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”. We believe that water is pivotal to the design of this community and we're 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.

South East Water’s plan for Fishermans Bend

We 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 the capture of rainwater for reuse in buildings, while providing enhanced flood mitigation to the area.

In the future, 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.

A Green Star Communities rating

An integrated water system will help enable Fishermans Bend to attain a Green Star Communities rating, which benchmarks community development projects against a framework of sustainability principles.

It will help achieve credits for planning, design and delivery in the following areas:

  • Sustainability awareness
  • Adaption and resiliance
  • Ecological enhancement
  • Heat island effect
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Potable water consumption
  • Stormwater
  • Waste management
  • Innovation

Expressions of Interest for land in Fishermans Bend 

We’re working with DARMS Property to seek expressions of interest for land in Fishermans Bend to be developed as an above ground water recycling plant.

We’re seeking land for a site with an area of 1.5- 3 Hectares in Port Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct, bounded by the Yarra River – Graham Street, Williamstown Road and Westgate Freeway.

This infrastructure is an important piece in Fishermans Bend’s journey to becoming a sustainable, thriving community, supported by integrated water management initiatives.

We’re encouraging land owners in this precinct to get in touch to establish if their landholdings are a match for this critical urban infrastructure requirement.

For a confidential discussion and a copy of the Expression of Interest documentation, contact John Darmody at DARMS on 0412 204 222 or john@darms.com.au

More information

Read the Fishermans Bend Framework for more information.

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