• Public spaces, sports and recreation

A bright future for Fishermans Bend

Published 1 July 2023
In 2024, we will continue to prioritise the future of Fishermans Bend!

Quick Summary

  • Fishermans Bend is an opportunity for our City and State but risks being underfunded and undersupported! 
  • The Fishermans Bend Framework released in 2018 guides the delivery of significant open space, transport and infrastructure for the community, agreed through a collaboration between Council, the State Government, the Community and developers over many years. 
  • In this Framework, the Australia Post site on Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne was determined as open space. 
  • In 2023, after a series of meetings with the State Government on the future use of the site, the City of Port Phillip bid to purchase this land. Council was concerned that discussions had begun about the land being developed for different purposes. 
  • In December 2023, Council was successful in purchasing the land, delivering critically needed open space and providing a site that has the potential for a sport and recreation precinct for our residents, now and into the future. 
  • In 2024, Council will continue to prioritise Fishermans Bend and see that the Framework is honoured. The release of the Developer Contribution Plan will further guide the funding and support needed for the precinct.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mayor Heather Cunsolo announcing council support to purchase the Australia Post site for open space. We are requesting State Government support in order for us to make this happen.

Port Melbourne Town Hall displaying the Borough colours ahead of the 2023 VFLW Grand Final.

Speech from our Mayor (30 July 2023)

It’s great to join you today to cheer on the mighty Borough as the Port women play in their first ever VFLW Grand Final, with an electric home ground atmosphere!

The City of Port Phillip is home to more than 120 different sporting clubs and this number continues to grow as we welcome the ongoing growth of women and girls participating in local sports.

We are proud of our continued investment into North Port Oval and the surrounding precinct to ensure this ground remains a premier sporting venue and the first choice for big events like today’s Grand Final, but with all this success, we are at capacity – this club and this venue is bursting at the seams.

Council recognises to support that growth we need more open space.

Open Space ensures communities are liveable for residents. Properly planned open space can offer economic benefits for traders, social benefits for dog walkers and families, health and wellbeing benefits for sports players and runners and environmental benefits for our municipality and our State. As you can tell, I’m passionate about open space.

And just across that boundary, we have an incredible opportunity in the Australia Post site.

That is why I am pleased to announce today that Council will make a significant financial contribution to purchase the Australia Post site to use for new open space.

However, importantly, we cannot do this alone – we need the State Government to join us to purchase this site.

The State Government’s own framework earmarked the Australia Post site for open space to be delivered between 2020 – 2025, which means now!

Please reach out to your local member of parliament - remind them of the importance of open space and what it means for your children, your friends, our local community.

Together we can make this work. We can deliver a great sporting ground that we can be proud of for years to come. This can be our contribution, our legacy for the decades ahead.

But now, back to the other priority at hand today… I wish to congratulate Port Melbourne on a fantastic VFLW campaign. I know the team will do us proud today and let’s hope they can bring home the silverware. Go Borough!