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.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

The First Quarter 2021

Port Melbourne

In December 2020, the median house price was $1,630,500. 

In March 2021, the median house price was $1,900,000, a 16.5% increase. (source: Herald Sun 16 April 2021)

Friday, April 16, 2021

272 - 280 Normanby Rd, South Melbourne

April 2021

Following a thorough examination of the issues by the Fishermans Bend Standing Advisory Committee, the Minister for Planning approved planning amendment C177 to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme which was gazetted on 31 March 2021.

The most significant element of the amendment is reducing the height of the building from a proposed 40 storeys to 24 storeys. 

The incorporated document runs to 21 pages of detailed conditions. A few of them are highlighted below:
  • The tower setbacks increased to a minimum of 10 metres from Johnson Street and Munro Street
  • At least 20% of dwellings to contain three or more bedrooms, with a plan to transition to 25% of all dwellings containing three of more bedrooms. 
  • At least 25% of all car parking spaces on all levels to have access to an EV charging point.
  • Provide for the delivery of at least 6% of the total number of dwellings, for affordable housing before the development is occupied.
The SAC's report and the incorporated document can be accessed from the Fishermans Bend Standing Advisory Committee webpage.

January 2021

The building is being used as a worksite for R. Iconic opposite at 253 - 257 Normanby Rd. A homeless person finds shelter in a doorway. The landscape is unkempt. 

Planning for this site has still to be resolved. 

the site from the corner of Normanby & Johnson St, 2021

In October 2018, the site was sold for $12.7m (source: Domain)

4 October 2017

The City of Port Phillip considered the application on 4 October 2017.
  • The proposal is for a 40 level mixed use tower including a five level podium.
  • 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.
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  Planning application reference nos: DELWP ref: 16/00106, Council ref: MINRA 0004/2016/A


27 June 2016


the site from the corner of Normanby & Johnson St, 2016


8 May 2015

from the corner of Normanby & Johnson St, 2015


In February 2015, the site was sold for $14m by private treaty. (source: Domain)

The site

The site was formerly part of Dunlops extensive operation as shown in the Mahlstedt plan below.



The irregular shaped lot is 2,609 square metres in area. 




Sunday, April 11, 2021

183 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

 April 2021

for sale by Belle Property

May 2015


The former surgery of Dr Jack Goldberg, the Sandridge Medical Centre, was sold by private treaty for $1.638m.


Monday, April 5, 2021

31 Derham St, Port Melbourne

May 2021

The property was auctioned by Chisholm and Gamon for $1,650,000.

The land size is approx 249 sq m.

31 Derham St, Port Melbourne - April 2021


Sunday, April 4, 2021

134 - 142 Ferrars St, South Melbourne

Montague Square 

April 2021

Easter Sunday, the view from Kirrip Park
February 2021

Completion is expected in October 2021.

South Melbourne Primary School & Montague Square from Kirrip Park

April 2020

The development is now known as Montague Square.

18 storey Build to Rent development
107 Apartments: 15,867m2 GFA 

"The building’s podium emphasizes a solidity in response to the robust older industrial architectural forms found in the South Melbourne area."

Architect: Rothelowman

Builder: Element Five


March 2019

The buildings on site at 134 - 142 Ferrars St have been demolished. Only the sub-station remains.


The site from neighbouring South Melbourne Primary School

April 2017

After four years, a permit* has been granted for this site. Down from the originally proposed 49 storeys, the building is now approved at 18 storeys and includes 17 three bedroom homes and 6 affordable housing units to be managed by a housing association.

US technology company Sunguard Availability Services is the developer, Rothelowman the architects.

This site is immediately opposite the new South Melbourne Primary School – Ferrars St.

*permit 2013/000088 was granted on 10 April 2017

28 April 2013

The Port Phillip Council did not support the proposal for a 49 storey development at 134 – 142 Ferrars St, and has asked the Minister for Planning to refuse the application.

134 - 142 Ferrars St, April 2013

The proposal failed the Council’s assessment on a range of tests. Most importantly that it greatly exceeded the height and scale preferred in the Council’s adopted Montague Structure Plan.

The environmental performance of the proposal was not considered adequate. The proposal was assessed against the Montague Structure Plan in the absence of a plan for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA). There is also no development contribution plan in place.

The planning report recommended that no permit should be granted until such a plan is in place and added that ‘this is preferable than piecemeal agreements between the Minster for Planning and developers, which may result in ad-hoc, uncoordinated and inconsistent works within the FBURA'.

July 2012

The 1,970 m2 site was sold for $3,036,000

In February 2000, the site was sold for $2,250,000, and in November 1983 for $952,000. (source: realestate.com)