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Delacombe, Ballarat

Project update

We are planning for the future of housing in Delacombe, Ballarat.

We know that the Ballarat community needs more high quality social and affordable housing. The Leawarra neighbourhood in Delacombe has been identified for investment as part of the Big Housing Build.

We will be building more than 150 new modern, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable homes. They will be located within new high-quality streets and open public spaces that better respond to the community’s needs.

Community consultation as part of the master planning process has helped shape the early plans of the Delacombe Big Housing Build.

Community consultation on the proposed project designs is planned for early 2024.

Delacombe master plan

Working with stakeholders and communities, Homes Victoria has developed the Delacombe master plan.

What is a master plan?

A master plan outlines a long-term vision for how an area may grow and develop in the future. This helps provide a shared vision for the neighbourhood, and guides future investment to enable new housing, better connections and high-quality streets and public spaces.

Artist impression of Leawarra neighbourhood, Delacombe

Vision for the Leawarra neighbourhood, Delacombe

Working with stakeholders and communities, Homes Victoria has developed the Delacombe master plan. This master plan shapes the renewal and revitalisation of Delacombe. It outlines the shared vision for new homes, better connections for people and places, and access to quality public green space. 

The homes will be located within a neighbourhood of new high-quality streets and open public spaces that better respond to the community’s needs. Improved access and paths, better lighting, landscaping and areas for social interaction will help to make Delacombe a great place to live in and to visit. 

Conversations with community and key stakeholders will continue throughout the process of developing the Leawarra neighbourhood. 

To find out more about the master plan and how the community has shaped the plan, visit Engage Victoria.  

Download the master plan

What you need to know

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The project is located on Homes Victoria land in Delacombe, 5km from the Ballarat town centre.

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The Victorian Government is investing $50.3 million in the development at Delacombe, Ballarat.

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The Big Housing Build project will deliver more that 150 new homes for Delacombe.

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The development includes a mix of 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable new homes.

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The development will include 5% of Disability Discrimination Act fully accessible homes.


City of Ballarat 

Design principles

  • 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
  • Environmentally efficient design; the homes will be more comfortable as well as less expensive to heart and cool. They will carry a 5-star Green Star rating and a 7-star NatHERS average rating
  • The redevelopment will include a range of housing types including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom homes, responding to the changing need of households in Victoria
  • 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
  • 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.

Current and upcoming works

Site establishment works: March 2023 – Mid 2023 

Start date: March 2023

Duration: 7 months

Details: Contractors will be on-site in early March to carry out site inspections and a land survey. 

Land survey works include measuring existing ground levels, geotechnical investigations, and locating underground services, including sewer, gas, electricity, telecommunications and water. 

What to expect:

  • You may see contractors walking around the Delacombe neighbourhood. 
  • Contractors will be using surveying tools such as tripods, GPS equipment and survey drones. 

Start date: March 2023 

Duration: 6 months 

Details: Demolition works will start in March as we begin to prepare the site for new housing in Delacombe. 

The demolition process involves: 

  • Safe removal of asbestos using specialised asbestos removalists.  
  • Demolition of existing houses and all above-ground structures.
  • Minor ground excavation to remove underground pipes and services.  
  • Increase in truck movement as debris is removed from the site. 

Temporary fencing will be installed around the demolition site during the works. 

All demolition works will be carried out safely and we will do our best to minimise inconvenience for residents. 

At times there may be:  

  • Local traffic changes 
  • High-level noise 
  • Dust 
  • Medium level vibration 
  • Heavy machinery operating 

Contractors will use control measures, such as dust suppression and noise reduction equipment, to reduce impacts as much as possible. 

Start date: March 2023 

Duration: 4 months 

Details: The soil replacement works involve:  

  • Removal of an area of contaminated soil and replacement with clean soil.  
  • Temporary fencing will be set up around the areas where removal works are being undertaken. 

You can expect: 

  • Noise  
  • Dust  
  • Medium level vibration  

The contractor will minimise these impacts by using appropriate industry methods such as water hosing to reduce dust and installing shade cloth on the fencing.

The soil replacement will be safely managed by an experienced removalist in accordance with WorkSafe Victoria and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) guidelines and regulations.


  • Project introduced to community on 29 November 2019

    Late 2019

  • Consulted with community about the area

    Early 2020

  • Consulted community and stakeholders on draft masterplan


  • Development of final master plan


  • Site works and release of final master plan


  • Community consultation on Big Housing Build


  • Construction commences


  • Project completion


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