The Virginia Hill Estate revitalisation project will help to ensure increased connectivity and better use of open spaces to meet the needs of the community.
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About the project

The Victorian Government is investing $10 million to improve Virginia Hill Estate, 6km from central Bendigo. The project’s goals include improving housing, public areas and connections with the surrounding community.

To guide the improvements, a masterplan will be prepared with input from residents, the broader community and other stakeholders.

Project timeline

Late 2019: The project was introduced to the community at community events in Eaglehawk on 19 and 21 December 2019.

Early 2020: Consultation with the community about what they like about the area and what they want to see improved. Together with technical analysis from a team of expert consultants, this information will help inform a draft masterplan.

Mid 2020: Consultation with the community and other stakeholders on a draft masterplan.

Late 2020: Updating and finalising the masterplan in response to community and stakeholder feedback. Actions in the masterplan will begin.

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Community Consultation

The strongest community plans are community led.

Consultation is at the heart of the planning process and we will be consulting with stakeholders and the community throughout the project to understand their needs and to make sure that the plan delivers the best possible outcomes.

Phase 1: Consultation on the proposed key directions

In late 2019 we asked the community what they like about Virginia Hill Estate and what they want improved. We have taken what the community told us and developed a set of key directions. These key directions will guide the future plan for the Estate.

In March 2020 we asked the community to help refine the key directions and confirm the issues.

See the issues and proposed key directions in the Virginia Hill Estate project update:

Phase 1 consultation closed on 2 April 2020. Thank you to everyone who participated.

You can read about what we heard in the Virginia Hill Phase 1 Engagement Report:

We’ll take the community’s feedback on the key directions to develop the draft masterplan for Virginia Hill.

Phase 2: Consultation on the draft masterplan

We’ll use community input on key directions to develop the draft masterplan for Virginia Hill Estate. We’ll come back to the community later in 2020 for consultation on the draft masterplan.

Consultative Committee

The Virginia Hill Estate Consultative Committee, established in February 2020, provides residents and community groups the opportunity to take part in the project and provide detailed feedback. The committee was established following an expression of interest process in late 2019.

The committee is chaired by Maree Edwards, State Member for Bendigo West.

Consultative Committee members adhere to the Consultative Committee Terms of Reference (Word) and Consultative Committee Code of Conduct (Word).

More information

Project contact
Ben Weiner, Principal Project Manager
Mobile: 0419 612 254
Email: ben.weiner@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Virginia Hill Estate Residents contact:
Chris Bolton, Client Support and Housing Services Manager
Phone: (03) 5434 5529
Email: chris.bolton@dhhs.vic.gov.au

 

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