The wraps come off Fishermans Bend's new community precinct

Fishermans Bend's long awaited school will be joined by a number of additional community and infrastructure upgrades as the Victorian Government yesterday unveiled its vision for the new education and community precinct.

Four additional projects joining the South Melbourne Primary School are:

  • An 8,400 square metre park available to the school and for public use, to be ready for when the school opens in January 2018
  • Upgraded tram stops around routes 109 and 96
  • Street and intersection upgrades around Douglas, Ferrars, Meaden, Buckhurst and Kerr Streets
  • New cycle lanes, kerbs and intersection upgrades for better pedestrian and cyclist access, providing safe routes to the school and park
Location diagram outlining the five projects

The 8,400 square metre plot designated as Montague Precinct's first park will also have the potential to expand with surrounding roads earmarked for closure, similar to the 447 Collins Street/Market Street expanded public realm scenario which is currently playing out in Melbourne's CBD.

Additionally Railway Place which runs parallel to the new school will be heavily remodelled to become a pedestrian priority area with direct connects to the 96 tram route. A terraced area will be created with an eye toward hosting public gatherings, outdoor teaching and live performances.

What they say

Investing in Fishermans Bend and bringing the community with us means we will have new suburbs close to Melbourne’s CBD where we can accommodate another 80,000 people over the coming decades.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

We’re delivering more school places in South Melbourne and this plan for the surrounding streets will give students safe access on foot, on their bikes and on public transport.

Minister for Education James Merlino
South Melbourne Primary School. Image: Hayball

The project's centrepiece will be a new vertical school created by design practice Hayball that will be capable of accommodating 525 students. Set over a 5,000 square metre site, the five level building is at early construction and will include an early-learning centre set atop its roof, outdoor study areas, administration space, multi-purpose community rooms and a recreation hub.

South Melbourne Primary School is set to open during 2018.

The park which will be located diagonally opposite the new learning campus was previously subject to a sizeable dual tower residential project which was to have included 360 apartments. The site was subsequently purchased by the Victorian Government for $20 million during 2015 in order to facilitate the delivery of a new public space.

Upon completion the various new community resources will be managed by the City of Port Phillip.

Railway Place perspective

Community feedback

The Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct – Proposed Works document provides further detail as to what can be expected for what amounts to Fishermans Bend's first civic precinct. Interested individuals can engage in conversation on the Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct.

A survey is available for public scrutiny regarding the intended works which is available via the link above and will remain open for public feedback up until Friday 1 July 2016.

While Fishermans Bend's initial community precinct takes shape, planning applications for the precinct also continue to filter through, while the number of projects advancing to sales has also increased. To date Blue Earth Group's Gravity Tower remains the sole high-rise residential project under construction within Fishermans Bend.


Rohan Storey's picture

It's great that this stuff is being planned, but if course it should have been there from the beginning in 2013! Buying the land for these facilities well after the rezoning has made them so much more expensive. Good idea to have the park where it won't be overshadowed (much) by new towers.


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pdoff's picture

Education infrastructure - tick
Good public transport links - tick
Attention to the public realm - tick

This proposal sure knows how to smooth talk urban design enthusiasts. Hopefully this acts as a catalyst for development because it's time for the long list of proposals in the area to get moving.

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