Fishermans Bend

National engineering and advanced manufacturing hub

At 485ha, and almost three times the size of Melbourne's CBD, the Fishermans Bend Business Precinct provides an unparalleled opportunity for urban renewal.

It comprises five key precincts:

  • The four precincts in the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area are envisioned to be a thriving place that is a leading example for environmental sustainability, liveability, connectivity, diversity, and liveability.  This includes the mixed-use precincts of Montague, Lorimer, Sandridge and Wirraway.
  • The Fishermans Bend National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC), including the government-owned Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct, envisaged to be internationally renowned as a centre for innovation in advanced manufacturing, engineering, and design.

Where is Fishermans Bend?

Fishermans Bend Business Precinct is right on the doorstep of Melbourne CBD.

It provides for the expansion of Central Melbourne to accommodate residential and commercial growth and strengthen Melbourne’s competitiveness for jobs and investment.

A babsic Map showing where finshermans bend is located in relation to the CBD. It highlights locations like the University of Melbourne Engineering School site and Possible community hospital site

Fishermans Bend in future

Fishermans Bend will reflect Melbourne’s past and help define its future. A benchmark for urban transformation, the precinct will become a series of thriving places. It will offer high amenity housing and be a leading example of environmental sustainability.

Fishermans Bend aims to be Australia's largest urban renewal Green Star Community.

By 2050 the precinct will have:

  • 80,000 workers
  • 80,000 residents

Life in this precinct

Jobs

Fishermans Bend will support 80,000 jobs overall:

  • The National Employment and Innovation Cluster will support 40,000 of these jobs as well as 20,000 tertiary students by 2050
  • The Urban Renewal Area will comprise the other 40,000 jobs across a range of sectors.

The centrepiece to the National Employment and Innovation Cluster is the Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct on the former General Motors Holden site (purchased by Government in 2016). The site is being curated as a centre for excellence in advanced manufacturing, engineering and design, with the University of Melbourne confirmed to relocate their Engineering and Design Campus to the site (Stage 1 due to open in 2025).

Key employment sectors in Fishermans Bend will be:

  • Advanced manufacturing, engineering, and design specialising in defence, aerospace, clean technology, and creative technology
  • Creative industries
  • Professional services.

Housing

Fishermans Bend will offer a variety of housing across four distinct precincts. They include:

  • Wirraway - a family friendly inner-city neighbourhood close to the bay and Westgate Park
  • Montague - a diverse and well-connected community that celebrates its cultural and built heritage
  • Lorimer - a vibrant riverside area connected to the CBD, Docklands, and other renewal areas
  • Sandridge - a lively neighbourhood made up of commercial, retail, and diverse housing options.

Transport

Fishermans Bend is currently serviced by two tram routes and multiple bus routes, with a further two tram routes proposed, while two potential alignments and three potential station locations have been preserved for potential future Metro Rail services.

Together these improvements, plus an unparalleled commitment to delivering best practice conditions for pedestrians and cyclists will help the precinct reach its goal of 80 per cent of all trips to be taken by walking, cycling or public transport by 2050.

Services

Fishermans Bend will be the new home of the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering and Design in the future.

The precinct is also planned to include a range of vertical schools, including the South Melbourne Primary School (opened in 2018) and the Port Melbourne Secondary College (due to open in early 2022).

Environment

Fishermans Bend aims to be Australia's largest urban renewal Green Star Community. This will be supported by requirements for sustainable buildings, with the majority mandated to be built to a five-star standard under the Green Building Council of Australia’s ‘Design and As-built’ rating tool.

A water recycling plant is being planned to treat wastewater in the precinct to be distributed to all properties via a third pipe plumbing network for irrigation, clothes washing and toilet flushing, while smart rainwater tanks are required to capture rainwater for reuse and drainage protection.

Open space is planned to be located within 200 metres of all residents and workers by 2050 and will be connected by a range of linear green spaces that provide water-sensitive continuous green spaces throughout the precinct.

More information

The Fishermans Bend website has more information about the precinct, including the Fishermans Bend Framework, which is the Government’s long-term blueprint for the area to 2050.

The Fishermans Bend Development Board advises Government on the planning, development and delivery for this precinct and is supported by the Fishermans Bend Taskforce.

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Page last updated: 9 November 2021