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Your voice matters: Putting community at the centre of High-rise redevelopment

They say every big journey begins with a single step, well Homes Victoria is taking the important first step with local communities as we move towards retiring our 44 older high-rise housing towers.

The first step of the High-rise redevelopment project is all about working with renters.  

Homes Victoria CEO Simon Newport said Homes Victoria is committed to “genuine, inclusive and timely engagement” with renters and the broader community.

“Renter health and wellbeing is our priority,” Mr Newport said.

"We are engaging with all impacted renters in a respectful and tailored way in order to better understand each households’ specific needs.  

The first high-rises due for redevelopment by 2031 as part of the High-rise redevelopment program are:

  • 120 Racecourse Road, Flemington
  • 12 Holland Court, Flemington
  • 33 Alfred Street, North Melbourne
  • 20 Elgin Street, Carlton (By 2028)
  • 141 Nicholson Street, Carlton (By 2028)

Mr Newport said Homes Victoria has already begun meeting with renters to listen and understand their individual and household needs and circumstances and to provide renters with information, support and relocation options.

“Our first ‘town hall’ workshops are now beginning, which puts renter’s voice at the heart of the program. Senior departmental leaders will be there to make sure our residents get to ask questions, and gain more certainty on next steps, and tell us what needs more work”.  

“Renters will always have somewhere to live as we work to retire the towers and redevelop the sites,” he said.  

“And every tenant living across the 44 towers will be guaranteed a home while the redevelopment rolls out.”

About the High-rise redevelopment project

High-rise redevelopment is a long-term project that will be gradually delivered over the coming decades.

Renters of all 42 high-rise public housing towers (two towers are already vacant) will be supported to move to suitable alternative housing.

“We’ll be asking households to nominate their preferences for where they want to live,” Mr Newport said.  

“All households will be provided with reasonable housing offers based on renter needs and in line with cultural considerations. This will be balanced with the need to build new and better homes in the coming months and years.”

As work progresses towards retiring our older high-rise towers, we are here to understand and respond to questions.

More information on the High-rise redevelopment project

For more information visit the High-rise redevelopment landing page, call 1800 716 866 where interpreters are available or email enquiries@homes.vic.gov.au  

Times and dates for community information pop-ups will be on our website and in building foyers.  

For a list of frequently asked questions, visit the High-rise redevelopment FAQ page.

For information in languages other than English, visit our translated resource page.

Stay up to date with High-rise development , including community consultation events, project updates and more by signing up to the High-rise redevelopment mailing list here.

Read more Homes Victoria news, including project updates and stories from our renters here.