Fishermans Bend

A water sensitive community

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 485 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. The redevelopment will consist of five precincts across two municipalities and connect Melbourne’s CBD to Port Phillip Bay.

It is expected that by 2050, Fishermans Bend will be home to approximately 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 80,000 people.

The Fishermans Bend vision is for “a thriving place that is a leading example for environmental sustainability, liveability, connectivity, diversity and innovation”. South East Water believes that water is pivotal to the design of this community and is proposing an integrated water system, which leverages the entire water cycle to achieve this vision.

Only by adopting an integrated water management approach can we reduce the reliance of this rapidly growing region on already stressed water and wastewater systems, while designing a built environment that supports liveability, productivity and sustainability.

Fishermans Bend is a showcase of Victoria’s innovation and leadership in water in the heart of the city. By investing in this project, South East Water will help to create a water sensitive community that secures Melbourne’s liveability and sets a new benchmark in sustainable urban design.

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South East Water’s plan for Fishermans Bend

South East Water will design, construct and operate a robust integrated water system to deliver a reliable recycled water supply. The system will utilise smart grid technology to maximise capture of rainwater for  reuse in buildings, while providing enhanced flood mitigation to the area.

A precinct scale treatment plant will mine the city’s sewage and treat it to class A recycled water standard at a significantly lower cost than smaller building-scale systems. Reticulated recycled water will be supplied through the precincts to create drought-resilient green spaces which enhance liveability.




Supporting the vision of all our stakeholders


By enabling a more sustainable, resilient community with more efficient use of assets, an integrated water system fulfils the vision of numerous government and planning agencies, building owners and developers including:

Victorian Government, City of Port Phillip, City of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, City West Water, Environment Protection Authority Victoria.



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Read the draft Fishermans Bend Framework which is now available for public consultation.