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The Port and Inner West precinct is currently the freight and logistics heart of Melbourne. Traditionally seen as the physical and psychological barrier to the west, redevelopment of the precinct as an extension of the CBD will finally bridge the social and economic divide between east and west that has persisted in the city for over a century.
Located between Melbourne’s CBD and Footscray Central Activities Area, the precinct is of strategic significance to the State as a gateway to international goods trade for Australia, and as a potential urban activity corridor capable of accommodating expansion of Melbourne’s knowledge economy.
The precinct is also at the nexus of several multi-billion dollar road, rail, port and urban projects. The objectives of the Conceptual Framework are to:
Advisian was engaged by both the Victorian Department of Transport and Department of Planning & Community Development to assist with the design and facilitation of an integrated planning process to assist with major land use change for the Port and Inner West precinct between Melbourne’s CBD and Footscray CAD.
The assignment involved establishing an appropriate framework for the initiative and coordinating production of a strategic guidance document to steer future thinking and decision-making for the precinct where some of stakeholder objectives were not fully compatible. Our service encompassed the following key activities:
Advisian provided a clear functional mix for the precinct which gave better certainty to proponents whose projects occur within the precinct and further enhanced the level of collaboration between government agencies and departments.
The framework provided a way to move forward on the precinct in which specific stakeholder objectives were not always compatible with each other.
Infrastructure Australia was impressed with the process as it provided a helpful context for a number of projects in which they have a major interest.