After four years of work to procure a new long-term lease for St Kilda Marina, the City of Port Phillip is excited that, following approval by the Victorian Government in December 2020, the new lease will come into effect on 1 May 2022. The new tenant, Australian Marina Development Corporation (AMDC), will undertake a staged redevelopment of the marina, transforming it into a modern and inviting destination for both residents and visitors alike.

To ensure the full potential of the site is realised, Council committed to a multi-phase community engagement program, working closely with the public at key stages of the project to understand and consider the values and aspirations of the community for the site and local area. The feedback received from the first stage of engagement was used to form the marina Site Vision and Objectives. This work guided the development and assessment of options for the site undertaken by a community panel who worked with Council officers and technical experts. This second and comprehensive stage of engagement resulted in the St Kilda Marina Site Brief.

The concept design presented here was approved as part of the new long-term lease awarded to AMDC for the St Kilda Marina through a competitive tender process. The concept design is guided by the Site Brief and is a key part of the new lease agreement.

The lease, worth around $160 million over a 35 year plus 15 year term, envisions the marina as a place for all to enjoy by removing most of the fencing, significantly increasing open space and enabling access to the full length of the peninsula and the glorious views. It provides progressive boat storage and launch and retrieval options, an inviting retail/food and beverage strip, and supporting improved movement across the site by reducing conflict points between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. The design also features a Civic Heart and redesigned car parking as flexible spaces which can be activated in quieter times for a range of community events and activities, such as festivals, markets, informal sports and recreation activities.

Council has confidence that the vision for the site will be delivered through the new lease with AMDC -‘a special place on the foreshore for everyone, that welcomes a diversity of sustainable uses, anchored by a working marina’.

The approved concept design for the site is now being further developed into a detailed design that will be submitted for planning approval. The City of Port Phillip is working with the new tenant to undertake the next phase of community engagement to inform the design development.

Thank you for your feedback

This consultation has now closed. Your responses are being reviewed by Council and will be considered by AMDC to assist them with finalising their design.

How did we get here?

Learn more about the history of this project via Council's webpage.