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:
new social and affordable homes
new streets and paths
quality open spaces
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
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.
Master planning project introduction
Initial community consultation on key directions
Development of the draft masterplan
Announcement of Big Housing Build funding
Community consultation on the draft master plan
Release of the master plan
Further community consultation on planning and design
Anticipated start of construction for Big Housing Build