Public housing renewal - Gronn Place, Brunswick West

Gronn Place

The Victorian Government has announced its intention to redevelop the public housing estate in Gronn Place Brunswick West. This project is being led by the Department of Health and Human Services and not by Council.

The renewal is proposed to result in a 10 per cent increase in social housing and add private housing. Information about the project can be found in the DHHS Q & A Sheet  (PDF 185Kb) and on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

The Department of Health and Human Services would like to know what you think and is seeking your ideas about how the Gronn Place estate can best accommodate social and private housing to make it a better neighbourhood to live in.

The Department of Human Services has prepared a sketch plan of the proposed layout of the renewal of the estate. For information about the sketch plan phone 13 11 72 or email Housing Renewal. Input can be provided via the Brunswick West Renewal Survey.

On the 10 May 2017 Council resolved to (NOM20/17 State Government Public Housing Redevelopment):

1. Acknowledge and thank the Department of Health and Human Services for their briefing of Councillors on 24 April 2017 and their subsequent letter to Council, dated 1 May 2017.

In particular we acknowledge that Gronn Place is in need of renovation to improve conditions for its residents.

2. Advocate that:

a) The state government replace all public housing currently at Gronn Place and add at least 50 per cent more public housing on the site.

b) The entire site remain for public housing only.

c) Genuine consultation takes place with the residents of Gronn Place, the local community and Moreland City Council.

d) Any redevelopment of the site be sensitive to the residential zoning of the site.

e) All dwellings at Gronn Place have at least a 7.5 star energy rating.

3. Write to the state members of Pascoe Vale and Brunswick and upper house members representing Northern Metropolitan Region outlining Council’s position and seeking a meeting to advocate for a better outcome for both current public housing tenants and for those who are on public housing waiting lists.

Council's letter to the Minister for Housing, Disability and Aging, Mental Health and Equality (PDF 571Kb).

The Minister for Planning has established the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee to consider the renewal proposals from DHHS. An overview of the program and of the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Committee can be found here. The Advisory Committee process will provide the opportunity for interested people to make a submission.

Contact

To stay informed on the latest progress with this project phone the Department of Health and Human Services on 13 11 72 or email Housing Renewal.