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When:  Wednesday 24 May, 5 to 6:30pm
Where:  The Greenhouse, 191 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne

As we look to the future of design in an increasingly complex era and the transformation of the former Holden site, what are the lessons we can draw from the legacy of design in Fishermans Bend? 

For nearly 60 years the General Motors Holden design studio in Fishermans Bend was one of the most successful industrial design studios in Australia. Globally recognised, a strong community of practice and both a competitive and highly collaborative culture was crucial to Holden’s success as a powerhouse of automotive design, engineering and manufacturing.  

Today, the transformation of the former Holden site into the Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct is a key part of Australia’s largest urban renewal project.   It will be the heart of what is envisaged to be ‘an internationally renowned centre of innovation in advanced manufacturing, engineering and design’, including the University of Melbourne’s new design and engineering campus. 

Join us for this panel discussion to learn how stories from the past are shaping design for the future of Fishermans Bend. 

Panel includes:

  • Professor Harriet Edquist – design historian   
  • Dr Norm Darwin – automotive historian 
  • Leane Hodyl – Hodyl and Co.
  • Dan Hill – Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
  • Matt Mackay, Aspect Studios
  • Michael Blancato, Kerstin Thompson Architects

Go to the Melbourne Design Week website for more information, and to find about all the other events that are part of Melbourne Design Week.

FREE, but booking essential via TryBooking.


When:  First Wednesday of every month, from 5 to 7pm
Where:  CBCo Brewery, 89 Bertie Street Port Melbourne

Connect with others working in and around Fishermans Bend.  And a great opportunity to sample locally beers (including their new non-alcoholic beer) and ciders, direct from the source at CBCo Brewery.

No bookings required, just turn up on the night and let them know at the bar you are there for the Gateway Hub networking event.

INNOVATIONS WITH WATER: Design for a climate resilient city

When:  Wednesday 26 April, 5:30 to 6:30pm
Where:  NTRO, 80a Turner Street Port Melbourne

Water has always played a significant role in Fishermans Bend.  From Aboriginal Creation stories, to flooding of low-lying areas and mitigating the impacts of climate change, our relationship with water is key to the past, present and future of Fishermans Bend.

Join us to learn about the role water sensitive urban design plays in making Australia’s largest urban renewal project, an innovative and climate resilient city.

Hear from Professor Tony Wong, from Water Sensitive Cities Australia, about using water as a powerful enabler of urban liveability, sustainability, productivity and resilience, and the opportunity that creates for precincts like Fishermans Bend.

We’ll also learn about the Remix Raingarden project, just one of many great initiatives in Fishermans Bend to embed water sensitive and circular economy principles within urban design projects.   Led by Amira Moshinsky, and a team from the University of Melbourne, the REMIX Raingarden was the winner of the 2022 Fishermans Bend Innovation Challenge and the pilot is being launched at this event.

Come from 5pm to see a demonstration of the raingardens, talk to the team and learn more about the waste materials being used and data being collected.

Presentations will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments.

Free, but bookings essential.



When:  Wednesday 5 April, from 5pm
Where:  CBCo. Brewery, 89 Bertie Street Port Melbourne

To kick off our first monthly networking event (first Wednesday of the month) at the CBCo Brewery in Port Melbourne, CBCo will be offering free tours to see behind the scenes and hear stories about how their craft beers and ciders are made – right here in Fishermans Bend.

No bookings required, just turn up on the night and let them know at the bar you are there for the Gateway Hub networking event.


When:  Saturday 26 November, 12 to 3pm
Where:  Shed 21, 206 Lorimer Street Docklands (just under the Bolte Bridge)

Come along to the upcoming Docklands Connection event called ‘Celebrate at Yarra’s Edge: The Docklands Connection’. The event will showcase residents, social groups and businesses from around Docklands in the form of stalls, information sessions, demonstrations and give aways.

Organised by locals for locals – it’s free and open for anyone in Docklands to attend.

For more information check out the event Facebook Page

Supported by The Gateway Hub.


When:  Wednesday 16 November, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Where:  Starward Distillery, 50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

In 2022 the Most Awarded Distillery was not in Scotland, Ireland or the US – but right here in Fishermans Bend. After just 15 years in business, Starward Whisky took the title of Most Awarded Distillery of the Year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition after winning 12 Double Gold and 3 Gold Medals. It’s the first Australian distillery to take the top honour in the event’s 22-year history, beating 5,000 competitors.

So how does a Melbourne based distillery take on such established international competition?

Join us on this exclusive tour of Starward Distillery to get behind the scenes and learn about the advanced manufacturing capabilities and characteristics that have helped Starward to establish global competitiveness and gain international acclaim.

Tour will be followed by a free tasting and nibbles. Drinks will also be available for purchase.

Limited spaces.  To register go HERE.


When: Monday 6 March, 5:30 to 7:30pm

Where: Swoop Aero, 1/ 578 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne

From drones that deliver emergency supplies to innovative medical diagnostic tools, Fishermans Bend is home to a diverse mix of startups and scaleups.

Join us to hear from a panel of locals about their journeys and the opportunities to startup and scaleup in Fishermans Bend.

Swoop Aero is a Victorian integrated drone logistics company, unlocking the potential of the skies with the only end-to-end drone logistics infrastructure on the planet. Since 2017, Swoop Aero has deployed drone fleets in 14 countries, to transform the way essential supplies and services are delivered across the globe, using technology designed, prototyped and manufactured right here in Fishermans Bend.

Since 2020, are on a mission to improve the lives of a billion patients, one nose at a time. Based in Fishermans Bend, they are building novel technologies that combine state of the art materials, protein chemistry and AI to revolutionise care delivery for chronic nasal disorders.

Panel discussion followed by Q&A and networking drinks.

Free, but bookings essential.



When:  Sunday 4 December, 11am to 4pm
Where: Shed 21, 206 Lorimer Street Docklands (under the Bolte Bridge)

For over 80 years, the former Holden factory in Fishermens Bend provided a home for innovation and social connection in Fishermans Bend.   

The launch of Australia’s first locally made mass-production car in Fishermans Bend on 29 November 1948 by Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley was a milestone in Australian manufacturing. The FX, as it became known, was an immediate success, as was the FJ, launched in 1953. The Holden transformed suburban Australia, boosted national pride and quickly become a national icon.  

Join us to celebrate the community that contributed to Holden’s legacy in automotive design, engineering and advanced manufacturing at Fishermans Bend.   With impressive views across the Birrarung (Yarra River) and the Bolte Bridge as the backdrop, Shed 21 will be transformed into a festival of all things Holden.   

Along with food trucks, live music and kids entertainment, this family friendly event will feature a “Holden Shine & Show” with a significant number of classic Holdens on display.  There will also be a program of short talks from ex-Holden designers and engineers throughout the day.

Whether you are a car enthusiast, aspiring engineer or just looking for an inspiring day of community, this is a celebration you won’t want to miss. 

What’s On:

Free – no bookings required:
‘Celebrating Holden in Fishermans Bend’ is a free event that does not require bookings. Simply turn up and enjoy the car display and free entertainment. The only thing you’ll need money for is food and drinks—the rest is on us!

Show and Shine:
Please note the Show and Shine is fully booked and no additional display vehicles will be admitted to the event area.

Getting there:
The event will be located at Shed 21, 206 Lorimer Street Docklands (just next to the Bolte Bridge).   There is plenty of street parking available in the surrounding streets, it’s also great walk or bike ride along the river.   LINK TO MAP

If you have you accessibility requirements and require reserved parking, please contact us via the email link at the bottom of this webpage.

Event Supporters:
Special thanks to our supporters:  One Padel, Development Victoria and South East Water.