Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project, covering approximately 480 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. It will consist of five precincts across two municipalities – the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip.

Draft planning scheme amendment GC81 seeks to introduce planning scheme controls in the Melbourne and Port Phillip planning schemes to support the implementation of the draft Fishermans Bend Framework.

The Minister for Planning has appointed the Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel to report on the appropriateness of draft Planning Scheme Amendment GC81.

Terms of reference

The Minister for Planning signed Terms of Reference (DOCX, 57.0 KB) for the Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel on 22 October 2017.

Planning Review Panel members

The Minister has appointed the following members to the Review Panel:

  • Kathy Mitchell (Chair)
  • Lester Townsend (Deputy Chair)
  • Sarah Carlisle
  • Rodger Eade
  • Peter Edwards

Get to know the committee members by reading their biographies (DOC, 53.5 KB).


Submissions period

Submissions in response to the draft Amendment GC81 were collected between 31 October and 15 December 2017. The submissions period has now closed.  

View submissions

Public briefing sessions about the draft planning scheme amendment and Planning Review Panel process were held:

10.00am, Friday 10 and Friday 24 November 2017 at  Planning Panels Victoria

These briefing sessions will be replicated at:

10.00am, Tuesday 13 February 2018
Hearing Room 1, Planning Panels Victoria
Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street

Directions Hearing

A Directions Hearing was held on Wednesday 20 December 2017 at Planning Panels Victoria

A second Directions Hearing was held on Friday 2 February 2018 at Planning Panels Victoria

Public Hearing

A Public Hearing will be held to provide the opportunity to parties that have lodged a submission to make a more detailed submission to the review panel.

The Hearings will be held in two stages:

  • Stage 1: 1 March - 28 March 2018
  • Stage 2: 9 April - 24 May 2018

Review Panel Report

In accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Review Panel is required to submit its report to the Minister for Planning no later than 40 business days from the last day of the Public Hearings.

Once the report is released to the public it will be published on this web page.


Details of the final decision made by the Minister for Planning will be made available here.

More information

If you have any questions or need further information, get in touch via the contact details below.

  • For information about draft Amendment GC81 and the Fishermans Bend Framework Plan, please contact:
    The Fishermans Bend Taskforce
    ☎ Phone: (03) 9948 2857
    ✉ Email:
  • For information about the Planning Review Panel and Public Hearing process, please contact:
    Planning Panels Victoria
    ☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5123
    ✉ Email:

Page last updated: 02/03/18