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The site at Bangs Street, Prahran, is 5km from the CBD in the City of Stonnington. It is close to Prahran and Windsor railway stations, as well as multiple tram and bus routes, hospitals, education facilities, employment and support services, plus the shopping precinct along High Street. The buildings on the site, known as “walk-ups”, were built in the 1970s and no longer suit the needs of residents.
There are currently 120 dwellings on the Bangs Street site in four, five-storey walk-ups. These will be replaced by a minimum of 132 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.
Community benefits of the project include:
- New open spaces
- Buildings carefully designed to make the most of the open space and avoid overshadowing
- Environmentally-efficient design, meaning the homes will be more comfortable as well as less expensive to heat and cool
- Better access through the Bangs Street area for pedestrians, including a pedestrian link running east-west through the site that meets Stonnington City Council’s pedestrian access plans
- Durable, high-quality materials to be used in public spaces (including furniture, surface materials, lighting, and landscaping) to reflect the history and character of the area
The Bangs Street site is part of the larger Prahran Housing Precinct.
In 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services commenced a master planning process for public housing renewal in Prahran. The master planning involved significant consultation with the community and stakeholders.
In December 2016, the Minister for Planning approved the Prahran Housing Precinct Development Plan.
A development partner is now being sought for the Bangs Street project. Once one is secured, the next step will be to prepare a planning permit application.
The renewal of the walk-up public housing at the Bangs Street estate is about to take an important step forward, with the demolition works due to begin in 2020.
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 Bangs Street, Prahran site.
The committee is chaired by Judith Klepner.
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.
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