  • Where are the planning controls that will ensure liveability and sustainability?
  • What plans are there for transport, schools and community services?
  • When will the community have a say on the future of Fishermans Bend?

The future of Fishermans bend affects not only the communities of Port and South Melbourne – whose local amenity is under significant threat.

It belongs to all of us who love Melbourne, and who care about the character of its inner city.

The Forum will bring together a panel of planning and development experts and community activists. Its aim is to help all interested members of the community come to grips with the many serious issues involved.

The Forum on 7 July marks the beginning of a community campaign to save the future of our inner suburbs.

 

For More information

Email Jeff.Lyons2@gmail.com |

Phone 0417 501 420