Hawthorn renewal

Last updated: 26 October 2017

Older, rundown housing on the Bills Street estate will be replaced with new, modern, low maintenance homes.

About the project

Hawthorn's Bills Street estate has older, rundown buildings that cost a lot to maintain.

The project will build new, modern buildings and increase the number of social housing properties on the estate by at least 10 per cent. The estate will include private housing, which will help fund the project.

The renewed estate will have:

  • More social housing
  • A mix of social and private housing
  • New accessible homes that suit older residents, people with disabilities, and families
  • A range of housing sizes
  • Better landscaping, outdoor facilities and community spaces.

The new homes

The new homes will be:

  • Built to modern standards
  • Accessible for all
  • Sustainable homes with a seven star energy rating that are cheaper to cool, heat and maintain
  • Better suited to the ongoing needs of Victorians.

For more information on the project, read the Questions and answers about the Hawthorn renewal project (.docx).

If you're part of the Hawthorn community, read the Questions and answers for the community about the Hawthorn renewal (.docx).

Read the November 2017 Public housing renewal program update for residents (.docx).

Sketch plans

For more details on our ideas for renewing the estate:

These preliminary sketch plans are conversation and consultation starters. We welcome your feedback on them - please get involved.

Your feedback will help make sure the designs are in line with the community's needs and desires.

Will I have to move?

People living on the estate will be asked to move while the work happens. This shouldn’t start until late 2017.

You can choose to:

  • Return to the estate
  • Move permanently.

We will pay your moving and utility connection costs.

For more information, read the Questions and answers about Hawthorn relocations (.docx).

Get involved and find out more

We’re talking to residents, neighbours, communities and stakeholders about the best way to renew these estates and make them great places to live.

Your ideas will help us create vibrant, safe and thriving communities.

You can share your ideas:

Public consultations

There are three phases of public consultations:

  • April 2017: Phase one
  • June 2017: Phase two
  • March 2018 (to be confirmed): Phase three.
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