The conversation

The Gateway to GMH project is part of a wider urban renewal plan for Fisherman’s Bend. Gateway to GMH will be the first step in Turner Street’s transformation into a key multi-modal movement corridor from the former GMH site through to the City and other innovation precincts.

The City of Melbourne released a draft plan for the area and sought feedback from the community from 13 September to 5 October 2021 about the proposal.

Gathering insights

The main communication about this project was via the Participate Melbourne website, where members of the public could find information about the project and complete an online survey to share their thoughts on the proposal.

Throughout the consultation, the Gateway to GMH project page on Participate Melbourne received:

What we heard

The total number of responses in this engagement was 77. This included 75 Participate Melbourne submissions, 1 email submission and 1 community workshop.

Key findings included:

  • That the majority of survey respondents (73 per cent) were overall supportive of the proposed Gateway to GMH design and concept. The expectation of increased safety and more active transport options were the main reasons given, with respondents indicating that current perceptions of safety are low when walking, cycling or driving along Turner Street.
  • Submissions from key stakeholders indicated support for the removal of the current on-road painted bike lanes on the north side of Turner Street to encourage use of the new enhanced cycling infrastructure to the south side and reduce potential conflicts between cyclists and vehicles.
  • Respondents most commonly wanted new public space introduced along Turner Street to be used for passive recreation, such as a space to rest, relax, eat lunch and enjoy being outdoors.

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In November 2021 the Future Melbourne Committee endorsed the final concept plan. Feedback gathered during community engagement in late 2021 informed the final plan.

Meredith Sussex – Chair of Fishermans Bend Development Board and Lord Mayor Sally Capp break ground to plant trees along Turner Street.

Gateway to GMH