PLANS FOR NEW INNER-CITY SUBURB BY COUNCIL

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By: Lisa Lyons

The city of Port Phillip today unveiled plans for Montague, Melbourne’s newest inner suburb which will accommodate businesses that will create up to 14000 jobs and housing for up to 25,000 people.

The construction of 13,000 new dwellings will deliver around $2.6 billion dollars for economic activity, with also 1000 jobs per year for 10 years.

Fisherman’s Bend being an industrial area, Montague is currently a “brown-fields” industrial site. The new plan will see the area transformed into a mix of residential, commercial and business uses.

The Mayor, Cr Rachel Powning, comments that developing Montague is a ‘once in a generation opportunity’’ and that the City of Port Phillip is totally committed to making it happen.

With just over 50 hectares, Montague is one of the biggest urban renewal projects in inner Melbourne in the city’s history. It’s a suburb created to be strategically located between the CBD and other key locations, so that residents can work within walking distance of where they live.

This is a unique opportunity to create a high quality living and working environment, supported by a network of green open spaces, people with the friendly streets and with all the accessible community facilities.

“Montague offers a real point of difference from other renewal areas, such as Docklands or South bank”, said Cr Powers. “The City of Port Phillip’s plan for Montague is the culmination of nearly two years of intensive work that will deliver a rejuvenated precinct with a diverse and unique inner urban character.”

Montague, together with other areas that are identified in the City of Melbourne for growth, has the capacity to accommodate 178, 0000 new residents. This exceeds the projected demand for dwellings in Port Phillip and Melbourne for more than the next 20 years”, she said.

Montague will feature a Manhattan style high-line park, along with sustainable buildings and infrastructure and a facilities “hub” as a focal point for the local community. Enhanced public transport, walking and bike riding links will provide safe, easy connections across the development with the precinct’s existing industrial heritage.

According to the Mayor, Council is ready to work with the state government to deliver the plan for Montague.

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