The vision for North Richmond
North Richmond is home to many vibrant, diverse and proud communities.
Our revitalisation works at the North Richmond housing site are now complete and build on existing programs to strengthen renter and community safety, connection and amenity.
We’re committed to working with the community to better understand how we can strengthen inclusion, celebrate diversity and create a bright future for all residents and visitors.
It's fantastic, we get to play soccer here, we get to have fun.
I come home from school, all I think of is just going to the pitch to play.
I love how it doesn't make my boots as dirty, because it's not actual dirt and I love that the pitch can be used as a big pitch as well as two smaller pitches.
The kids can't wait to come every Wednesday and also whenever there's a match on weekends, we always make sure that we come and watch. Football has become the thing in the family.
Here there's about close to 60 kids training each night. It just turned into something else in the space of like 8 months. It is a great investment and something that we really appreciate.
I love the light. Look at all this, it’s like it’s daylight you wouldn't even know it’s 5pm and it’s all dark.
I think most of the kids will enjoy this pitch because of how freedom [free] it is, and like how many goals there are. [We are] really lucky to have this.
Seeing firsthand the impact of just having things located in communities where people live. [I’m] Such a big believer in sport being a gateway to, you know, feeling part of a team, making friends, just having a lot of purpose. Having somewhere that they need to be every afternoon and on Sunday morning just makes such a difference.
My favourite part is that I'm playing football with all my friends, it feels like family.
Hi my name is Linh. I come from Vietnam and I’ve lived in the Richmond estate for around seven years. I have four kids and we love living here.
So I think the new unit is better quality.
We don’t feel the cold anymore and we don’t hear the outside noise.
We love our kitchen. We enjoy cooking and dinner time together.
Everything is brand new and we have a lot of cupboards so we can put a lot of stuff inside.
We also have a separate quiet room for my kids where they can study, draw things and do school work when they come back from school.
They saw the new playground and asked, “Mummy, can we play in the new playground?”.
Just a month in the new unit has made a lot of difference to my whole family, especially with my kids.
A lot is changing in the Richmond estate that we are very excited to see.
This is the high-rise apartments upgrade project, so we’re currently halfway through re-developing the high-rise apartments on site.
We’ve done about 510 out of just over 1000 apartments.
The work comprises not just aesthetic improvements- new kitchens, carpet, paints, but probably, more crucially, improved thermal qualities for the apartments- secondary insulation, double glazing.
So, over the next six months, we are going to see a whole lot of new assets on the North Richmond site. That’s going to include new playgrounds, new sports areas, a whole range of community rooms and community assets that will really add value to the site. That will take us through to about the end of 2022.
We’ve got new tenants moving into the new apartments and we’ll be getting really good feedback on the improved apartments.
As we go forward with the project, more tenants will be moving into upgraded apartments, rather than standard apartments, so that’s a really good outcome for our tenants.
We call it ‘RORP’, that’s Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds.
Playgrounds such as this one, needs to be pulled out. We now recover it.
It’s the Rotary Organisation, mainly Glenferrie Rotary and their colleagues, on a volunteer basis.
They are packed in containers and shipped to countries that don’t have the opportunity for playgrounds like that.
It started in Sri Lanka, Nepal, a whole range of other needy countries.
Some of the community don’t want to see the playground pulled down, but they’re satisfied when they know it’s going to be reused.
Geoffrey Widmer- Member- Rotary Club of Glenferrie
And they don’t go to landfill. I think that’s really what we come from.
I think Rotarians get a good sense of giving back to the community, but it’s just to see the happiness of these people, to have something that they don’t have normally and to have their group of Rotarians in the host countries putting them back together.
I think it’s got a lot of benefits
What’s new in North Richmond
As part of our site and precinct revitalisation, we’ve delivered new sporting, play and outdoor spaces, as well as lighting, gardens and community room upgrades.
Works have been funded through the Building Works and Maintenance Stimulus package and delivered in consultation with renters and community.
New outdoor gym and recreational spaces with modern exercise and fitness equipment to promote positive health and wellbeing.
New barbecue facilities and recreational areas to provide people with opportunities to get together and socialise.
Brand-new play spaces with modern equipment and rubberised soft fall for children, friends and families to play and socialise in a safe environment at 108, 110/112 Elizabeth Street and 139 Highett Street.
We've re-located the existing 106 Elizabeth Street playground to a new area on the eastern side of the building.
A new multipurpose outdoor activity space that includes a futsal pitch and upgrading the existing rotunda for resident gatherings, exercise and enjoyment.
A new well-lit pedestrian pathway from Lennox Street to Risley Street making it safer, faster and easier to get around the grounds.
Vibrant, accessible and welcoming open green spaces and gardens to promote positive health and wellbeing and community connection, at 106, 108 and between 110/112 Elizabeth Street and 139 Highett Street.
We've upgraded the existing community rooms at 106 and 110 Elizabeth Street to provide residents with modern, vibrant, comfortable and safe spaces to connect, work and engage.
Upgraded foyers at 106, 110, 112 and 139 Elizabeth Street to provide residents with a safe, accessible and welcoming space.
New licence plate recognition entry to ensure priority parking for Richmond residents.
We've refurbished apartments with modern facilities for residents.
North Richmond map of upgrades
North Richmond master plan
We’re working on a plan to inform what the future of North Richmond will look like.
The North Richmond master plan provides an overview of what we’re doing to create connected, inclusive and safe spaces for residents to live and thrive.
It incorporates the various projects that are taking place across the precinct and is informed by the community.
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If you have any questions about these projects or concerns during their construction, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team members will be in touch.
Thank you for your patience while these works are underway and for your ongoing support of the North Richmond revitalisation.
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