'A special place on the foreshore for everyone that welcomes a diversity of sustainable uses anchored by a working marina.' St Kilda Marina site vision

The former 50-year lease of the St Kilda Marina has come to an end, with an interim lease to be in place until 2022. Council is now in Stage Four of a project to secure a new long-term lease arrangement at this special place. Council is committed to working with the Victorian Government, community, users of the marina and other key stakeholders to re-imagine the St Kilda Marina site.

The work to procure a new long-term lease arrangement for the site is outlined in the Project Approach.

On 5 June 2019 Council endorsed the St Kilda Marina Planning Scheme Amendment, Procurement Plan, updated Probity Plan, updated Project Approach and Community & Stakeholder Engagement Plan. See Planning Scheme Amendment, Procurement & Project Approach updates for more information.

Planning Scheme Amendment

On 24 July 2019, Council resolved to commence a planning scheme amendment process to change the planning controls for the St Kilda Marina site.

The proposed Amendment C171port to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme is required because the existing planning controls would not effectively reflect the type of public and private use envisaged for the site, as specified in the Site Brief.

The Site Brief was developed with the community and sets out key information for everyone to have shared understanding of current conditions and desired outcomes at the St Kilda Marina. Council endorsed the Site Brief on 15 May 2019.

You can view the St Kilda Marina Project Site Brief (PDF 5 MB) by clicking here.

The Site Brief includes information on:

  • the Marina’s future uses
  • guidance on issues such as height, scale and location of new buildings
  • the location and quality of publicly accessible open space
  • connections and movement to and within the site
  • views
  • marina function
  • commercial space.

The Site Brief will inform the market and guide interested parties to provide suitable proposals in a competitive process to procure a new long-term lease arrangement. It will also be used as the basis of a planning scheme amendment, providing a framework for assessing all design proposals for the site.


A procurement plan that sets out and guides the procurement process for the new lease for St Kilda Marina was endorsed by Council on 5 June 2019 and is available here

The proposed procurement model detailed in the Procurement Plan outlines a two-stage process:

  • a publicly advertised invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI)
  • a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued to a shortlist of tenderers following evaluation of EOIs received.

On Saturday 8 June 2019 Council invited Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for a new long-term lease for the St Kilda Marina site.

The intention of the EOI process was to introduce the opportunity of the new lease to the market and seek submissions from suitably qualified developers / operators.

The Council Report, which outlines the EOI process and identifies a shortlist of three RFP respondents, was made public on 11 September 2019, following formal notification of the outcome to EOI respondents. The Council Report is available here

Interim Lease for the St Kilda Marina

The work to procure a new long-term lease arrangement for the site is proceeding in line with the updated Project Approach approved by Council on 5 June 2019.

An interim lease approved by the Victorian Government (through the Governor in Council process) on 30 July 2019 is now in place until 2022 to cover the gap between the expiry of the original lease and the start of a new long-term lease arrangement.

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Planning Scheme Amendment

Planning Scheme Amendment C171port is now open for public consultation.

How can you get involved?

You can provide your feedback to the proposed changes in Amendment C171port via a written submission.

More information about the Amendment and details outlining how you may be involved is available here

Council will be accepting submissions until midnight on Monday 18 November 2019.

Community members will be able to provide further feedback during the amendment process, including an opportunity to present to an independent planning panel.

If you would like further information or have any questions, please contact the Project Team via the contact information on the right side of this page.


The process for the procurement of a new lease for the St Kilda Marina is well underway, with the issue of the Request for Proposal (RFP) documentation on 19 September 2019 to the respondents shortlisted from the Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

While the details of the RFP will remain confidential for the duration of the RFP period (until a successful proponent is announced), Council can advise that briefings with the respondents have commenced.

The RFP period closes on 19 December 2019. Evaluation of proposals will commence immediately and proceed over the first half of 2020.