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New social and affordable housing development announced for Heidelberg West


The Victorian and federal Labor governments have partnered to deliver 104 new social and affordable homes in Heidelberg West as part of stage one of the Bell Bardia Project.

Minister for Housing Harriet Shing visited the 104-hectare site today to announce the project, which will feature a mix of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom homes designed to increase much-needed social and affordable housing supply for various groups, including those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, pensioners, and victim-survivors of family violence.

The homes will be modern and energy-efficient, ensuring renters are comfortable year-round while saving on power bills. The site’s location, just 10km from the Melbourne CBD and close to schools, public transport, community services, shopping centres, and the Austin Hospital, makes it an ideal location for building more homes.

Planning and design for the project are underway, with the community set to have the opportunity to provide feedback on the plans through consultation scheduled between July and September.

The Bell Bardia Project is part of the Victorian Labor Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build, which has seen more than 9,400 new homes completed or underway, with over 4,000 Victorians moving into their new homes. An additional $1 billion Regional Housing Fund will deliver at least 1,300 homes across regional Victoria, and a further 769 homes will be built in the state with almost $500 million in funding from the federal government’s Social Housing Accelerator.

Minister Shing emphasized the importance of the record funding for social and affordable housing in Victoria, stating that it will help thousands of singles, couples, and families live in homes they can be proud of while creating thousands of jobs around the state.

Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines welcomed the project, noting that the delivery of more than 100 new houses in the heart of Heidelberg West will help more people find a home in the thriving north-eastern suburbs.

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