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Friday, 28 August 2020

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

Since our update on 12 March, the BCNA has been encouraging all parties to meet and find a resolution to the use of the 1-7 Waterfront Place site.

Since December 2019, the BCNA has advocated for Victorian Government purchase of the site as explained here. However, there appears to be no interest by the Victorian Government in doing this. Given this, the BCNA recently decided to change its position to: The BCNA will continue to engage with the developer of 1-7 Waterfront Place, and with relevant stakeholders, with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for the local community.

In early August, the developer submitted plans to the City of Port Phillip. These are expected to be formally advertised soon. We will alert members when this occurs.

The developer plans to hold a webinar for the community. This will be an opportunity to hear about the proposal and to ask questions. The BCNA will publicise contact details when these are available.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Fishermans Bend Webinar

The University of the Third Age, Port Phillip, hosted a Webinar on the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) on Saturday 15th August 2020. The speakers were Janet Bolitho (Fishermans Bend Development Board member and former Mayor of the City of Port Phillip), Bernadene Voss (Mayor, City of Port Phillip) and David Weston (Fishermans Bend Business Forum). The forum was ably chaired by Max Nankervis, a town planner and academic. The forum provided an excellent overview of the project and discussed some of the key issues. A video and recording of the forum can be accessed here.

The 30-year project has been described as the largest urban renewal project in Australia. It is expected to be home to 80,000 people and provide 80,000 jobs. The BCNA has been active in trying to shape the project.

One of the issues discussed at the forum was the provision of public transport into the area. Our earlier post in February showed the planned routes for tram and rail services. The BCNA has advocated for the early provision of public transport. This is necessary to encourage investment and new residents. It will also ease congestion on Williamstown Road and nearby roads.

Restoration of the Kiosk on Station Pier

VicPorts commenced works to restore the heritage-listed East Finger Pier Kiosk in June 2019. The first task was the removal of non-heritage extensions to leave just the original structure. The plan is to restore the kiosk to its original configuration. Some limited works are planned in 2020-21.