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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.
The masterplan is a blueprint for change, which shows how the estate can be improved in stages over time. It will show how the $10 million will be spent to kick-start the long-term change that aims to make Eaglehawk a better place to live.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on travel and social distancing, we have needed to revise our project timeline. The draft masterplan will now be presented to the community for feedback early 2021.
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.
Early 2021: Consultation with the community and other stakeholders on a draft masterplan.
Mid 2021: Updating and finalising the masterplan in response to community and stakeholder feedback. Actions in the masterplan will begin.
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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 took what the community told us and developed a set of draft key directions.
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:
- Developing a plan for Virginia Hill Estate project update March 2020 (PDF)
- Developing a plan for Virginia Hill Estate project update March 2020 (Word)
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:
- Virginia Hill Phase 1 Engagement report (PDF)
- Virginia Hill Phase 1 Engagement report - accessible (Word)
Phase 2: Consultation on the draft masterplan
The previous consultation has delivered valuable insights into how the estate could be re-imagined. Community feedback supported the key directions for change which have guided the preparation of the draft plan.
In early 2021 we will be presenting the draft plan for community feedback.
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.
Ella Adams, Principal Project Manager
Mobile: 0447 822 053
Virginia Hill Estate Residents contact:
Chris Bolton, Client Support and Housing Services Manager
Phone: (03) 5434 5529