Docklands revitalisation

The Victorian Government and AFL have a joint-venture agreement to explore redevelopment in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.

Docklands is one of Australia’s largest urban renewal projects, reconnecting central Melbourne with its historic waterfront.

The proximity of Docklands to the city provides an exciting opportunity to reimage Melbourne as a waterfront city, celebrating Melbourne’s maritime history while respecting the continued connection to country of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people.

Docklands comprises a number of precincts, each with a diverse variety of residential, commercial, retail and leisure spaces and developed under the guidance of Development Victoria.

When Development Victoria was first handed responsibility for Docklands in the 1990s, the land was regarded as derelict.
Today, the precinct continues to emerge as an innovative and dynamic community. With around two thirds complete, Docklands is a mix of homes, corporate headquarters, hotels, entertainment venues and cleverly designed parks.
The development of Docklands continues to evolve with future plans including the revitalisation of the waterfront.

Fronting the water at Harbour Esplanade, the sites may be repurposed for housing, commercial or entertainment. Development Victoria acquired the 160 Harbour Esplanade site in 2018, which sits adjacent to AFL House at 140 Harbour Esplanade, and now, along with the AFL, it’s hoped to create a vibrant, mixed-use development that will invigorate the Docklands waterfront, while activating the Marvel Stadium complex.

Acting Minister for Development Victoria Natalie Hutchins believes the joint venture is a result for Victorians and future tourists.

“The joint venture will unlock a major new opportunity in Docklands to deliver housing, commercial and entertainment developments that transform Docklands’ waterfront and enhance Marvel Stadium as a sports and entertainment precinct,” she said.

A Planning Scheme Amendment application to change the Melbourne Planning Scheme to include potential building outlines and design requirements for future buildings on the sites has been lodged for consideration by the Minister for Planning.

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