Victorian Government seeks partners for public housing renewal program

THE Victorian Government has called for community housing associations, design firms, construction companies and financiers to take part in a Registration of Capability (ROC) process as part of its Public Housing Renewal Program.

The sites considered as part of the program are in Northcote, Brunswick West, Heidelberg West, North Melbourne, Prahran and Clifton Hill. The renewal of Flemington estate and Stokes Penola in Preston are also included in the ROC.

Public housing redevelopment in Melbourne
Above: Public housing redevelopment in Melbourne / Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the government, these estates consist of older public housing buildings that are rundown and have high maintenance costs. The multi-storey 'walk-ups' on these estates are inaccessible to people with mobility issues, families with small children and older Victorians.

The new homes to be delivered as part of the renewal program will be built to modern standards and better suited to meet the ongoing needs of Victorians, with more one and two-bedroom homes – which are in highest demand.

The program will also introduce homes for private sale alongside social housing to create a mixture of residents and to help address the growing demand for housing, especially in areas close to transport, education, work and social opportunities.

The ROC is the first stage in the process and allows parties to identify their preferred sites and demonstrate their ability to deliver the renewal project. Following a thorough assessment, parties will be shortlisted and move through to the next phase.

Construction on the sites is not expected to start from early to mid-2018, with residents to be assisted during the temporary relocation and have the right to return to new homes. Further sites in regional and inner Melbourne are expected to be developed in the future as part of the renewal program.

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