The Bell/Bardia and Tarakan estates in Heidelberg West are 10km from the CBD in the City of Banyule. The estates are close to transport, education facilities, employment, support services and shopping areas.
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About the project

The Bell/Bardia and Tarakan estates in Heidelberg West are 10km from the CBD in the City of Banyule. The estates are close to transport, education facilities, employment, support services and shopping areas. The buildings on the site, known as “walk-ups'”, were built in the 1950s and no longer suit the needs of residents.

These dwellings will be replaced by at least 170 new public housing homes. The new homes will be modern and accessible, safe, secure and energy efficient. The build will meet the needs of tenants today and into the future. The redevelopment may also include a mix of social, affordable or private housing, which will help fund the project and create more diverse communities. A masterplan is currently being prepared to consider the best design outcomes for the site in response to market conditions, while capturing the opportunities for development under the planning controls.

Community benefits of the Bell/Bardia project include:

  • A new north-south open space corridor through the site, linking Mulberry Parade with Bell Street
  • New centrally-located open spaces
  • Well-lit communal open spaces, containing as many existing trees as possible, large enough for a range of activities
  • Retention of as many trees as possible on the site and where removal is necessary, significant trees will be replaced on a two-to-one ratio.

Community benefits of the Tarakan project include:

  • Well-lit communal open spaces, containing as many existing trees as possible
  • Connections to the nearby St Pius Parish and primary school open space and community garden.
  • Design that will encourage and maximise lines of sight and safety
  • Retention of as many trees as possible 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 sites 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 the Planning Scheme Amendments C118 and C150 to the Banyule 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.

The staged demolitions process has commenced across both sites to ensure resident safety and amenity is maintained throughout the process.

Over 80 per cent of all households have been relocated to suitable accommodation through the relocations process to date. All residents will have the right to return to the redeveloped estates under a legally binding deed poll.

Consultative committee

Community engagement is a key element of public housing redevelopment. The Department of Health and Human Services has established a Consultative Committee for the renewal of the Bell/Bardia and Tarakan estates in Heidelberg West.

The committee is chaired by Anthony Carbines MP – State Member for Ivanhoe.

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, contact Mark Corbett on 0447 842 369 or relocations.north@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Further information

West Heidelberg estate residents contact: relocations.north@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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