The Bills Street, Hawthorn site is 6km from the CBD in the City of Boroondara. The site is close to parks, schools, employment and shopping areas.
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About the project

The Bills Street, Hawthorn site is 6km from the CBD in the City of Boroondara. The site is close to parks, schools, employment and shopping areas.

Originally, the site accommodated 52 public housing dwellings. Currently 36 remain after 16 dwellings were demolished in 2011. The current homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s and no longer suit the needs of many residents.

These dwellings will be replaced by at least 57 new public housing homes. The new homes will be modern and accessible, safe, secure and energy efficient, and built to meet the needs of tenants today and into the future. The redevelopment will also include private housing, which will help fund the project and create more diverse communities.

Proposed public benefits of the project include:

  • Tenure blind design
  • Best practice environmentally sustainable design
  • Larger and more accessible apartments
  • 91 per cent local industry content in accordance with Victorian Industry Participation Policy
  • Flexible housing types to accommodate returning families
  • Major Project Skills Guarantee (requires 10 per cent of hours worked to be by apprentices or trainees)

Project timeline

April 2017 to September 2018: Community and stakeholder engagement to inform designs.

September 2018 to October 2018: Site walk event, online engagement and community briefing.

February 2019 to September 2019: Refined concept plan based on community and stakeholder consultation.

End of 2019: Detailed plans submitted to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for formal public exhibition.

Town planning

The site is currently in a General Residential Zone. The Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken a town planning process (known as a Planning Scheme Amendment) to enable the site to be redeveloped.

As part of the town planning process, the Minister for Planning has established an independent Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations on design parameters for the redevelopment, including building heights, setbacks and open space.

The Hawthorn project will be referred to the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee in 2020.

Consultative Committee

In September 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services established the Bills Street Hawthorn Consultative Committee.

The Bills Street Hawthorn Consultative Committee is chaired by Mr John Kennedy MP – State Member for Hawthorn.

The committee will bring together key community members and representatives of local organisations to provide advice on the redevelopment of the site. The committee will encourage residents and groups to have their say on the future of the site.

Members will represent their communities, providing feedback to support the successful delivery of the estate renewal. Members are bound by the Bills Street Hawthorn Consultative Committee Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct.

Further information

Email to register for project updates or send your questions to housing.renewal@dhhs.vic.gov.au