Fixing Matthew Guy’s Mess At Fishermans Bend

Fishermans Bend and surrounding communities will have access to the schools, jobs, public transport and open space they deserve, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with fixing the mess left by Matthew Guy and the former Liberal Government.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $5 million to complete the planning and begin the delivery of the services and infrastructure that turn Fishermans Bend into a world-class neighbourhood.

This includes public transport planning for a new connection between Fishermans Bend and the CBD.

The funding is on top of the $20 million already set aside for master planning and site preparatory works for The University of Melbourne to move to the former GM Holden site.

The University of Melbourne is moving its School of Engineering to Fishermans Bend – which will see more than 1,000 new engineering and IT students and academics collaborate with industry leaders.

When Matthew Guy was Minister for Planning, his overnight rezoning of swathes of inner city land meant a lucky few struck it rich as their property prices soared.

But Mr Guy ignored the need for parks, schools, healthcare services or community hubs – prompting an independent committee to label his rash decision “unprecedented in the developed world in the 21st century”.

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project, creating a home for 80,000 residents and 80,000 jobs. Getting the planning right is critical, so the Labor Government is fixing Mr Guy’s mess.

The draft Fishermans Bend Framework includes plans for four primary schools, a public secondary school and open space spanning three times the size of Docklands.

Victoria’s first vertical government school, South Melbourne Primary School, has already opened its doors to students.

The Government is also investing $3.8 million for planning for the future Fishermans Bend Secondary School, giving local families certainty that they’ll have a great local school, close to home.

Thanks to Mr Guy, a slew of development permit applications threatened to compromise the future of Fishermans Bend. The Labor Government has put an end to that by “calling in” all live applications until permanent planning controls are introduced.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“Inner city families deserve better than a concrete jungle of high rises – they want a neighbourhood they can be proud of. Matthew Guy ignored their needs, but we won’t.”

“We’re getting the planning right to build the schools, jobs, public transport and essential community services that Mr Guy’s botched rezoning ignored.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

“We’re turning Fishermans Bend into a world-class engineering, design and manufacturing hub –  fuelling job creation today and building the foundations for more growth for years to come.”

Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley

“We’re fixing Matthew Guy’s mess by making sure we invest in the public transport, schools, open spaces and community services that our growing local community needs.”

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