Development Victoria

Urban fringe sports ship into Docklands

11 Jun 2018

Plans for an urban recreation space on the Bolte Precinct West site in Docklands are on the radar, with Development Victoria calling for an Expression of Interest (EOI) to bring back to life a former 1950s shipping shed along the Yarra River.

Development Victoria is keen to hear from operators to activate, occupy and manage Shed 21 for minor sport and recreation uses, which includes the potential for urban fringe sport, community programs and events.

Development Victoria’s General Manager Precincts, Mr Simon Wilson, says Shed 21 is earmarked for sport, recreation and community use for initially up to five years, and has been refurbished to allow for activation.

“The community told us that it overwhelmingly supported activating the area with alternate outdoor activities, urban fringe sports and other events,” he said.

“Following this feedback, a master plan was developed which identified a short-fall in inner Melbourne for urban fringe sport and activities.

“Within inner Melbourne, this is a site like no other.  It has great views and is big enough to potentially host events, festivals and community events.

“Creating a pilot outdoor space for the community to enjoy is a great use of Shed 21 while the long-term future of the site is finalised.”

Located between the Yarra’s Edge precinct and the Bolte Bridge just off on Lorimer Street in Docklands, Shed 21 boasts industrial character and charm, a river frontage and port, city and water views, along with easy access from within Docklands.

The EOI process is currently open until Wednesday 20 June 2018. For more information, including the EOI package, please visit