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1-5 McKenzie St, Belmont

Proposed Development

Housing Choices Australia is redeveloping the site at 1-5 McKenzie St, Belmont into 29 community housing apartments within two double storey buildings. The development will predominantly support ageing residents to live independently within a community.

All dwellings achieve a very high environmental performance with cross ventilation, good orientation, inherent shading, thermal mass, double glazing, water efficient fixtures, re-circulated rainwater and minimum impact material specifications. Wholly the development achieves 100% storm water capture and on-site harvesting and the opportunity to be carbon neutral in operation through a significant PV system. Apartments are designed to Liveable Housing Australia Silver Level compliance, 7-Star NatHERS average and 5-star GreenStar.

The landscape design is critical to the living experience and environmental performance of the project. The gardens are integrated and site responsive and each dwelling enjoys a connection to the surrounding landscape either by direct access or aspect. The communal gardens are for congregation, food production and the enjoyment of residents for years to come.


A consultation report has been prepared to document all the consultation activities with the community and the local council which were undertaken for this project. This consultation report formed part of the application for planning approval.

The final consultation report can be viewed at this link: Consultation Report: 1-5 McKenzie Street Belmont

Next steps

The Planning Application has been deemed consistent with Clause 52.20 of the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme, and has been approved by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Construction will commence in early-mid 2022.

Any inquiries related to this development can be submitted using the form below.

The Big Housing Build

In 2020 the Victorian Government announced the largest social and affordable housing building program in Victoria’s history - the $5.3bn Big Housing Build. More than 9,300 new social housing properties will be built or replaced, and more than 2,900 affordable housing properties built over the next 4 years. The initiative will deliver 9000 construction jobs across Victoria.

The Big Housing Build is overseen and managed by Homes Victoria, the State government agency charged with supporting Victorians to secure stable, affordable housing that will enable them to live their best lives and ensure Victoria has a sustainable housing system that will deliver for future generations of Victorians.

Homes Victoria is working with the construction, property development and building sectors, the community housing sector, local Councils, a range of not-for-profit services providers and the broader community to maximise the social and economic benefits for the whole Victorian community.

In September 2021 the Victorian Government announced 89 residential development projects that will deliver 2352 social housing homes for Victorians across Melbourne as part of the Big Housing Build.

One of these projects is 1-5 McKenzie St Belmont where Homes Victoria has granted funding to help Housing Choices Australia deliver this beautiful new project in the City of Greater Geelong.

What is community housing?

The community housing sector is a long standing and vital component of the overall Australian housing spectrum - alongside public and private housing. ‘Social housing’ is an umbrella term that includes both public housing and community housing. It generally indicates housing that involves some degree of rental subsidy. Public housing is owned by the State and managed by Homes Victoria. Community housing is owned or managed by non-government, not-for-profit, registered housing agencies like Housing Choices Australia and many others.

Community housing providers are regulated by the Victorian Housing Registrar and hold specialist expertise that covers property development, property management, tenancy management and community development. They provide safe and secure homes primarily to those who live on low incomes, very often living with some kind of disability. Community housing providers have decades of experience and are committed under their charters to deliver safe, secure and affordable homes to low-income renters, help residents maintain stable tenancies and ensure they have access to support services that can improve their circumstances and life opportunities.

Who lives in community housing?

Over 20,000 Victorian households currently live in community housing-owned and managed homes and come from all walks of life - single people, couples, young families, older women, newly arrived Victorians and people living with a disability.