St Kilda Marina Project

'A special place on the foreshore for everyone that welcomes a diversity of sustainable uses anchored by a working marina.' St Kilda Marina Site Vision.


Since 1969, St Kilda Marina has occupied approximately 8Ha (80,000m2) of foreshore Crown Land at 42 A-E Marine Parade, Elwood.


Refer below for total project budget and breakdown


Why are we doing this?

The 50-year lease of the St Kilda Marina has come to an end with an interim arrangement currently in place until 2022 to enable project works to be undertaken.

The impact

St Kilda Marina is a significant asset in Council’s property portfolio. The lease expiry presented an opportunity for Council, the Victorian Government, community, marina users, the market and other key stakeholders to work together to reimagine the future of this site and unlock its full potential as a working marina and key destination for locals, Melburnians and national and international visitors. Council is aiming to improve social and cultural, economic, environmental and financial benefits that can be delivered by the St Kilda Marina site.


The Site Vision & Objectives were informed by a comprehensive community engagement programme. They guided the development and assessment of options for the site informed by a community panel process, which resulted in the St Kilda Marina Site Brief. This work helped determine the best model for competitively procuring a new long-term lease arrangement for St Kilda Marina.

About the project

Work to prepare for a new long-term lease for the St Kilda Marina has been underway since September 2016, when Council resolved to undertake a competitive selection process. This project is included in our Council Plan 2017-2027.

In February 2018, Council approved the Project Approach, which describes the key project stages, activities and deliverables, and associated timeline. As the project evolved and various requirements came to light, the Project Approach evolved. The updated Project Approach was approved in June 2019.

We are now moving into Stage 6 of the project with the procurement process completed and the adopted planning scheme Amendment C171port submitted to the Minister for Planning requesting approval. 

Latest news

For information about the new lease, its relationship to the Site Vison and Objectives, and the design features including concept images for the redevelopment, please refer to the St Kilda Marina Project update - New Long Term Lease.

The Mayor shares a video update about the proposed future for the St Kilda Marina below.

Latest procurement news

The competitive procurement process commencing in June 2019 concluded on Wednesday 15 July 2020 when Council resolved to appoint a tenant for the St Kilda Marina, subject to Council complying with its obligations under sections 190 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (LGA) and resolving to grant the lease and obtaining State Government approval via the Governor in Council.
Australian Marina Development Corporation Pty Ltd (AMDC) has been selected as the preferred tenant for the long-term lease of the St Kilda Marina.

The key terms for the new lease are provided below under the New Lease Snapshot.

Sections 190 and 223 of the LGA – Notice of Proposed Lease and Submissions Process​

The Section 190 process is a standard leasing notification process undertaken by Council as a requirement under the Local Government Act 1989. The process is not technically required here as the lease will be approved under the St Kilda Land Act 1965. However, Council has elected to undertake this notification process for consistency and maximum transparency.

The public notice period officially commenced with an advertisement in The Age on Saturday 18 July 2020. During the submissions period, the local community and other interested parties will have an opportunity to make a written submission on the key terms of the proposed lease.

A verbal submission can also be made at the Council meeting on 2 September 2020, when Council considers the submissions received. ​

Council will consider any feedback received prior to making their final decision on the lease in a second public Council meeting on 16 September 2020.

Make a submission on the proposed terms of the new lease

Anyone wishing to make a submission must do so in writing by 15 August 2020. All submissions will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Act.

Submissions should be addressed to Michelle Rysanek and can either be submitted via email to or in writing to:

Port Phillip City Council
Private Bag 3
PO St Kilda, Victoria 3182

Online Q&A session

A recording of the online public question and answer session held on Thursday 30 July 2020 is available here. Answers to questions not answered on the night can be found here.

Next steps

If, at the Council Meeting on 16 September 2020, Council decide to enter into a lease with the recommended party (AMDC), the next step will be a recommendation to the Minster for consideration and then Governor in Council approval for the execution of the lease.

Lease snapshot

Latest Planning Scheme Amendment news

At its meeting on 17 June 2020, Council resolved to adopt Amendment C171port with changes pursuant to section 29 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. You can view the:

Council adopted Panel’s recommendations and recommend modifying the Amendment documentation to reflect the changes proposed by the Panel, with the exception of the recommendation to include a requirement for a Community Engagement Report as part of the Development Plan in DPO2.

Instead, Council resolved to undertake non-statutory consultation on the Development Plan, once an application is received, prior to Council making any planning decision on the Development Plan. The Council Report (and attachments) from 17 June 2020 provides the rationale for Council’s adopted position.

The adopted Amendment C171port has been submitted to the Minister for Planning requesting approval.

Developing a vision for the redevelopment of the St Kilda Marina

The 50-year lease for St Kilda Marina expired on 30 April 2019, presenting an exciting opportunity to reimagine the future of this site and unlock its full potential as a working marina and key destination for locals, Melburnians and national and international visitors.
​To ensure the full potential of the site is realised as part of a new lease arrangement, Council committed to a multi-stage community engagement program, working closely with the community at key stages of the project to understand and consider the community’s values and aspirations for the local area and specifically for the site.​

Key themes that emerged from engagement with the community included:

  • less fencing
  • be more welcoming to everyone
  • reduce conflict between pedestrians, bike riders and cars
  • protection of key views
  • more and higher quality public open space
  • protect and enhance local flora and fauna
  • provide year-round activation opportunities
  • a comparable number and type of commercial operators.

A 23-member Community Panel was established in 2018 to bring a focussed community voice with broad perspectives to the development of solutions for the future of the marina site. Community panel members worked with Council officers and technical advisors to develop a set of design criteria for the site to inform a site brief, the St Kilda Marina Site Brief.

The criteria established the parameters for the future state of the Marina as the best means to achieve the site vision and objectives.

The St Kilda Marina design criteria provide a framework for the future redevelopment of the St Kilda Marina site. They include guidance on the site’s future form and function, the height, scale, location and massing of the new buildings and requirements for the location and quality of publicly accessible open space and connections. ​Each of the design criteria has a role in delivering the place identity, social and cultural, economic, environmental and financial objectives for the site.

The Site Brief sets out the key information required for everyone to have a shared understanding of current conditions and desired outcomes at the St Kilda Marina, including Council, the community, marina and wider precinct users, and potential lease holders. The St Kilda Marina Project Site Brief (PDF 5 MB) was endorsed by Council on 15 May 2019.

The Site Brief includes information on:

  • the site vision and objectives informed by the community
  • the Marina's future uses
  • guidance on issues such as height, scale and location of new buildings
  • the location and quality of publicly accessible open space
  • connections and movement to and within the site views
  • marina function
  • commercial space.

Procurement overview

The procurement process for a new long-term lease was approved by Council on 5 June 2019 and had two stages - a publicly advertised invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI), released on 8 June, 2019, and a Request for Proposal (RFP) approved by Council for release to a shortlist of tenderers on 18 September 2019. ​

Following the close of the RFP period on 19 December 2019, a two-stage process for the evaluation of proposals was conducted in accordance with an approved evaluation plan by an evaluation panel comprising of members with varied but specific expertise and supported by specialist consultants. Proposals were comprehensively assessed against a set of evaluation criteria designed to achieve the Site Vision and Objectives and the design parameters identified in the Site Brief.

The purpose of Stage 1 of the evaluation process was to evaluate and recommend proposals to Council to proceed to Stage 2, the negotiation phase, and outline the broad framework and key points for refinement of the proposal/s. In this stage, Councillors had an opportunity to provide feedback on the design proposals.​

The Evaluation Panel Report recommending proposal/s progress from Stage 1 Evaluation to Stage 2 Evaluation – Negotiation was endorsed by Council on 18 March 2020. This report also detailed the proposed negotiation strategy, which responded to Councillors' feedback on the design presentations. ​
The purpose of Stage 2 Evaluation was to undertake a negotiation process. The negotiation stage provided the opportunity for Council to refine the proposal/s to better suit Council’s and the community’s requirements as reflected in the Site Vision and Objectives and the evaluation criteria.​
Following initial negotiations and proposal refinement, Councillors were presented with an opportunity to review the refined design and provide feedback. A detailed assessment was undertaken by the evaluation panel of the final refined proposal and an evaluation panel report detailing the process, assessment against the selection criteria and a recommendation was provided to Council for decision. ​

Stage 2 of the RFP evaluation was completed on Wednesday 15 July when Council resolved to appoint a preferred tenant (AMDC) for the St Kilda Marina, subject to Council completing the process under Sections 190 and 223 of the LGA, resolving to grant the lease and obtaining Governor in Council approval.

You can find more information about the procurement process, including the Council-approved Procurement Plan, and the evaluation criteria approach, please see below. 

Planning Scheme Amendment overview

On 24 July 2019, Council resolved to commence a planning scheme amendment process to change the planning controls for the St Kilda Marina site. The proposed Amendment C171port to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme is required because the existing planning controls would not effectively reflect the type of public and private use envisaged for the site, as specified in the Site Brief.

Community and stakeholder engagement

We are committed to offering genuine opportunities for community and stakeholder feedback to shape the outcome for the future of the St Kilda Marina site.

As detailed in the Stage Three Community Engagement Report (PDF KB), Council worked with a Community Panel to develop parameters (design criteria) for inclusion in the Site Brief. Guided by the Site Vision and Objectives, the Panel worked hard to accommodate a number of economic, social, financial and environmental benefits.

Council also invited feedback from the broader community via our Have Your Say page to test the ideas being explored by the Panel. We have shared the Community Panel's journey on our Have Your Say page and will continue to post engagement opportunities there.

You can also request project updates by emailing

In Stage Two of the project, Council invited feedback on the draft Site Vision and Objectives for the St Kilda Marina site in May 2018. This consultation with the community informed the final Site Vision and Objectives, which were endorsed by Council on 4 July 2018.

The project Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan (PDF 189 KB) clearly outlines the objectives and scope of engagement for the project.

Interim lease

In April 2019, Council resolved to enter into a three-year interim lease arrangement with Australian Marinas (A'Asia) Pty Ltd, to cover the gap between the expiry of the former lease and the start of a new long-term lease arrangement.

The interim lease has been approved by the Victorian Government (through the Governor in Council process) on 30 July 2019 is now in place until 2022 to cover the gap between the expiry of the original lease and the start of a new long-term lease arrangement. This will enable continuity at the Marina while Council works to deliver the future vision for the site through a new long-term lease arrangement.

For more information about the interim lease, see the following documents:

Total project budget and breakdown

 2017/182018/20192019/2020 (estimate)2020/2021
  • Consultant costs (site investigations and surveys, contaminated soil, commercial property advice, urban design, ESD and coastal resilience, heritage, market research, probity, design review panel)
  • Legal costs (Lease development and legislation advice)
  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement costs.

About St Kilda Marina

St Kilda Marina is located on Crown Land, for which Council is Committee of Management. Australian Marinas (A'Asia) has a 50 year lease for the site which expired on 30 April 2019.

St Kilda Marina was constructed by the current lessee under the St Kilda Land Act 1965 on a man-made harbour developed from reclaimed land. It opened in 1969 and was Australia's first large scale marina.

The marina includes a range of wet and dry berths, recreation activities including Sky Dive Melbourne and hospitality venues including Riva St Kilda, The Great Provider and Rollo’s Kiosk.

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