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Benalla West

Project update

We’re delivering new social and affordable homes in Benalla West and planning for the future of the neighbourhood with the preparation of a master plan.

The Benalla West project is part of the Big Housing Build with an investment of approximately $30 million, providing more than 45 new homes along with upgrades and improvements made to public spaces in the neighbourhood.

The new homes will be a mix of housing types, including social and affordable. Each home will have a private open space which will be  able to be adapted to suit the needs of the renters. Public open spaces will be upgraded and made safer, with new homes facing onto them, and new play facilities for children.

The design of the homes will be informed by the master plan and future community consultation.

Benalla West Draft Master Plan

Homes Victoria is also developing a master plan for the Benalla West neighbourhood. The master plan is a long-term vision that will guide development and growth in Benalla West. This includes:

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new social and affordable homes 

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new streets and paths  

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quality open spaces 

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better connections to the broader neighbourhood


In 2019 and 2020, you had the opportunity to share your thoughts on future key directions for the Benalla West neighbourhood.

What we heard 

In the feedback received during the key directions consultations, renters and community members overwhelmingly agreed:

  • the existing homes could better meet renter needs
  • the neighbourhood could be better connected to the surrounding areas
  • enhancing public open spaces should be prioritised

The Homes Victoria team has been busy working on the draft master plan, developing designs and plans for the neighbourhood. The draft master plan sets out the long-term vision to make Benalla West a better place to live, with new streets and walking paths, welcoming open spaces and modern homes.

Community consultation now open 

The strongest community plans are community-led.

Consultation is at the heart of the planning process and we will be consulting with stakeholders and the community throughout the project to understand their needs and to make sure that the plan delivers the best possible outcomes.

You can share your feedback to help inform the Benalla West neighbourhood master plan and the design of the new homes:

  • In person: Waminda Community House, 2 - 4pm Thursday 23 November 2023 
  • In person: Benalla Regional Library (Pat Claridge Room) 10 - 11.45am Saturday 2 December 2023
  • Online: Visit the Benalla West page on the Engage Vic website. The online survey closes 11.59pm Sunday 10 December 2023

Community committee

The Benalla West Estate Community Committee, established in February 2020, provides residents and community groups the opportunity to take part in the project and provide detailed feedback. The committee was established following an expression of interest process in late 2019.

Project timeline

  • 2019

    Master planning project introduction

  • 2020

    Initial community consultation on key directions

  • 2022

    Development of the draft masterplan

  • 2023

    Announcement of Big Housing Build funding

  • 2023

    Community consultation on the draft master plan

  • 2024

    Release of the master plan

  • 2024

    Further community consultation on planning and design

  • 2025

    Anticipated start of construction for Big Housing Build