The Victorian Government is committed to better meeting the housing needs of Victorians.
As part of the Homes for Victorians strategy, the government has committed a $2.6 billion program of investment into social housing and to reduce homelessness. The creation of safe, accessible, affordable and suitable housing so that all Victorians feel supported by and part of the community is a key priority of the Victorian Government
The program includes the following initiatives:
- A $185 million Public Housing Renewal Program that will redevelop nine public housing estates to increase social housing by at least 10 per cent and deliver properties that better suit the needs of tenants. Stage one of the redevelopment includes 1,100 properties across nine suburbs in Brunswick, North Melbourne, Heidelberg West, Clifton Hill, Brighton, Prahran, Hawthorn, Northcote and Ascot Vale.
- $140 million to deliver over 900 dwellings and includes the redevelopment of sites in Preston and the redevelopment of the walk-up units at Flemington.
Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee
To assist in the consideration of planning proposals for the public housing estates, the Minister for Planning has established the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to:
- advise on the suitability of planning proposals for existing public housing estates prepared by Department of Health and Human Services; and
- provide a timely, transparent and consultative process to facilitate the renewal of Victoria’s social housing stock.
The Minister for Planning has referred nine estates as requested by the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing for consideration to the Advisory Committee. These sites are:
- Flemington estate, Flemington
- Bills Street, Hawthorn
- Gronn Place, Brunswick West
- BellBardia and Tarakan estates, Heidelberg West
- Walker Street, Northcote
- Ascot Vale estate, Ascot Vale
- Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne
- Noone Street, Clifton Hill
- New Street, Brighton
Consultation for each site will include an opportunity for interested parties to view the planning proposal, ask questions and make submissions. There will also be an opportunity to make verbal submissions at public hearings held by the Advisory Committee. It is expected that consultation on the first site will begin in June 2017.
Renewal of public housing estates
The Department of Health and Human Services is planning to redevelop ageing public housing estates into vibrant, better-connected, mixed-tenure neighbourhoods where people can live in housing that is safe and secure, and meets modern standards as part of its Public Housing Renewal Program.
The nine renewal estates that have been initially identified consist of older public housing buildings that are rundown and have high maintenance costs. The multi-storey 'walk-ups' on these estates – buildings commonly constructed in the 1960s without lifts – are inaccessible to people with mobility issues, families with small children and older Victorians.
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