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Port Phillip Council has long advocated
the early delivery of community
facilities and infrastructure as the
best way of attracting families, and of
delivering infrastructure in the most
cost-effective way. 'Our plan is about
ensuring Fishermans Bend lives up to its
potential as a vibrant, world-class place
to live, work and visit,' says Stevens.
St Kilda Triangle's potential
One of St Kilda's biggest opportunities
-- the redevelopment of the St Kilda
Triangle – is moving forward. Signifcant
planning work has been done on the site
since 1999, but the community rejected
the last plan to develop the triangular
site in 2008, amid concerns of over-
development. The new council, elected
that year, negotiated a settlement with
the developer in 2009 and abandoned
that particular plan.
Adjacent to St Kilda Beach, the Triangle
is strategically important. A new vision
for a site that combines arts-related
developments, open spaces, parking
and a unique look and feel could boost
visitor numbers and confrm St Kilda’s
international tourism reputation.
'The St Kilda Triangle is shaping up as
an exciting opportunity for investors to
join the activity and energy sweeping
St Kilda,' says Stevens.
It would coincide with the upgrade of
the Triangle's 'anchor ' building, the
Palais Theatre. Although it is one of
Melbourne's most famous entertainment
venues, the Palais has suffered from
long-term maintenance issues and is in
need of repair.
Port Phillip Council has dealt with
each issue separately, and has signed
a memorandum of understanding
with the state government to fix the
building. The repairs are expected to
cost $25 million. 'The maintenance and
compliance works upgrade will secure
the Palais' future as a huge drawcard
for years to come,' says Stevens.
The council has led extensive
community consultation on the Triangle,
and co-design workshops have allowed
residents to indicate an acceptable level
Initial market soundings have been
undertaken, and a concept design
is being prepared to give investors
clarity about the agreed landscape,
built-form envelopes, uses and a
staging plan. Port Phillip Council
is preparing a business case for the
Triangle, to be made available to
government and private investors
towards the end of 2015.
Council's grand vision for St Kilda
Port Phillip wants to build a stronger
brand for St Kilda in domestic and
international tourism. 'We are making
a strong case to the state government
about St Kilda's tourism potential,' says
Stevens. 'We are determined to ensure
the area is no longer taken for granted
in tourism, and to help our retailers and
An upgrade to the Route 96 tramline
-- St Kilda's key public transportation
route -- could create public spaces in
Acland Street for arts and music, attract
visitors, ease congestion and boost
retailing. 'We are working with traders
to ensure the tram stop upgrade in
Acland Street -- which is designed to
make the stop fully accessible -- helps
rather than hinders them,' says Stevens.
'The long-term potential is thousands
of extra people spending more time in
Acland and Fitzroy Streets.'
Stevens wants St Kilda to build on the
success of its music and flm festivals, as
well as its sporting competitions, such
as triathlons. 'We want more spaces for
the creative arts, to further celebrate the
live music industry and attractions that
build on St Kilda's strengths and retain
South Melbourne's success reinforces
the possibilities. 'It is going from
strength to strength and enjoying a huge
increase in foot traffc as more people
visit the South Melbourne Market and
its retailing precinct.'
Another Port Phillip suburb, Albert
Park, shows how a vibrant trading
hub that draws on an area's unique
characteristics adds to the community.
Further south on the bay, Elwood
illustrates how high-density beachside
living can produce strong community
outcomes and satisfaction levels, when
well planned by council.
'There has never been as much new
investment underway, or proposed, in
Port Phillip,' says Stevens. 'We want
that to attract industry and create
opportunity for traders and residents.
But we must balance the need for
new development with community
expectations, and lead the way in local
government community engagement
To learn more about the City of Port
Phillip, visit www.portphillip.vic.gov.au.
Community members discuss ideas for the St Kilda Triangle.
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