St Andrew's Bendigo Housing Project
Uniting and St Andrew’s Uniting Church are partnering with the Victorian Government to help deliver safe and secure long-term housing for people in housing stress in Bendigo.
Over 70 new dwellings
Central Bendigo CBD location
Environmentally sustainable design
Giving back to the community.
Addressing the need for community housing in Bendigo.
St Andrew’s congregation has been a part of the Bendigo community since 1854 when they were gifted the land on Myers Street. The congregation benefited from this gift and so, since their 150th anniversary in 2004, the congregation has been trying to find a way to give back to the community.
Currently there are hundreds of households across Bendigo who are waiting for community housing and a safe and secure place to call home. We hope this development will help to fill this need by providing a large number of high–quality, modern, architecturally designed units.
Proposed community housing development.
Our proposed development comprises of 73 new units at 24 Myers Street, through to 90 and 96 Mollison Street, on the under–utilised land around St Andrew’s Uniting Church.
The proposal includes 49 two–bedroom and 24 one–bedroom units over four to five levels close to a range of services and amenities including the city centre, public transport, supermarkets and parks.
We are proposing to:
- Keep the community hall, the church and stables buildings
- Preserve the stand of gum trees central to the site and replace the gum tree near Mollison Street with a stand of Blackwood trees
- Demolish the car park as well as disused and under–used buildings on site
- Construct two new buildings of four to five storeys containing 73 homes for community housing
- Create a new path through the site linking Mollison and Myers Streets
- Put in new landscaping to the Mollison and Myers Streets frontages and within the site
- Have 21 car parks and 81 bicycle parks within the site.
Planning and community consultation.
In the first quarter of 2023, we will be applying for town planning permission directly from the Victorian Minister for Planning.
This follows consultation with the community and City of Greater Bendigo Council about our draft development plans.
We will take feedback received into consideration before finalising our plans. As part of our planning application, we will prepare a report for the Minister explaining how we have considered submissions received.
It is then for the Minister for Planning to consider the community and Council views when deciding whether to approve our application.
Proposed development timeline.
This project is being funded by Homes Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build and delivered in partnership with the St Andrew’s Congregation, Uniting Housing, and Uniting Victoria and Tasmania.