The City of Melbourne has put forward a zero carbon, zero waste precinct in its draft master plan for the Queen Victoria Market redevelopment.

The Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Draft Master Plan says the precinct has a key role to play in building Melbourne’s resilience and leading change in the community. Sustainable outcomes will be demonstrated through the Green Star – Communities tool, with the market redevelopment aiming to be:

  • zero carbon – maximising energy efficiency, embedded renewable energy sources and investment in off-site renewable energy
  • climate resilient – cooling the precinct and enhancing biodiversity by integrating green infrastructure, storm water harvesting, reuse and water sensitive design
  • resource efficient – through sustainable procurement and resource recovery systems and infrastructure
  • zero waste – maximising opportunities for waste reduction and recycling in design, construction and operation
  • economically sustainable – encourage opportunities for business diversity, innovation and economic development with a focus on activities that foster the commercial viability of the Queen Victoria Market
  • socially sustainable – providing enhanced community opportunities, that are accessible and create local employment and acknowledge culture, heritage and identity

“In 2013, Melbourne City Council committed to the largest investment in its history: up to $250 million to renew the Queen Victoria Market precinct,” Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said.

“After 18 months of speaking with traders and the community about what the renewal might look like, we now have an ambitious master plan which will bring the market into the 21st century while preserving its unique character and heritage.”

It is estimated the renewal could generate 9000 new jobs at the market, with 12,000 more in the surrounding area, as well as thousands of construction jobs.

The City of Melbourne will be conducting community engagement on the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Draft Master Plan from 2 March to 29 March 2015.