I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their Elders past and present.
As Hawthorn MP and Chair I welcome and thank those serving on this Hawthorn Community Reference Group (CRG): 8 local residents and 8 others appointed from: Access Health, Boroondara Council (Mayor and Riversdale Ward Councillor), Hawthorn and Malvern Hockey Centre Trust, Hawthorn Cycling Club, Servants Community Housing and Victorian Public Tenants Association. Supporting CRG are Homes Victoria (HV) Staff and Hendrik Jacobs as my Chief Electorate Officer. I look forward to working with you.
The Victorian Government’s expenditure of $5.4bn on its ‘Big Build’ of social and affordable housing entails construction of over 12,000 new units including 206 in Hawthorn at Bills Street. Most Australian States have a minimum of 5% of their housing stock allocated for social and affordable housing for those in need of one kind of another. Victoria only has 3% but is now catching up! Whether a mental health or other social issue, a basic step to improving a person’s lot is appropriate accommodation.
My first involvement in the Bills Street Development Project (BSDP) was on 18 March 2019 at a meeting called by Boroondara Mayor and Council Staff to discuss Council’s Urban Design Framework (UDF) for 1-12 Bills St. A document previously issued by Boroondara Council in February 2019 (Council Document) included reference to a Department of Health and Services (DHHS) Concept Plan which it received much earlier in December 2017. The Council Document included “key messages” such as supporting increased public housing but rejecting a 10% increase as “insufficient” and adopting a preferred UDF that restricts building to a maximum of 7 stories and dwelling yield of 228 apartments plus 15 townhouses.
In the intervening years HV has been responding to feedback from community and Council’s UDF. In revised plans:
Bills Street is a very short walk to the well resourced Auburn High and Auburn South Primary which, over 2019-2021, respectively received Government capital and refurbishment grants of $15.63 million and $3.3 million, partly in anticipation of growth in its surrounding area. As a former Principal be assured of my continued deep practical interest.
Equally, as a non-driver and heavily reliant on public transport, I will work to ensure the very best of outcomes for all commuters.
The Bills Street Development is:
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