Docklands: City of Melbourne to Put Harbour Town Back on the Map

03/06/2017 2:31 am

City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Planning Minister Richard Wynne visited Harbour Town last week to announce a $150 million redevelopment to put Harbour Town back on the map.

An eight-screen Hoyts cinema will be built mid-2018 and Docklands’ first full-line Woolworths supermarket will arrive mid-2019.

The redevelopment will create two distinct precincts at Harbour Town ­– entertainment and food. Harbour Town will be rebranded with a new name.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the revamp plan could connect Docklands to the rest of the City of Melbourne.
“This is a very rapidly growing area of the city … Docklands is one of the economic powerhouses of our city and, with this development, what we will see is a coherent whole that is connected to the city as a whole,” he said.
“I also think going back to the start, we made some mistakes down here in Docklands. One of them was, and evidence is here in Harbour Town, was distancing ourselves from the water rather than embracing the water … thinking of a series of very large installations rather than an experience that people could come down and take part in. And that’s the difference in this plan,” he said.
“What we want is a vibrant part of Melbourne that people flock to, that they use regularly and enjoy and they take to their hearts as well.”
“That’s why I’m so delighted to be here and I think we will be seeing some exciting things in the most exciting city here in Harbour Town over the next months and years.”
Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the redevelopments would create social and economic boosts to Docklands.
“It lends the opportunity for a complete re-imagining of how this whole precinct is going to work over the next three to four years going forward,” he said.
“This is a fantastic investment. It’s an enormous vote of confidence in Melbourne and it speaks to what I think is going to be an amazing new precinct, not only for Melburnians, but also for people coming from interstate and overseas to this area.”