• arts & culture

7 March 2018

The Victorian Government announced visionary new planning laws today designed to protect and enhance the Melbourne Arts Precinct in Southbank.

Snuff Puppets' Everybody at SummerSalt Festival 2015. Image by Theresa Harrison

Snuff Puppets' Everybody at SummerSalt Festival 2015. Image by Theresa Harrison

The Melbourne Arts Precinct in Southbank has one of the highest concentrations of arts and cultural organisations in the world, but a spate of new developments has threatened the character of the precinct as primarily a creative hub.

Under the Australian-first planning amendment, future developments in the precinct will have to include arts and cultural uses as part of the first four floors, such as studios, workshops or galleries, or performance and events spaces.

The planning amendment includes a rezoning of the precinct to the newly-created Capital City Zone Schedule 7. The new controls will be introduced on an interim basis, allowing the City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria to work with the community on permanent controls.

The amendment allows for appropriate development while enhancing the precinct’s character. It’s an important step in the evolution of the Melbourne Arts Precinct, with more work to be done to transform the area into a major creative industries hub and cultural destination.

The new controls will extend from the Yarra River to Kings Way.