THE Victorian Government last week said it is moving forward with its plans to fix Australia’s largest urban renewal project, Fishermans Bend, releasing the response to the independent Ministerial Advisory Committee’s first report.
In July 2015, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne appointed the independent committee, an 11 member team of experts and community representatives, to provide independent advice on how to overhaul the 455-hectare precinct to reflect community expectations and promote vibrant new neighbourhoods.
According to the Minister, the committee released a “scathing review of the previous Liberal government’s approach to rezoning land overnight without consultation, causing land costs to spike and lumping future governments with higher costs to provide sites for schools, parks and infrastructure.”
The report included 40 recommendations focusing on transport, future infrastructure, design controls, community engagement and sustainability.
Mr Wynne said 34 recommendations have been adopted in full, six in part, including the need for a new planning taskforce dedicated to drafting plans.
Staff from Places Victoria, the Metropolitan Planning Authority, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip are now working in the same office, drawing on the strengths and talent from each organisation.
More information is available from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at <http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/fishermans-bend>.