Development Victoria

Building a community

Development Victoria is building the foundations for the Docklands community through projects identified in the Docklands Community and Place Plan - July 2012 (PDF, 8.58MB). 

The Docklands Community and Place Plan was the result of an extensive community engagement program designed to:
  • Identify opportunities to enhance existing and proposed developments in Docklands.
  • Explore and provide input on how to create a vibrant sense of place and an engaged community over the second and final decade.

To view a summary of the community infrastructure projects to be delivered, including funding partners and anticipated delivery periods, view the Docklands Community and Place Plan - A Guide (PDF, 3.95MB).

Key community projects include:
  • The Docklands Community Forum is held every two months and is facilitated by the City of Melbourne.  Its purpose is to facilitate community input into the Docklands Community and Place Plan;
  • The Library at the Dock is a community hub bringing people together to create, explore, connect, learn and participate.  The Library at The Dock was delivered through a unique tri-partnership model between Development Victoria, Lend Lease and the City of Melbourne. The library is managed by the City of Melbourne. For more information and to enquire about booking community spaces, visit the library website;
  • The $15 million Buluk Park is directly adjacent to the Library at The Dock at the corner of Collins and Bourke streets. It is providing an additional 3500m2 of public open space in Docklands and includes an inner-urban outdoor children’s playground, a café pavilion and Sally Smart artwork;
  • Ron Barassi Snr Park, which was opened in October, 2015. The park includes grassed area to accommodate a range of recreational activities, a community pavilion, a children's playground, car park.  Stage two of the project includes the construction of multi-purpose courts.  Ron Barassi Snr Park is a collaborative project - funded by the Victoria Government, constructed by Development Victoria and owned and operated by the City of Melbourne;
  • Harbour Esplanade is Docklands’ main promenade and features walking and cycling paths, public art, BBQ and recreation facilities and cafes and restaurants. For more information, download the Harbour Esplanade Master Plan Overview and the Harbour Esplanade Master Plan (this file is 19MB and has also been divided into three documents for easier downloading: part 1, part 2 and part 3);
  • Central Pier.  Development Victoria is the custodian of the historic Central Pier, which forms the centrepiece of Docklands with Harbour Esplanade.  Central Pier features function spaces, offices and restaurants, with a long-term vision for it to become most significant water site in Victoria. 
  • The Community Hub at the Dock is a $8.5 million facility which is home to the Docklands Yacht Club, the Victorian Dragon Boat Association and the Melbourne Outrigger Canoe Club. A family services centre is also located in the building.  The Community Hub at the Dock is another example of a tri-partnership between Development Victoria, Lendlease and the City of Melbourne. 
  • Open space projects such as Docklands Park, Victoria Green, Point Park, and Buluk Park offer visitors, residents and workers access to walking paths, recreational facilities, multi-purpose courts, a community garden, public art and children’s playgrounds.
  • Public art projects that have contributed a sense of identity for Docklands.  There are more than 45 artworks situated in the pars and promenades and built into the architecture and landscape. Artworks have been inspired by the themes of history and future, land and sea, humanity and technology.

Development Victoria is working with the City of Melbourne to deliver a range of other infrastructure and community projects in Docklands.

Completed projects include:
  • Docklands Sport Courts which are operated by Active Melbourne City Sports and are available for public use and regular bookings for basketball, netball futsal and other sports.  The sports courts are located next to the Hub between Waterview Walk and Harbour Esplanade.
  • Docklands Community Garden supports the development of healthy and connected communities.  It features lemon and lime trees, a communal BBQ, a rosemary grove, vegetable patches and other herbs and edibles.  The Docklands Community Garden is located in Geographe Street. For more information, contact the City of Melbourne.
  • The Jim Stynes Bridge has improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists between the North bank waterfront, Docklands and Melbourne’s CBD.  It runs underneath the Charles Grimes Bridge.
  • The upgrade of Village Street.
  • The upgrade of the park space on the corner of Harbour Esplanade and Collins Street I Docklands to include new outdoor exercise stations, landscaping, footpaths and viewing areas next to the sports courts.