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About the project
The Victorian Government is joining with development partner MAB Corporation, and registered housing association HousingFirst, to redevelop the Walker Street Northcote site to provide social, affordable and private housing dwellings.
The redevelopment site at Walker Street will offer increased housing opportunities for more Victorians than ever before, with a range of new and improved housing dwellings. The site is close to schools, transport, employment opportunities, shopping and the central business district of Melbourne city.
The buildings on the site, known as ‘walk-ups’, were built in the 1960s and are no longer suitable for the current needs of Victoria’s social housing tenants and families.
Currently there are 87 dwellings on the Walker Street site. The aged dwellings will be replaced by a minimum of 106 new social housing homes and about 140 private housing dwellings. The private housing component of the redevelopment will help fund the project to establish and grow diverse communities.
The new homes will be modern, accessible, safe, secure and energy efficient, with a 5-star Green Star rating and a 7-star NatHERS average rating.
Benefits of the project include:
- A greater range of housing options for those wishing to make their home in Northcote
- A pedestrian path along the Merri Creek, subject to Darebin Council approval
- A modern and adaptable community room suitable for a range of activities, including an artist’s work studio
- A modern development that meets current environmental, accessibility and design standards
- Retention of as many medium and high-value trees as possible on the site and where removal is necessary, trees will be replaced at a 2-to-1 ratio.
Town planning history
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.
The application was considered by the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee and a report provided to the Minister for Planning.
The Minister for Planning has considered the Standing Advisory Committee's recommendations and approved Planning Scheme Amendment C180 to the Darebin Planning Scheme.
On 29 March 2018, the Minister for Planning approved Amendment C180 to the Darebin Planning Scheme. The amendment applied Development Plan Overlay 13 to the site.
Development partner MAB Corporation is required to prepare a Development Plan for the site and Town Planning Permit Applications consistent with Planning Scheme Amendment C180 and Development Plan Overlay 13.
Demolition works are being undertaken in collaboration with contracted demolition specialists.
The health, safety and wellbeing of surrounding residents and site contractors is a high priority for the department, with measures in place to ensure all works are carried out to the highest safety standards.
Contractors will work across the site methodically, ensuring all works cause the least possible disturbance to neighbouring residents and local businesses.
The department will notify renewal site tenants, local residents and businesses as works commence on the site. All demolition works are carried out by adhering to the highest environmental standards to protect public health and safety.
Community engagement is an important element of the Public Housing Renewal Program. The department has established a Consultative Committee for the renewal of the Northcote site.
The consultative committee is chaired by Kat Theophanous MP – State Member for Northcote.
The committee brings together important community members and representatives of local organisations to ensure effective communication throughout the site renewal. It enables ongoing and two-way feedback through participation with stakeholders and the community.
Members of the committee provide input and feedback on redevelopment plans and identify local issues and matters of concern as they arise.
Committee members will communicate the progress of the redevelopment back to their communities to support the successful delivery of the project.
Meet the Chair
Kat Theophanous MP tells us about herself and her motivations for chairing the Northcote Consultative Committee in her biography:
The latest community newsletter updates on the progress of this important redevelopment project in Northcote:
- Walker Street, Northcote redevelopment site newsletter – May 2020 (PDF)
- Walker Street, Northcote redevelopment site newsletter – May 2020 – accessible (Word)
Development partner updates
The latest newsletter updates from the Northcote site development partner, MAB Corporation:
- Northcote site development partner MAB Corporation newsletter – April 2020 issue
- Northcote site development partner MAB Corporation newsletter – December 2019 issue
More information and contact
Project contact: Katrina Preski, Principal Project Manager email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for project updates or send your questions email: email@example.com