3-15 Shiel Street is a community housing development being delivered by Housing Choices Australia and funded by Homes Victoria as part of the Housing Big Build. The project is located within a cluster of multi-storey developments on the corner of Haines St and Shiel St in North Melbourne and abuts the Victorian Archive Centre site. The project offers a range of affordable Liveable Housing Silver Level compliant residential apartments across 9 storeys. Dwellings are focused around the core amenities of natural light, cross ventilation, and access to a variety of landscaped spaces. Extensive in both variety and size, the 77 apartments include 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, ranging in area between 50m2 and 110m2. A basement offers 30 car parks with extensive bicycle parking facilities also available.
Located in a leafy suburban street in North Melbourne, 3-5 Shiel St is proximate to a wide range of community amenity. North Melbourne Recreation Reserve, North Melbourne pool, Royal Park, multiple schools and the Royal Childrens Hospital, Royal Womens Hospital, and Royal Melbourne Hospital are just some of the local amenity within a short walking distance. Conveniently located public transport options such as the 402 bus stop and North Melbourne and Macaulay Stations allow easy access to locations further afield, whilst cycling lanes skirt the site along Shiel St and tram routes run along Flemington Rd. With a considerate and sensitive street interface and the provision of community housing, 3-15 Shiel St offers a welcome addition to the regeneration of this area.
More information about the proposed development can be viewed at this link: Community Consultation Presentation - Shiel St
An extensive consultation process was undertaken in 2021. The community was provided with the opportunity to provide feedback between 16th September and 18th October 2021, and an online consultation session was held on 29th September 2021. We thank everybody who took the time to attend the session or provided feedback.
A consultation report has been prepared to document all the consultation activities that have been undertaken for this project, including consultation with the community, council, Office of the Victorian Government Architect, utility providers and other stakeholders. This consultation report forms part of the application for planning approval.
The duration, extent and manner in which consultation was undertaken was informed by Homes Victoria’s Consultation Guidelines, July 2021. The overall consultation strategy was developed alongside Homes Victoria to ensure that the consultation process aligned with Homes Victoria’s objectives for high quality consultation for all projects funded under the Big Housing Build.
The final consultation report can be viewed at this link: Consultation Report 3-15 Shiel St North Melbourne
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 3-15 Shiel St North Melbourne where Homes Victoria has granted funding to help Housing Choices Australia deliver this beautiful new project in the City of Melbourne.
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.