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Australia : A new boost for NewQuay.

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy has approved the NewQuay Development Plan at Docklands.

The underutilised land at the former Waterfront City site will be transformed injecting life and activity into the precinct.

This includes:

A new 5,000 square metre landscaped public park; and

Five residential buildings, including the possibility for a serviced apartment hotel.

MAB Corporation Chief Operating Officer David Hall said the plan was one of the first projects approved as part of the Second Decade of the Docklands development phase, which was all about people.

The plan will revitalise business and the community by attracting more visitors, more workers and permanent residents to the area, Mr Hall said. The park will be one of the largest green open spaces in Docklands and will offer a tree-lined grassed area to ensure a safe and relaxed new public space for Docklands residents and visitors to enjoy.

The approval of the NewQuay Development Plan follows 18 months of planning and consultation with the community, Places Victoria, the Department of Planning and Community Development and the City of Melbourne.

MAB has developed a plan which revitalises a hard and uninviting space, Mr Hall said. This includes areas for public events, more green open spaces and a diverse range of architecture.

We want to ensure NewQuay is a visual landmark for Docklands and a new community hub.

Over 800 new apartments will also be constructed over five buildings.

It is anticipated an additional 1500 new residents will be welcomed into the precinct, said Mr Hall.

The buildings will be designed by three leading Melbourne architects to offer diversity in architectural styles.

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