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

Member 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
Hearing Room 1, Planning Panels Victoria
Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street 

Directions Hearing

A Directions Hearing was held at:

10.00am on Wednesday 20 December 2017
Hearing Room 1, Planning Panels Victoria
Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street 

Panel's Directions letter. (PDF, 220.7 KB)

Public Hearing

Request to be Heard

If you made a submission and wish to be heard at the Public Hearing, please click the link below to complete a Request to be Heard form. All forms must be submitted by 3pm Friday, 19 January 2017.

Submit Request

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: Weeks of 19 and 26 February, and 5 March (an possibly 12 March) 2018
  • Stage 2: Weeks of 9, 16, 23 and 30 April 2018

A Hearing Timetable will be published the week of 29 January 2018, and a draft timetable for Stage 2 will be issued the week of 5 February 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

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: