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Project update

We're planning for the future of social and affordable housing in Bendigo.

We are planning for the future of social and affordable housing in Bendigo. As a part of the $5.3 Big Housing Build, we’re fast tracking the delivery of a masterplan in Virginia Hill over the next 5 years. This investment into regional Victoria will increase the availability of housing where it is needed and provide improved connections and better public spaces for the community to enjoy.

We started planning for the improvements at Virginia Hill in Eaglehawk in 2019 to understand what is important to the local community and what improvements can be made. The start of this consultation helped us prepare a draft masterplan for the future for Virginia Hill and now we want to hear what you think.

The Big Housing Build will invest 25% of the total $5.3 billion program across regional Victoria. This will provide $1.25 billion across regional Victoria.


City of Greater Bendigo.

Design principles

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The project will promote good design, make the most of open space and will incorporate Office of the Victorian Government Architect involvement and expertise in the development of design proposals for the site.

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Environmentally efficient design, meaning the homes will be more comfortable as well as less expensive to heat and cool carrying a 5-star Green Star rating and a 7-star NatHERS average rating.

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The redevelopment will include a range of dwellings including 1, 2- and 3-bedroom dwellings, responding to the changing need of households in Victoria.

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All new homes built by Homes Victoria as a part of the Big Housing Build will have a minimum Silver rating from Livable Housing Australia.

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At least 5% of the new social housing homes will be easy to access for Victorians with disabilities. This includes drop-off areas, paths, lifts and car parking. Inside the home, kitchens, bathrooms and storage will also be very accessible.

Further information is available on the National Construction Code website.

Project timeline

  • Late 2019

    The project was introduced to the community at community events in Eaglehawk in December 2019.

  • Early 2020

    Consultation with the community about what they like about the area and what they want to see improved.

  • 2021

    Consultation with the community and other stakeholders on a draft masterplan.

  • Late-2021

    Updating and finalising the masterplan in response to community and stakeholder feedback.

  • 2022

    Construction begins

Engagement so far

Community feedback has guided the draft master plan. In late 2019 and early 2020, we asked residents and community members for input and feedback.

Participants agreed that:

  • Virginia Hill is well located

  • the road network and public spaces need to be improved

  • the neighbourhood feels unsafe

  • the terrain is hard to walk across

All of the residents who participated agreed their existing homes could better meet their needs.

Read the full engagement report.

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