Fishermans Bend Business Forum Launch
In December 2017 a group of businesses came together to form a Steering Committee to investigate the establishment of a group to engage the business community of Fishermans Bend with the planning process for the future of the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area.
Fishermans Bend Business Forum was incorporated as an association in February 2018.
Its first task was to develop a database of businesses in the area.
The Steering Committee invited businesses to join a launch event on Thursday 15 March at Pier 35. The Chair of the Steering Committee Stephane Fayd'herbe, the Managing Director of CIA Services Group welcomed guests. Meredith Sussex the Chair of the Planning Minister's Ministerial Advisory Committee spoke about the evolving process for planning Australia's largest urban-redevelopment project and some of the challenges in such a significant undertaking. FBBF Executive Officer spoke about the issue impacting members.
In July 2018 the Chair of the Steering Committee visited the Automobile Campus in Helmond in the Netherlands which is part of the Brainport Industry Campus at Eindhoven, thereby establishing international linkages.
In October 2018 it held is inaugural Annual General Meeting at which a Committee and Office Bearers were elected.
The Committee meeting monthly (or more often as the need arises) and develops strategies to engage businesses, government and other stakeholders.
In September 2019 the Committee held the first Business in the Bend networking function at Starward Distillery in Port Melbourne.
OUR MISSION IS TO REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE FISHERMANS BEND BUSINESS COMMUNITY DURING THE PLANNING PROCESS - THROUGH RESEARCH AND MEMBER ENGAGEMENT
Vibrant Business Community - Built on Port Access and Industry
Fishermans Bend has been a dynamic part of the Victorian economy for over 100 years. It is about to move into its next phase. This is why a number of businesses have come together to form the Fishermans Bend Business Forum. The forum will be incorporated as an association and run by an elected committee.
Dynamic and Modern Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct
Currently around 300 businesses call the Employment Precinct home.
There are a number of business parks in the Employment Precinct – Bridgeside Business Park, Lorimer Business Park, Cititech Technology Park, Aquatica Business Park, Portside Business Park, Dockside Business Park, Citiport Business Park, Port IT @ Turner Business Park, Salmon Street Business Park and Gateway @ Port, housing businesses large and small.
Melbourne University is to move the research component of its Engineering faculty into the former GMH site in 2020.
High-tech industries such as Boeing and Black Magic Design sit alongside Boral, Independent Cement , CREMA Constructions and NextDC data centre.
Lorimer Precinct is the home for many car importers and distributors.