North Melbourne renewal

Last updated: 12 September 2017

Older, rundown housing on the North Melbourne estate will be replaced with new, modern, low maintenance homes.

About the project

The estate on Abbotsford Street has older, rundown buildings that cost a lot to maintain.

The project will build new, modern buildings and increase the number of social housing properties on the estate by at least 10 per cent. The estate will include private housing, which will help fund the project.

The renewed estate will have:

  • More social housing
  • A mix of social and private housing
  • New accessible homes that suit older residents, people with disabilities, and families
  • A range of housing sizes
  • Better landscaping, outdoor facilities and community spaces.

The new homes

The new homes will be:

  • Built to modern standards
  • Accessible for all
  • Sustainable homes that are cheaper to cool, heat and maintain
  • Better suited to the ongoing needs of Victorians.

For more information on the project, read the Questions and answers about the renewal project (.docx).

If you're part of the North Melbourne community, read the Questions and answers for the community about the renewal (.docx).

Sketch plans

For more details on our ideas for renewing the estate:

These preliminary sketch plans are conversation and consultation starters. We welcome your feedback on them - please get involved!

Your feedback will help make sure the designs are in line with the community's needs and desires.

Will I have to move?

Some people living on the estates will be asked to move while the work happens. This shouldn’t start until late 2017.

You can choose to:

  • Return to the estate
  • Move permanently.

We will pay your moving and utility connection costs.

For more information, read the Questions and answers about relocations (.docx).

North Melbourne estate planning proposal consultation

The planning proposal has been referred to the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee. This committee gives independent advice on planning proposals to the Minister for Planning.

Any interested person or organisation can make a submission to the committee by 5pm on 20 September 2017.

Make a submission to the committee on Engage Victoria's Abbotsford Street site, North Melbourne Estate page.

More information on the planning proposal is on Planning Victoria's Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne page.

Get involved and find out more

We’re talking to residents, neighbours, communities and stakeholders about the best way to renew these estates and make them great places to live.

Your ideas will help us create vibrant, safe and thriving communities.

You can share your ideas:

Public consultations

There are three phases of public consultations:

  • February 2017: Phase one
  • May 2017: Phase two
  • August 2017 : Phase three.

September information session

Come to the drop-in information session on Thursday 14 September:

  • Where: The gym, North Melbourne Primary School (210 Errol Street). Enter from Murphy Street via the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Gate (gate 6)
  • When: 6.15pm, Thursday 14 September

Information in other languages

You can also find information on the planning proposal consultation in other languages on Planning Victoria's Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne page.


Chinese - simplified


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