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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Update on Fishermans Bend

A Planning Review Panel was formed last year to advise the Minister on a new planning control for the Fishermans Bend area.

The Panel will commence public hearings in March. The hearings are designed to give Councils, land owners, agencies, community groups and individuals who made submissions on the draft Framework an opportunity to explain their concerns. The Panel is then expected to provide its report to the Minister within 40 business days of the last day of public hearings.

The BCNA raised concerns about the poor decision-making model for the project (five organization are involved), the absence of an operational plan, and no agreed budget in a submission last December. Rowan Groves, President of Port People Inc., will include our concerns in a presentation from South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR). SPURR represents 49 community groups in the South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and nearby areas. The BCNA is a member.

It is unfortunate that planning controls are being drafted before the strategic direction for the area is settled and announced by the Victorian Government.

Last week the Minister for Planning announced that he was “calling in” 26 major projects for the area. These will be assessed against the new planning control by an independent advisory committee.