About the project
Homes Victoria is planning to redevelop the Barak Beacon housing site to provide more Victorians with a safe, secure place to call home. Redeveloping this site will create more high-quality homes and rental opportunities in Port Melbourne to help tackle housing affordability.
The old social housing dwellings at Barak Beacon had aged and were not fit for purpose. That’s why we’re planning to replace them with 408 quality new 1-, 2-, 3- & 4-bedroom homes that include a mix of social, affordable, market rental and specialist disability accommodation.
The redevelopment will achieve a 46% increase in social housing as well as improved landscaping and open spaces that will complement Port Melbourne’s diverse and active communities.
New homes at Barak Beacon will be delivered under a Ground Lease Model, where Homes Victoria leases the land to project partner Building Communities to finance, design, build, manage and maintain the new housing over a 40-year term. This means that all the land remains in public ownership. There will be no sale of public land.
Did you know?
The 21,000 sqm site at Barak Beacon is located just 3km from Melbourne’s CBD in the inner suburb of Port Melbourne in the City of Port Phillip. The site has land capacity to provide more homes for more Victorians, and is ideally positioned close to public transport, jobs, and community services. (View on the map.)
The new homes at Barak Beacon will include 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom homes to better meet housing demand in Victoria. Future housing at Barak Beacon will also include flexible design features that enable the mix of bedrooms in homes across the development to be adapted over time to accommodate changes in housing demand.
New homes at Barak Beacon will include specialist disability accommodation.
New social housing at the site will be more comfortable and less expensive to heat and cool with a 5-star Green Star rating, and 7-star NatHERS average rating.
The redeveloped Barak Beacon site will better integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood and provide quality spaces that the wider community can enjoy.
The project at Barak Beacon and the other Ground Lease Model sites located in Hampton East, Prahran and South Yarra will support approximately 7,600 jobs across the economy.
Between June and July 2022, we hosted stage one community consultation to encourage early ideas to shape the future of the site.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this consultation process.
- a community drop-in session,
- community focus group,
- an online survey,
- and targeted interviews and meetings with key stakeholders.
In early 2024 we will carry out a second stage of community consultation in accordance with Clause 52.20 of the Port Phillip City Council Planning Scheme .
What happens next?
In early 2024 we will start Stage 2 community engagement to talk with the community about proposed future plans for Barak Beacon, once they are available.
Community engagement on this project will be carried out in accordance with Clause 52.20 of the City of Port Phillip planning scheme. Clause 52.20 is a streamlined planning process that facilitates development of new housing through the Victorian Government’s Big Housing Build initiative.
This process removes the standard planning notice and appeals processes. The planning application will be decided by the Minister for Planning.
Residents at Barak Beacon supported to relocate
December 2021 onwards
Stage 1- community consultation
Enabling works commencement
Appointment of project group to deliver project
Stage 2 - community consultation
Main works construction commencement (pending approvals)
By end of 2026
Renters welcomed back to new homes
From late 2026
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