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Southbank Structure Plan 2010

The City of Melbourne has identified Southbank as an urban renewal area that will accommodate significantly more residents and employment growth over the new 30 years.

Southbank takes in land to the south of the Yarra River bounded by St Kilda Road to the east, Dorcas Street to the south, Kings Way to the south west and following the edge of the West Gate Freeway to the west. It incorporates the newly developed South Wharf precinct and Melbourne’s renowned arts precinct. By 2040 its residential population is expected to reach an estimated 74, 000, a significant increase on the existing 10,500.

The Southbank Structure Plan 2010 provides a vision and strategy for the future development of Southbank as an integral part of the central city, with the Yarra River at its centre. It seeks to ensure that growth is well planned and sustainable, helping Southbank become a more lively, accessible and livable neighbourhood.

The plan outlines a range of improvements for commercial, retail and community infrastructure,  the creation of a better street environment for walking and cycling and new and improved public open spaces.

The Southbank Structure Plan 2010 was endorsed by the Melbourne City Council’s Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday 14 September 2010.

The Plan is part of the City of Melbourne’s commitment to delivering the Southbank Plan (2007). It is also the realisation of a number of key strategic policies including the Future Melbourne Community Plan, and the Municipal Strategic Statement.

Implementation activity

The Council is implementing a number of the actions from the structure plan as controls in the Melbourne Planning Scheme through Planning Scheme Amendment C171.

For more information

Phone: (03) 9658 9658 between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays.

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Architect's model of proposed Southbank precinct

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