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A look into Fishermans future

07 Sep 2017

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The City of Port Phillip’s Fishermans Bend Community Forum opened to the public for the first time last month.

Held at North Port Oval on August 17, City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss was joined by a number of council officers and community stakeholders to discuss a range of matters affecting the area.

The council’s open space and recreation manager Anthony Traill started things off with an update on the future Montague Park (pictured), with the site cleared last month.

Mr Traill told the forum that, while a number of contaminants, namely asbestos, had been found at the site since demolition, the remediation process was almost complete.

“At this stage we’ve essentially completed the detailed design process. We’ve got a concept,” he said. “To finalise the design we’re just working with some soil consultants and auditors to ensure we adequately manage the soil contamination.”

He said potential infrastructure, such as a playground and fitness equipment, would soon go to community consultation in preparation for the park’s opening mid-next year.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) also presented at the forum to reveal the current findings of groundwater studies that had been undertaken throughout the whole of Fishermans Bend.

With 80,000 residents and 60,000 workers projected in Fishermans Bend by 2050, the council’s waste futures director Jorja Pindor also gave an insight into the important work being undertaken to plan for future waste management.

The meeting was rounded off with a statutory planning update from council’s principal planner for Fishermans Bend Simon Gutteridge, who provided an overview of current and future development.

In the Montague precinct alone, there are 18 approved developments and 21 applications with the City of Phillip, as well as a number of others such as 400 City Rd (pictured) seeking ministerial approval.

For more information on matters discussed at the forum, the minutes are available at portphillip.vic.gov.au/fishermans-bend-keeping-community-informed.htm. You can also attend future forums by contacting the City of Port Phillip.

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