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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.


From October to March, in collaboration with local brewery CBCo, we hosted a monthly pop-up bar by the river at the Gateway Hub at Shed 21.

Kimu Korean and Japanese Eatery will be serving up Japanese gyoza dumplings and rice dishes and CBCo will have a range of drinks – beers and cider made right there in Fishermans Bend as well as wine and non-alcoholic drinks too.  All with views over the river and live beats curated by the fabulous team from The BandWagon.


As part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, on Saturday 14 May 2022, we ran two guided bike tours to uncover the fascinating stories of innovation and manufacturing at Fishermans Bend, Australia’s largest urban renewal project. Starting at Federation Square and concluding at Shed 21, this tour weaved stories of creativity and innovation from the past and look to the future of design, engineering and advanced manufacturing in the Fishermans Bend National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC).


As part of Open House Melbourne we ran two guided tours celebrating the legacy of the former General Motors Holden factory and showcasing the exciting future for the site as the Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct.

The former GM-Holden factory was at the centre of Melbourne’s industrial heyday. Developed from the 1930s onwards, it played a critical role in Australia’s WW2 effort. In the decades that followed, the Holden name became synonymous with providing quality manufacturing jobs for thousands of Victorians and recent arrivals to Australia.  Holden’s proud legacy in manufacturing, engineering and design excellence have laid the foundations for the exciting future to come.

We were also lucky to have a few vintage Holdens at Shed 21 on the day, showcasing some of the design and innovation that was made here in Fishermans Bend.

The tour was presented in partnership between the City of Melbourne,  Development Victoria and the Fishermans Bend Taskforce at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.


What a great night we had at the Fisherman’s Bend Innovation Challenge Pitch night at ARRB – Australian Road Research Board on Thursday 28 July.

Six exciting concepts delivered pitches to panels of judges aimed at solving challenges in the precinct, with almost 100 people joining in person and close to 50 participating online. The three finalists in the IDEAS Stream shared in more than $20,000 cash and prizes.

Data Flows by @EXCX Design Collective took out the People’s Choice Award voted by the audience on the night for their innovative light-based indicators that display real-time data measurements from the water infrastructure on and under the ground. Congratulations also to Bonnie So and Michael Bridges for their excellent pitches.

The three PILOT Stream pitches are vying for $70,000 prize money and will be selected by vote on Participate Melbourne.


On Tuesday 11 October 2022, Shed 21 was turned into a contemporary fashion runway, as part of Melbourne Fashion Week.

With an impressive skyline view as the backdrop, audiences witnessed some of our city’s street and sub-culture fashion on show.  Featuring A.BCH, Chris Ran Lin, Erik Yvon, EveryHuman, Ginny’s Girl Gang, Postel, REBORN by HoMie, Sabatucci, SISTER, SUKU Home, SZN, The Social Studio and TOILÉ STUDIOS