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Monday, 19 October 2015

Fishermans Bend Redevelopment

Many of you will be aware that major redevelopment of Fishermans Bend has been proposed and/or is under way. The BCNA has received many queries along the lines of "what's happening?" and "how will this affect us in Beacon Cove?".

The BCNA has been working to get information so we can answer these questions and Bill Fisher and Roger Joyce have volunteered considerable amount of time and effort to get to the bottom of things. Here is their report on the current situation.

Community groups in the South Melbourne and Port Melbourne areas have formed an alliance to voice concerns about the redevelopment of Fishermans Bend. The alliance is known as South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR). SPURR’s objective is a liveable Fishermans Bend. BCNA has joined this group which includes resident associations, sporting clubs, schools, and business groups.

A major concern is the fact that decisions are being made on the redevelopment proposals by the Minister, the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) while a strategic review is underway. Ideally, there should be a “moratorium” on planning applications until the planning review is completed and decisions announced on transport and other community facilities. Another concern is the rezoning of the area to the Capital City Zone which removed 3rd party rights of notification and appeal which allows affected parties to object to planning applications.

Representatives from SPURR have met Martin Foley (local member for Albert Park and Minister for Creative Industries, Minister for Housing, and Minister for Disability and Ageing), City of Port Phillip Councillors and staff, and the chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the Fishermans Bend redevelopment to voice our concerns.

The City of Port Phillip considered its priorities for Fishermans Bend redevelopment at its meeting on Tuesday 13th October 2015. At the urging of SPURR, Council amended their priorities to incorporate SPURR’s priority of acquiring land for public use. SPURR representatives will meet Council staff and relevant authorities to discuss how this can be made to happen.