Evolving Port

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

178 Princes St, Port Melbourne

December 2017

The house begins to fray with neglect since its future demolition is certain.

July 2017

This house was sold on 29 July for $2.73 million for its 324sq m block. The house was built in 1967.

Chisholm and Gamon agent Mr Kett said that all prospective purchasers pursued the property 'with the same intention — to demolish it and replace it with a new home or homes'.

Monday, November 6, 2017

19 Salmon St, Port Melbourne

November 2017

19 Salmon St, former Rootes/Chrysler factory
Heritage protection for significant elements of the former Rootes/Chrysler factory moved one step closer at the Port Phillip Council meeting of 1 November when the Council accepted the recommendations of the Panel considering Amendment C143.

The Panel supported the protection of the 1943 and 1941 elements of the building on site (see below) - that includes the administration building to which internal controls will also apply. The 1955 era buildings did not meet the significance criteria.

The final step is to secure Ministerial approval for the amendment.

from Panel Report on Amendment C143 Port Phillip Planning Scheme
showing the buildings to be protected by Amendment C143
Port Phillip planning reports 1 November 2017

September 2017 

Planning permit 201534819 was issued for this development on 1 September 2017. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

187-201 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

1 November 2017

At the meeting of 1 November, the Port Phillip Council approved this development application subject to a range of conditions.

The proposal is to construct 122 three level townhouse dwellings, 15 of which would incorporate the saw tooth factory wall along the Todd Street boundary. All other buildings will be demolished.

The land is in the Wirraway Precinct of Fishermans Bend which has an interim mandatory 4-storey maximum height area (until 31 March 2018). The development clearly complies with this requirement.

The existing saw tooth factory fa├žade along Todd Road is part of the noise attenuation strategy for the development.

the real thing with graffiti - November 2017

render showing retained saw tooth roof wall via Rothelowman
Trees along the Williamstown Road frontage including the Wallangarra White Gum at the corner of Todd Road are to be retained, and existing trees along the north, east and west rear and side boundaries are to be protected.

21 different townhouse designs are proposed.15 of the dwellings facing Todd Road would incorporate the retained redbrick sawtooth factory wall into their rear elevation.

Both VICT and Port of Melbourne Operations Ltd objected to the proposal on the basis that it could compromise the future workings of the Port.

The Council's response was to require that the development incorporate stringent noise attenuation measures and to include the following conditions:

All dwellings will be required to contain covenants to be registered on the Title of the property so as to run with the land, and must provide for the following:
 (a) Confirm that the land is located adjacent to an active, 24 hour per day working port located at the Port of Melbourne;
(b) Acknowledge the adjacent Port is projected to expand and increase its operations from circa 1 million standard containers in 2017 to circa six million standard containers in 2040, generally in accordance with the Port Development Strategy 2035 Vision, Port of Melbourne Corporation, August 2009.

Port Phillip Council report 1 November 2017 Ref P0307/2017

The site

Neighbours - Port of Melbourne and 187 Williamstown Rd

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

51-59 Thistlethwaite St, South Melbourne


15 January 2017

31 October 2016

'permit approved site for sale'
9 December 2015

51-59 Thistlethwaite St and 486 City Rd, South Melbourne

This application, first lodged with Council on 19 January 2015 was to
  • construct a mixed use, 4, 7, 13 and 16 level building containing retail and commercial tenancies,
  • 258 (126 x 1BR, 109 x 2BR inc. 6 SoHo, and 23 x 3BR) dwellings, community spaces including a toy library, and car and bicycle parking, 

City of Port Phillip planning report 9 December 2015

272 - 280 Normanby Rd, Southbank

4 October 2017

Planning application reference nos: DELWP ref: 16/00106, Council ref: MINRA 0004/2016/A

extracts from the City of Port Phillip planning report of 4 October 2017:

The proposal is for a 40 level mixed use tower including a five level podium.

The building would have maximum height of 40 storeys / 128.3m to roof top parapet level, 130.1m to the top of the plant screen, and 133.26m to the top of the lift overrun.

A 4.5m wide pedestrian through block lane/link is proposed along the north-east side of the site,  The link would be covered at first floor level for weather protection and wind mitigation.

The development proposed five affordable dwellings.

Flooding / Sea Level Rise: 

The land is not identified as being subject to flooding. However, Melbourne Water has recommended minimum floor levels to protect against future sea level rise as follows: On-street parking spaces / external dwelling entries: 1.9 to 2.1m AHD, commercial lobbies / retail: 2.4m AHD, Garage / car park entry: 2.4m AHD plus 600mm mechanical freeboard, habitable residential, office, lifts, services: 3.0m AHD

The Council resolved to advise the Minister that it did not support the application, but should the Minister approve it, a suite of suggested conditions have been prepared.

source: City of Port Phillip report of 4 October 2017

27 June 2016


8 May 2015


Site location

89 - 103 Gladstone St, South Melbourne

Gravity Tower 

October 2017

The Gravity Tower on the corner of Montague St and Gladstone St in Montague is complete.
It was one of the earliest planning approvals in Fishermans Bend, dating back to 2015.

It emerges from every angle, showing a slightly different face depending on the time of day.

Designed by Plus Architecture, architects of the Armada development in Nott St, and developed by Blue Earth.

'Aluminium sun shields criss-cross the floor-to-ceiling glazing almost like herringbone fabric' Stephen Crafti writes. (Age, 28 October 2017)

The Gravity Tower contains 144 apartments over 29 levels.

viewed from Williamstown Road, October 2017
Proposed 2013
Construction start 2015
Complete 2017

start of construction 10 November 2015
June 2015


June 2015
16 July 2013

The City of Port Phillip's views were sought notwithstanding that the Minister for Planning was the Responsible Authority for the application. (Reference MINRA0007/2013)

The Council report noted the following in relation to flooding:
  • The site is within a Special Building Overlay (i.e. land subject to inundation) under the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. Melbourne Water (the relevant flooplain management authority) is a Statutory Referral Authority for this application, pursuant to Clause 44.05-5 of the Planning Scheme. 
  • Melbourne Water has provided advice regarding recommended floor levels for the Fisherman’s Bend area which as follows:
  • The current 100 year flood level for the Fisherman’s Bend area is 1.6m AHD. Based on the climate change predictions in Clause 13.01 of the Planning Scheme, Melbourne Water has adopted a flood level of 1.8m AHD for 2040 (i.e. 200mm rise above the existing level) and 2.4m AHD for 2100 (i.e. 800mm above the existing level). 
  • Melbourne Water therefore recommends floor levels as follows: 
    • Commercial lobbies / Retail: 2.4m AHD. 
    • Garages/Car Parking Entry: 2.4m AHD plus 600mm mechanical freeboard (i.e. all mechanical plant and electrical fittings should be located 600mm above the flood level). 
    • Lifts/Services: 3.0m AHD. I


Plus Architecture Gravity Tower
Urban Melbourne Gravity Tower
Builder: Hamilton Marino
Geotechnical Engineering
144 apartments over 31 levels

The site

25 Ross St, Port Melbourne

September 2017

The house at 25 Ross St was sold for $1,190,000 on 9 September 2017 by Frank Gordon. Advertised as a 'blank canvas', it nevertheless held out the (unlikely) possibility of renovation.

The locational advantages of the property were described as: 'a premium position, opposite the tennis courts, near the beach, walking distance to Port Melbourne Primary School whilst also placed in the Albert Park Secondary School zone.'

September 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

70 - 72 Albert St, Port Melbourne

June 2019

The site is cleared in preparation for the development.

level site at 70 - 72 Albert St
October 2017

Advertising for the re-development of 70 - 72 Albert St.

The house which this development will replace.

April 2017

VCAT  issued a permit for full demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a three storey building with basement containing nine dwellings.

Friday, October 13, 2017

130 Bay St, Port Melbourne

13 October 2017

Demolition of the grey facaded weatherboard cottage at 130 Bay St was underway today. Although a permit was first issued for its demolition in 2010, it appears that it is still the subject of a live planning application 838/2010/C by the Port Phillip Council.

130 Bay St - October 2017
In 2010, a permit was granted for the demolition and re-development of this property for a four level building. 

In 2014, a new application was submitted for a five storey building with basement carparking and dwellings on levels 1-4 and use of the ground floor as a shop. 

It was appealed to VCAT which approved the development on 6 November 2015.

130 Bay St -  January 2011
21 February 2012

A few points drawn from the City of Port Phillip Statutory Planning Committee report of 21 February:

  • the site contains a single storey house that was previously consolidated from two single storey Victorian houses with a Spanish Mission style facade
  • the alterations to the building are considerable .. and have eroded its heritage integrity. 
  • it is considered that this section of Bay St is no longer consistent due to the loss of adjacent heritage buildings to the south.
  • given the lack of significance of this significantly modified building and the lack of heritage integrity and consistency ...  the heritage policy could be put aside to allow the building to be demolished.

Friday, October 6, 2017

237 Princes St, Port Melbourne

October 2017

The property will be sold by Cayzer on 21 October with endorsed plans for a three level dwelling.

2 February 2017

On this day, the City of Port Phillip granted a permit to demolish the house and replace it with a three storey dwelling. The application went back to 2015. (ref 1297/2015)

2 November 2015

Over a period of time 237 Princes St deteriorated to such an extent that it appeared it would just fall into a heap. I thought it was gone.
29 August 2011
And then it had a coat of paint and looks set for a new lease of life.

November 2015

Friday, September 1, 2017

143 Ross St, Port Melbourne


October 2013

Planning application 565/2013 for a single dwelling was approved by the City of Port Phillip on 23 October 2013. Note - there is no heritage overlay for the section of Ross St south of Bridge St.

September 2012

The double fronted house at 143 Ross Street was sold at auction by Biggin & Scott for $1,065,000.

source: realestate.com.au

Sunday, August 27, 2017

360 Howe Parade, Port Melbourne

August 2017
The house in Howe Parade was sold by R T Edgar on 19 August for $1,230,000. It was described by the agent (erroneously) as a 'classical State Bank home'.

August 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

198 Station St, Port Melbourne

1 July 2017

Planning application 202/2011 was lodged on 11 March 2011 for demolition of the existing dwelling and construction of a double-storey dwelling with basement. Now minor variations are proposed.

The vegetation index: several large bushy shrubs in the front yard.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

279 Graham St, Port Melbourne

May 2019

October 2017

The site has been cleared and advertising has appeared for 'Prince & Graham'.

Storage tanks removed September 2017
August 2017

The buildings on site were demolished in August.

August 2017
11 June 2017

The cars have gone. 

Michael Goldberg owned and operated this garage from the 1980s when he took up the business to be closer to his father, Dr Goldberg, who practised from his surgery on the corner of Bridge and Princes St.

6 June 2017

The property was sold by Dixon Kestles in April. Sandridge Motors is moving out following the retirement of the owners.

The site is zoned General Residential within Design and Development Overlay 1.4 which permits up to 6 storeys.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

114 Dow St, Port Melbourne

1 May 2018

The property, you could hardly say the house, sold for $1,235,000.

Cayzer 114 Dow Street, Port Melbourne

30 May 2017

This house in lamentably poor condition is one to keep an eye on. These very simple, very plain houses are very early Port.

Monday, January 2, 2017

243 Graham St, Port Melbourne

11 February 2018

February 2018
This site will be auctioned on 24 February with an approved permit for a house with
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • a separate rumpus room
  • basement garaging
  • roof terrace
Should this permit be acted on, the fate on the houses on either side will be pretty much pre-determined.

17 July 2017

Planning application 480/2017 is being advertised for the demolition of the dwelling since it appears not to be covered by a heritage overlay.

2 January 2017

This modest house was sold for $1,101,000 at auction by Cayzer on 10 December 2016.

243 Graham St, January 2017

Historical note

Henry William Birch, Harriet Birch, Aaron Waxman. Bill of sale filed in 1881. Refer PROV
VPRS 8350/ P2 unit 15, item 56956