The Conversation Continues - 2022

Last year Council presented a proposal to lease the vacant land at 1F Ashline Street, Wollert to provide community housing for local people.

While extensive online engagement was conducted in 2021 during lockdown, COVID restrictions had limited the opportunity for community conversations and in person forums. In 2021 we hosted an online information session about the proposal, during which we received many questions from the community. You can view these questions and responses to each by clicking here.

We understand there are some strong views about this proposal, so we are providing more opportunities for our community to participate in this important conversation. We held some online focus groups in early June 2022 with local residents and an independent facilitator.

We are also holding a Community Drop in session on Saturday 16th July 2022, 11am - 2pm at Kirrip Community Centre. Please see below for further details.

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Community Drop-In Session - 16 July 2022 at Kirrip Community Centre

  • We are holding a Community Drop-in Session to give all Community members an opportunity to drop in and ask questions, give feedback and gain information about our proposal for Local Affordable Housing in the area. There will be multiple stalls, activities and a panel of speakers. More information to follow.

    KIRRIP COMMUNITY CENTRE
    135 De Rossi Boulevard, Wollert
    SATURDAY 16 JULY 2022
    11AM - 2PM

Affordable Housing - Ashline Street proposal


Council is considering leasing the land at 1F Ashline Street in Wollert to a community housing organisation for an affordable housing development to provide homes for local people.

We know access to local affordable housing is important to our community and our research shows that there is an urgent need for 3800 additional affordable homes in our municipality.

Council is working in partnership with the State Government to help create more homes for local people.

Project update - November 2021

Council asked the community to provide feedback on a proposal to lease 1F Ashline Street, Wollert, for affordable housing between September and October 2021 through an online survey and interactive information session. You can watch a recording of the information session on Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsBpwxrA6uY&t=108s Below is a link to a FAQ document with responses to the main themes raised at this session. Unfortunately COVID restrictions at this time limited in-person consultation opportunities.

During the consultation, we heard from many people who had questions and concerns about this proposal. We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to raise and discuss any issues before a decision is made on this proposal so we will be continuing the conversation in 2022, extending the consultation period and broadening the opportunities for people to have their say to ensure we hear from as many people as possible.

Originally, we had planned for this proposal, including the community feedback, to be considered at the December Council Meeting for decision; however, we have postponed this until 2022 to give us time for additional community engagement activities.

A report is planned for the December 2021 Council meeting to confirm the new project time frames and the recommendation to hold additional community engagement activities.

If you would like to receive project updates via email, please contact the Strategic Futures Team at strategic.planning@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

Map of area around 1F Ashline Street

Map of area around proposed development