The MID partnership has selected City North as the first of its innovation districts because of its long and successful history of innovation, and the concentration of knowledge institutions and investment in the area.
The area is home to 21 per cent (60,260) of all knowledge sector jobs in Melbourne, and is currently being transformed by a number of infrastructure and property redevelopment initiatives. During this period of change, there is an opportunity to strengthen partnerships and share investment to benefit the knowledge sector and the community.
Five work streams to achieve the MID vision:
Enabling better analysis, insight and collaboration through accessible state-of-the-art and experimental technology.
Providing targeted support for startups and new enterprises to establish, grow, and make connections with other parts of the innovation ecosystem.
Purposefully designing institutions and district 'sub-culture' to foster dynamics of collaboration, learning and creativity.
Rethinking the way spaces can enable innovation activities such as testing, showcasing and engagement.
Developing, collaborating and researching in new ways and combinations to better meet social needs.
Draft Urban Realm Action Plan
Following City North being selected as the first innovation district in 2016, the draft Urban Realm Action Plan was developed in 2018.
The plan outlined a five-year vision for enhancing and connecting the public spaces of MID City North. It addressed ways to use these spaces to foster innovation, research, experimentation and engagement to better:
- enhance mobility and connectivity
- undertake innovation in infrastructure and environmental management
- set up test and engagement sites
- establish innovation streets and spaces
- set up innovation hubs
- review planning controls.
Read the draft plan
The draft Urban Realm Action Plan was released for community consultation in November 2018.
Following further analysis and research, the Melbourne Innovation Districts City North Opportunities Plan was developed, which was endorsed at Future Melbourne Committee on 12 November 2019.