Fishermans Bend proposals: an overview

The recent news that the State Government will proceed with a review of the Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan means it's time to have a look at the current state of play up to this point.

The City of Port Phillip have been listing the majority of all proposed and approved planning applications within Fishermans Bend as part of any planning application that is lodged with the council within their part of the urban renewal area.

The latest applications which have been lodged and are currently being assessed by the City of Port Phillip are 165-167 and 179 Gladstone Street in South Melbourne.


The approved 15-87 Gladstone Street for sale. Image courtesy CBRE

Approved by the Planning Minister during 2010, prior to the rezoning of Fishermans Bend

​These eight projects provide for 4,349 dwellings or roughly 8,000 new residents for Fishermans Bend should they be built. This equates to approximately 10% of the envisaged final population of around 80,000 residents.


City of Port Phillip have given their provisional decision on the majority of all outstanding planning applications which have yet to be ruled upon by the MPA. Projects which have Council support include:

Applications which have not gained support or in which City of Port Phillip have marked concerns include:

It's worth noting that 60-82 Johnson Street is according to the MPA website close to a final decision, although their latest update was provided during January. It's believed the project is either approved or very close to.

60-82 Johnson street. Image courtesy Rothelowman

And of the rest?

City of Port Phillip are not listing any Lorimer Precinct project within their April application summary, given the area falls within the City of Melbourne. All the applications below essentially abut Docklands, with ten towers spread across four development sites.

Very much present on either respective architect's website as being active, yet not present on either the MPA register or City of Port Phillip's summary are both South Melbourne projects seen below. One wonders where the fortunes of these two developments lie?


There are indeed two April PDFs in circulation at the moment, showing either MPA or COPP delegated projects. Safe to say both above projects and a handful of newly found planning applications are alive and well.


Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.