Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend continue to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new forms of housing take their place. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Friday, November 22, 2019

286 Rouse St, Port Melbourne

November 2019

The development is complete and occupied. The plaque commemorating that this site was the first to be connected to the new Melbourne sewerage system in 1897 has been seamlessly re-instated into the footpath.

to the corner - Princes and Rouse Sts, Port Melbourne

plaque in the Princes St footpath 

11 September 2018

The scaffolding is removed to reveal ...

January 2018

Status report

14 01 2018
May 2017

On 27 April, a new builder was appointed to complete the development after a long hiatus. Excavation by the previous builders apparently damaged neighbouring houses and building work halted. 

12 January 2016

It doesn't take long. Graffiti despoils Sable Bleu. The information booth has disappeared - perhaps it was not approved?

Marketing - January 2016

27 November 2015

By the end of the week, the display suite for Sable Bleu is in place. There are 14 apartments in this 4 level development, advertised as residences.
Architects: Selwyn Blackstone

24 November 2015

Trees gone. Site almost clear.

14 November 2015

The houses on the corner of Rouse and Princes St are being demolished.

in the summer - November 2015

May 2015

In the autumn - May 2015

The All England Eleven Hotel was formerly on this site. Refer to the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society website for more information. 

It was also the first site to be sewered in all of Melbourne.

During the sale period, people expressed their views about the development potential of the site.


The planning application is advertised

Saturday, November 9, 2019

101 Salmon St, Port Melbourne

23 October 2019

The application for 101 Salmon St returned to the Council for their views on an amendment to the approved scheme.


On 21 May 2015, the Minister for Planning approved a permit for a twelve level (including a four-level podium) mixed use building, including ground level retail, first floor level offices, car parking and 157 dwellings.

At the time of approval, the land was in a ‘Discretionary preferred height area’ (i.e. no height limit) per the Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan July 2014.

The land is vacant. The  development has not started.  The permit has been extended twice.

The Council had reservations about the amended application since it

  • included no affordable housing
  • was 7.6 m higher than the previously approved proposal, even though still a twelve storey building.
  • four storeys and 15.1 m higher than the 30m (8 storey) preferred maximum height in the Fishermans Bend Framework Plan.

The Council resolved to advise the Minister that it did not support the amended proposal.

Refer to the Council meeting papers for 23 October 2019 from which this information is taken.

Look at the renders.


This 12 level (37m) development by CHT Architects was approved by the Minister for Planning on 21 May 2015.

Mark Baljak All on my lonesome > 101 Salmon St, Port Melbourne Urban.com.au May 24 2014

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

59 Johnston St, Port Melbourne

November 2019

The 298 sqm site was sold on 1 November by CBRE by private treaty, price unknown. It has  planning approval for a six level building designed by CHT architects.

59 Johnston St November 2019

The site was sold for $3,210,000.

14 December 2011

Planning application  0580/2011 was approved for the construction of 15 dwellings and a six level building.


The property was sold in 1986 for $420,000.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

538 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne

The Standard 


The townhouses are going up following the near completion of the apartments facing Williamstown Rd.

October 2019, from south western corner Ross and Raglan Sts
July 2018

Demolition has finished. The site is clear.

Note the proximity to North Port Oval with the Norm Goss stand clearly in view.

July 2018 from corner Ross x Raglan
May 2018

Deconstruction of the buildings continues behind these hoardings.

Raglan St looking east towards Ross St
March 2018

Demolition of the buildings on site has begun.

December 2017

Approval was sought for an amendment to the permit to allow for a five level building with 15 apartments (9 x two bedroom and 6 x 1 bedroom) and 17 x three storey three bedroom townhouses.

June 2017
Marketing has begun for The Standard "Townhomes and Boutique apartments". Front row seats for the Football at North Port Oval - surprisingly not mentioned in the many locational advantages in the promotional material.

June 2017

The Standard will be made up of 17 three bedroom townhouses, and 15 one and two bedroom apartments.

Developer: The Cubo Group

Architects: JAM Architects
July 2015

The site of ATA Distributors (Abrahsives, Tapes, Adhesives Packaging Systems) was sold by Mulcahy & Co in July 2015.


June 2015

Planning application 667/2015 was approved by the City of Port Phillip for a four storey building with 11 apartments and 17 townhouses.

Monday, September 16, 2019

September 2019

Lois Collinder writes

"One of my earliest memories is sitting in Mr Bullough's grocery shop next door watching him weigh the sugar and tip it into brown paper bags. He'd also cut off pieces of butter from the large yellow slab for the ladies coming in with their coupons. I still remember the smell of the produce and Mr Bullough putting up the shutters every night. The cardboard mobiles advertising biscuits swayed in the breeze and the sawdust on the floor was soft beneath my feet. If I was a good girl I might get some broken biscuits from the tin or a pennyworth of chocolate balls in a paper cone."

from Memories of Port, Port Phillip Through My Eyes, Port Phillip Seniors' Festival Writing Competition, 2008

Friday, August 23, 2019

139 - 145 Montague St, South Melbourne

August 2019
The 'renowned' Olympia Gym has gone. The premises are being leased by Conquest.

Holding up the corner of Montague and Thistlethwaite St since 1991
Olympia Gymnasium's facebook site says: "After 28 years of inflicting pain, Paul is pulling down the roller shutter for the last time.

Everyone who calls the gym home knows that Paul is here from 5.30 in the morning to 10.30 at night, 365 days a year.

Paul has decided he needs some time out. So, with mixed emotions, he is closing Olympia. Sad to be closing, naturally. But also deeply grateful to the members who have chosen to work out at Olympia over the years. So many stories, so many memories.

Thank you to everyone who has made the journey to Montague Street since 1991."

29,000 vehicles pass this site every day, according to a VicRoads traffic report. (source: Conquest)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

150 - 160 Turner St, Lorimer, Fishermans Bend

August 2019

The site has been cleared of all vehicles. Passion fruit vines have been planted along the fence, as well as some citrus trees. 

Something is afoot!

150 - 160 Turner St, August 2019

150 - 160 Turner St, August 2019

April 2019

The site is reported to have sold for between $8m, according to The Age (9 April), less than the $10m owners Gary Brill and John Ayres had been seeking a year ago. It was last sold in August 2001
for $1,050,000 (realestate.com.au)

A permit was granted for a 36 storey building in July 2016.

150 - 160 Turner St, May 2019

The 2,618 sq metre site was acquired for $1.05m from the state government in 2003.

July 2018

150 Lorimer St is for sale by Colliers with a permit for a 30 level building.

July 2016

A planning permit was issued for a 36 level building in July 2016.

Architects: Artisan Architects

11 October 2015

While the Minister for Planning is the Responsible Authority for this application in the Lorimer Precinct of Fishermans Bend, the City of Melbourne’s comments were sought

At its planning meeting on 6 October, the Council resolved to write to the Minister advising that they did not support the application for a 30 storey building on a number of grounds including that

  • a majority of apartments rely on borrowed light
  • there was insufficient setback from Turner St (which is proposed to be a linear parkway)

    Unprepossessing 150 Turner St
    • there were insufficient setbacks between podium and tower
    • there were unreasonable wind tunnel effects at ground level
    • it would exceed the density contemplated for Fishermans Bend in the Strategic Framework Plan, was distant from public transport, and would put strain on community services and facilities

    Report to the Future Melbourne (Planning) Meeting 6 October 2015