VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy and Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle this week unveiled the Docklands Community and Place Plan (DCPP), a plan for $300 million in community infrastructure projects in Docklands.
Mr Guy said the announcement was a good example of the strong, long-term partnerships between state, local government and the private sector that are required to make urban renewal projects a success.
"This plan showcases projects that Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne, together with developers, private and public sectors, are committed to delivering for Docklands," Mr Guy said.
Cr Doyle said the release of the DCPP is the culmination of more than 18 months of community consultation and reflects the needs of Docklands' evolving community.
"Coupled with the recent announcement that the City of Melbourne will be the responsible planning authority for developments less than 25,000 square metres in Docklands, this package demonstrates a transition from a development stage to one focused on the community," Cr Doyle said.
"We've listened to thousands of residents, workers, visitors and experts, to ensure future development in Docklands meets the needs of its people, now and into the future."
The plan details 38 proposed or existing projects, with the proposed projects including:
- A new cafe, edible garden and outdoor space to be located along Harbour Esplanade and known as the Glass House (anticipated this year);
- Maritime heritage trail and an Aboriginal heritage trail (both anticipated next year);
- The Jim Stynes Bridge that aims to better connect Docklands to the North Bank precinct (anticipated by 2014);
- Improvements to parks, pedestrian routes and way-finding signage;
- Water ferries to better connect Docklands with the central city (pilot program underway);
- A floating (barge) stage for events;
- A public viewing platform at Victoria Harbour Control Tower (anticipated by 2022); and
- Redevelopment of the Harbour Esplanade.
Other proposed projects include a community boating hub, oval and sporting facilities, recreational swimming pool, library and community centre and a place of worship.
More information regarding the Docklands Community and Place Plan (DCPP) is available from the Docklands website at <http://www.docklands.com/>.