Melbourne docks for urban renewal

Community infrastructure projects will proceed in Melbourne’s Docklands following the city council’s partnerships with other tiers of government and the private sector.

The City of Melbourne’s plan for urban renewal is for $300 million in community infrastructure projects in Docklands.

As part of the Docklands Community and Place Plan (DCPP), the council will be working on a community boating hub, oval and sporting facilities, exhibition and performance spaces and other cultural facilities.

Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy said this is an example of the “strong, long-term partnerships” between state, local government and the private sector that are required to make urban renewal projects happen.

“Although only 50 per cent has been developed to date, Docklands is already an economic hub, having attracted more than $8.5 billion of private investment,” Mr Guy said.

He said Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne with developers in the private and public sector are committed to delivering for the Docklands.

“Docklands continues to make a significant contribution to the Victorian economy,” he said.

Mr Guy said last year alone saw more than $2.4 billion worth of commercial and residential development under construction across 16 projects.

Mayor Robert Doyle said the release of DCPP is the culmination of more than 18 months of community consultation and reflects the needs of Docklands’ evolving community.

“The City of Melbourne will be the responsible planning authority for developments less than 25000 square metres in Docklands, this package demonstrates a transition from a development stage to one focused on the community,” Mr Doyle said.

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