The Fishermans Bend Business Forum continues to advocate for immediate public transport investment in Fishermans Bend to address the housing crisis and unlock the area's development potential. In an interview with The Age, Forum President Bernadene Voss highlights the urgency of the situation, emphasising the need for tram lines and calling on the State Government to prioritise significant public transport infrastructure investment.
We are pleased to report on a significant development in the future of Fishermans Bend by the City of Port Phillip Mayor & Councillors. A bid has been made to acquire land that will play a crucial role in meeting the Open Space requirements as per the Fishermans Bend Framework. This represents a remarkable opportunity for all stakeholders to contribute to an impactful legacy. Stay tuned for further updates and involvement in this exciting endeavour.
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Effective from 1 January 2024, the Premier's decision aims to offer substantial savings on energy bills and reduced household emissions. The transition will apply to new homes requiring planning permits, including public and social housing projects. The Government is investing $10 million in Residential Electrification Grants and $1 million in training for plumbers and electricians to support the industry's transition. Eligible participants can access the Solar Homes program, offering solar panel rebates and interest-free loans for household batteries. The Government also plans to update the Gas Substitution Roadmap later this year to further promote a sustainable future for Victoria. Visit our What's On page to explore a series of Masterclasses to learn more.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp has thrown her weight behind the idea of a Disney theme park in Melbourne, particularly endorsing Fishermans Bend as the prime location for this exciting venture. Envisioning thrilling roller-coasters and captivating attractions along the Yarra River, Capp believes such a park would not only boost tourism but invigorate the local economy. With an emphasis on Melbourne's exceptional hospitality and retail scene, she sees the park as a potential hit among residents, visitors, students, and traders. As discussions progress, public transportation's role gains prominence, with Capp highlighting the need for robust rail connectivity to support the project. Amidst past attempts and other Australian contenders, Capp's vision could potentially bring the magic of Disney to Melbourne's doorstep.
We're thrilled to recognise SYPAQ Systems, who has been named a finalist in four categories at the prestigious Australian Aviation Awards. This acknowledgment highlights the Fishermans Bend local's exceptional contributions to the growth and development of the aviation sector and symbolises the determination and commitment of individuals, teams, and businesses propelling the industry forward. The categories in which SYPAQ is nominated include Aerial Services Business of the Year, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Business of the Year, Innovation of the Year, and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Professional of the Year (Luke Aspinall).
Starward, the acclaimed whisky brand from Fishermans Bend, has distinguished itself with its innovative approach to modern whisky production, propelling it to the forefront of the Australian whisky category and garnering prestigious awards and a devoted following. Notably, Starward secured an impressive 12 double gold medals at the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and was honoured as the Most Awarded Distillery of the Year in the same contest the previous year. Additionally, the brand received the esteemed Best-In-Show accolade of Taste Master at the 2022 World Whisky Masters. Starward's founder, David Vitale, reflected on the brand's extraordinary journey, including its 15th anniversary celebration last year, and its ongoing triumphs in the world of whisky in a recent interview.