The Flemington Estate is 3km from the CBD in the City of Moonee Valley. It is close to transport, education, employment, shopping and support services

About the estate

The Flemington Estate is 3km from the CBD in the City of Moonee Valley. It is close to transport, education, employment, shopping and support services. The buildings on the Holland Court part of the estate, known as the “walk-ups”, were built in the 1960s and are no longer suit the needs of many residents.

Prior to the demolition works, there were 198 dwellings on the Holland Court part of the Flemington Estate. Under the new development they will be replaced by at least 218 new public housing homes in the first stage of construction.

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 may also include social and private housing, which will help fund the project and create more diverse communities.

Community benefits of the project include:

  • A 4,000sqm centrally located park and new playgrounds
  • Potential for a new community garden on the estate
  • An off-road bicycle path along the Racecourse Road side
  • Space for an artist to live and work on site
  • Design that encourages and maximises sight lines
  • As many trees as possible to be retained on the site and where removal is necessary, significant trees will be replaced on a two-to-one ratio.

Town planning and engagement

In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services undertook a town planning process (known as a planning scheme amendment) to enable the site to be redeveloped.

This involved community consultation on an indicative design during the planning scheme amendment process.

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

The Minister for Planning approved Planning Scheme Amendment C177 to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme in March 2018.

You can view the details of the amendment, the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee report and other relevant documents at www.planning.vic.gov.au/shrp

Demolition

The demolition of the Holland Court walk ups is well underway. Stage 1 and 2 have been completed and Stage 3 will be complete in the coming months.

All households were relocated to suitable accommodation through the relocations process and will have the right to return to the redeveloped estates under a legally binding deed poll.

Community Consultative Committee

Community engagement is a key element of the public housing redevelopment. The Department of Health and Human Services has established a Consultative Committee for the renewal of the Flemington site.

The committee is chaired by Danny Pearson MP – State Member for Essendon.

The committee brings together key community members and representatives of local organisations to provide advice on the redevelopment of the estate. It enables ongoing and two-way feedback through an active participatory approach with stakeholders and the community.

Members of the committee provide advice and feedback on redevelopment plans and identify local issues and matters of concern as they arise. Members will provide input and effectively communicate back to their communities to support the successful delivery of the estate renewal.

For further information, please contact Mark Corbett on 0447 842 369 or relocations.west@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Further information

Flemington Estate residents contact: relocations.west@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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