The Victorian Government is investing $10 million to improve Benalla West Estate, 2.5km west of central Benalla.

The project’s goals include improving housing, public areas and connections with the surrounding community.

To guide the improvements, a masterplan will be prepared with input from residents, the broader community and other stakeholders.

The masterplan is a blueprint for change, which shows how the estate can be improved in stages over time. It will show how the $10 million will be spent to kick-start the long-term change that aims to make Benalla West a better place to live. 

Project timeline

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on travel and social distancing, we have needed to revise our project timeline. The draft masterplan will now be presented to the community for feedback early 2021.

Late 2019: The project was introduced to the community on 15 December 2019 at the Benalla Community Christmas Party.

Early 2020: Consultation with the community about what they like about the area and what they want improved. Together with technical analysis from a team of expert consultants, the information gathered in the first phase will help form a draft masterplan.

Early 2021: Consultation with the community and other stakeholders on a draft masterplan.

Mid 2021: Updating and finalising the masterplan in response to community and stakeholder feedback. Actions in the masterplan will begin.

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Community consultation

The strongest community plans are community-led.

Consultation is at the heart of the planning process and we will be consulting with stakeholders and the community throughout the project to understand their needs and to make sure that the plan delivers the best possible outcomes.

Phase 1: Consultation on the proposed key directions

In late 2019 we asked the community what they like about Benalla West Estate and what they want improved. We took what the community told us and developed a set of draft key directions. 

In April 2020 we asked the community to help refine the key directions and confirm the issues.

See the issues and proposed key direction in the Benalla West consultative project update:

Phase 1 consultation closed on 16 April 2020. Thank you to everyone who participated.

You can read about what we heard in the Benalla West Phase 1 Engagement Report:

Phase 2: Consultation on the draft masterplan

The previous consultation has delivered valuable insights into how the estate could be re-imagined. Community feedback supported the key directions for change which have guided the preparation of the draft plan. 

In early 2021 we will be presenting the draft plan for community feedback. 

Consultative committee

The Benalla West Estate Consultative Committee, established in February 2020, provides residents and community groups the opportunity to take part in the project and provide detailed feedback. The committee was established following an expression of interest process in late 2019.

Consultative committee members adhere to the Consultative Committee Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct.

Reviewed 01 June 2021

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