The Victorian Government is proposing to redevelop public housing at Bills St, Hawthorn.


The Victorian State Government is proposing to redevelop the former Bills Street Public Housing Estate for 206 social and affordable apartments. Homes Victoria is the State Government agency responsible for the project.

Council supports a public housing development on the Bills Street site in an appropriate built form manner that includes the provision of information to enable meaningful consultation.

Council is concerned regarding the limited public consultation being undertaken in respect to the project, the lack of detailed information regarding aspects of the proposal such as the built form and the limitations on the scope of feedback being sought.

The site has been identified as part of the State Government’s Big Housing Build program as a “Fast Start” project. The State Government will assess and decide on the project.

We are aware that this project has had a long gestation and is of significant interest to the local community. Key points for you to be aware of and consider include:

  • The redevelopment will include a range of dwellings including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings spread throughout six buildings, ranging between 3 to 7 storeys.
  • 103 social housing dwellings and 103 affordable homes (below market rentals to provide housing for the lower income groups).
  • No sale of public land.
  • Realigned Bills Street will act as a primary pedestrian and cycling connection to existing paths.
  • Vehicle access from Auburn Road with Bills Street blocked to vehicle traffic towards the Robinson Road end.
  • The Victorian Government has determined it will make the planning decisions, rather than Council.

Community Consultation

We are committed to ensuring community voices are heard and encourage residents to get involved.

Homes Victoria  asked for community feedback in March and April 2021 to learn more about opportunities to improve and create integrated connections and welcoming public spaces in the redevelopment.

The Homes Victoria  online survey was open from 15 March to 16 April 2021. 

Homes Victoria is now analysing  feedback and will use it to refine the development plan. The final development plan will be part of the planning application submitted to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.  

Homes Victoria will share how feedback has influenced the final development plans in an  engagement report in May 2021. 

Visit Engage Victoria to learn about the designs and what is proposed.

Public Meeting 13 April 2021

Council held a well-attended public meeting on the evening of Tuesday 13 April 2021 at Hawthorn Arts Centre.

The meeting was organised in response to the shortcomings of Homes Victoria‘s consultation with the local community or Council concerning their proposed redevelopment of Bills Street.

Council calls upon Homes Victoria to publicly release details of the proposed development for meaningful engagement with Council and the community.

A presentation made by Council officers on the night can be viewed here.

Further information

For more information, visit

What you can do

Contact the Minister to voice your concerns:

Minister for Planning

Phone: (03) 8683 0964

Email: [email protected]

Timeline of activities



21 August 2017

The Upper House initiated a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program

9 August 2017

A ward meeting was held where Council and local residents discussed the Victorian Government’s proposal.

3 July 2017

Council adopted an Urban Design Framework for Bills Street, Hawthorn, in response to the proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services


Bills Street Redevelopment - Public Meeting presentation   [PDF, 887KB]


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