The Virginia Hill Estate is in Eaglehawk, 6km from central Bendigo. The site is within walking distance of Eaglehawk railway station, the town centre, schools, community facilities and open space.
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About the project

The Virginia Hill Estate is in Eaglehawk, 6km from central Bendigo. The site is within walking distance of Eaglehawk railway station, the town centre, schools, community facilities and open space.

The estate has 66 homes that were mostly constructed in the 1980s. The houses are in a series of narrow courts which could be better designed to increase connectivity. The courts are linked by underutilised open spaces that don’t meet the needs of the community.

Project timeline

Late 2019: The project will be introduced to the community and a consultative committee established to inform the project.

Early 2020: The first phase of the Virginia Hill Estate revitalisation project will be to consult with the community about what they value about the area and what they would like to see improved. The information gathered in the first phase will help form a draft masterplan.

Mid 2020: Once a draft masterplan has been prepared, it will be brought to the community for feedback.

Late 2020: The masterplan will be updated in response to community feedback and finalised. Actions in the masterplan will begin.

Consultative Committee

The Virginia Hill Estate Consultative Committee will provide residents and community groups the opportunity to take part in the project and provide feedback.

The Consultative Committee will have eight to 12 members, to be drawn from estate residents, government, community organisations and other stakeholders.

The Consultative Committee will meet four times during the development of the masterplan, with each meeting having a particular theme and purpose. Each meeting will last about two hours and take place in or near the estate.

Members will be required to attend meetings, provide advice and distribute relevant information within the community.

The Virginia Hill Estate Consultative Committee will be chaired by Maree Edwards, State Member for Bendigo West.

The Department will seek expressions of interest from community members who would like to be involved in December 2019.

Further information

Project contact
Ben Weiner, Principal Project Manager
(03) 9096 8748
ben.weiner@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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