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Heidelberg’s innovative housing development sets a new standard


The Allan Labor Government has unveiled a pioneering social and affordable housing initiative in inner Melbourne, set to benefit hundreds of renters.

At the heart of the revitalization is the Tarakan Street site in Heidelberg West – a former 1956 Olympic Village transformed through a $76.9 million redevelopment into 130 high-quality, design-focused social and affordable homes.

Minister for Housing Harriet Shing, during a recent visit, was introduced to some of the development’s first residents, emphasizing the project’s role in providing much-needed housing for individuals on the Victorian Housing Register.

The diverse offerings of one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes cater to a variety of needs, all featuring amenities such as private balconies, split system heating and cooling, ample parking, and storage facilities.

These homes are complemented by community-oriented facilities, designed to foster well-being and connection, including green spaces, a terrace garden, children’s play area, and barbecue facilities.

Accessibility has been a key focus, with 5 percent of the new homes being fully accessible, supported by amenities such as accessible drop-off zones and parking.

Strategically located just 10 kilometers from Melbourne’s city center, the site enjoys proximity to community services, educational institutions, and the Bell Street Mall, further enhancing its appeal.


Management of the homes has been entrusted to Uniting and the Victorian Affordable Rentals Consortium, offering 67 social housing dwellings and 63 affordable dwellings, respectively.

This initiative is part of the broader Homes Victoria affordable housing developments, promising modern, accessible, and energy-efficient living spaces with capped rent and secure leases.

It aligns with the ambitious Big Housing Build project, underscoring the government’s commitment to enhancing the living standards across the state and contributing significantly to local employment opportunities.

Minister Shing reflected on the project’s significance, stating, “This high-quality redevelopment is the future of social and affordable housing and sets the standard of living that Victorians should expect from new Government-backed developments.”

In parallel, Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines affirmed the government’s dedication to expanding home offerings, “We’re building more homes in every corner of the state that are modern, energy efficient and secure, including right here in West Heidelberg.”

This development marks a notable advancement in the vision for social and affordable housing in Victoria, demonstrating an integrated approach to community well-being, accessibility, and sustainability.

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