Best Practice Sustainability Solutions for Fishermans Bend – City of Port Phillip and City of Melbourne

Fishermans Bend, Melbourne

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal precinct and is projected to be home to 80,000 residents and 60,000 jobs by 2050. The precinct vision is for diverse, dense and connected renewal, delivered to meet international benchmarks for sustainable urban development.

HIP V. HYPE Sustainability was engaged by City of Port Phillip in collaboration with City of Melbourne, to research and analyse leading examples of sustainable urban renewal from around the world to inform the next stages of planning for Fishermans Bend.


City of Port Phillip and City of Melbourne established a comprehensive set of principles for environmental sustainability within Fishermans Bend:

_Low carbon city
_Connected and liveable city
_Climate adept city
_Low waste city
_Water sensitive city
_Biodiverse city

Plummer Street Spine, Fishermans Bend PHOTOGRAPH by Aspect Studios


Informed by the site’s context, previous work, stakeholder consultation and analysis of local and international examples of sustainable urban renewal, we developed Five Key Actions to deliver on the sustainability principles adopted for Fishermans Bend.

Global urban development trends were identified, including:

_Mandated building energy, water and waste efficiency performance standards
_Precinct-scale approaches to organic waste management
_Biodiversity and green infrastructure targets and outcomes
_Programs focused on retrofitting for immediate impact
_Innovative forms of public and private sector funding used to deliver critical infrastructure
_Local integrated renewable energy systems
_Cycling and walking as genuinely functional modes of transport - car is not king


The outputs of The Five Key Actions Report will guide subsequent studies and ultimately inform the adoption of detailed plans, policies and strategies for sustainability within Fishermans Bend.

Key recommendations:

1. Establish long-term collaborative governance.
2. Create evidence based sustainability objectives and targets, and monitor actual performance.
3. Deliver catalyst projects and infrastructure.
4. Implement controls and incentives that provide certainty at the precinct, neighbourhood and building scale.
5. Recognise the evolutionary nature of renewal and make the most of short, medium and long-term opportunities.

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