1100 ageing public housing homes to be redeveloped

Last updated: 2 March 2017

The Victorian Government is investing $185 million to redevelop public housing properties at sites across metropolitan Melbourne.

Public housing building
Public housing building

This will result in an increase of at least 10 per cent in social housing.

Stage one of the redevelopment includes 1100 properties across nine sites in:

  • Brunswick
  • North Melbourne
  • Heidelberg West
  • Clifton Hill
  • Brighton
  • Prahran
  • Hawthorn
  • Northcote
  • Ascot Vale.

Most properties to be redeveloped are low-rise, typically rundown and have high maintenance costs.

They will be replaced with a mix of apartments and townhouses that meet relevant building and energy efficiency standards.

Plans for each site will be developed with input from residents, community and other stakeholders. Proposed land uses, scale and type of new residences and recreational spaces will also be included.

Consultation will start early next year to begin the planning process. Work on many sites will start in early 2018.

Current tenants will not relocate for some time and every effort will be made to minimise any disruption. Tenants will also have first option to return to the estate once work has completed.

The first 52 vacant parcels of land have been included in the $60 million program to increase the number of social housing properties on land currently owned by the Director of Housing.

These 52 parcels of land are expected to create almost 100 homes.

The program will initially work in partnership with registered housing associations and private sector builders across 13 suburbs in the Western corridor.

Expressions of Interest will close mid-February 2017.

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