Port environs

Aerial long view of port with city skyline and hills

The Port of Melbourne is one of Australia’s oldest city ports, located centrally in an established metropolitan area. Because of the port’s inner city location, Port of Melbourne must balance the needs of a working port with community expectations of amenity and safety.

Urban growth and development is increasingly placing pressure on ports in inner city locations. Land use challenges have become evident within the port environs over the last decade.

Port buffers play an important role in reducing land use conflict at the port interface. They provide a physical separation between hazardous / high-impact port activities and sensitive land uses, such as residential.

Buffers can include low-intensity land uses (such as light industry) or landscaping and open space that protects adjoining communities from potential amenity impacts associated with port activities.

Beautifying port buffers

Port of Melbourne has sought to protect and beautify port buffers for the benefit of the community and the port through projects including:

  • Port Heritage Trail – Information markers on port land highlight historic sites around the port from Point Gellibrand in Williamstown to Station Pier in Port Melbourne.

For more information, contact:

Land Use Planning Department
Tel: +61 1300 857 662

Aerial long view of port with city skyline and hills

The Port of Melbourne is one of Australia’s oldest city ports, located centrally in an established metropolitan area. Because of the port’s inner city location, Port of Melbourne must balance the needs of a working port with community expectations of amenity and safety.

Urban growth and development is increasingly placing pressure on ports in inner city locations. Land use challenges have become evident within the port environs over the last decade.

Port buffers play an important role in reducing land use conflict at the port interface. They provide a physical separation between hazardous / high-impact port activities and sensitive land uses, such as residential.

Buffers can include low-intensity land uses (such as light industry) or landscaping and open space that protects adjoining communities from potential amenity impacts associated with port activities.

Beautifying port buffers

Port of Melbourne has sought to protect and beautify port buffers for the benefit of the community and the port through projects including:

  • Port Heritage Trail – Information markers on port land highlight historic sites around the port from Point Gellibrand in Williamstown to Station Pier in Port Melbourne.

For more information, contact:

Land Use Planning Department
Tel: +61 1300 857 662