Tarakan Street is located 10km from the city centre of Melbourne in the City of Banyule.

The renewal of Tarakan Street in Heidelberg West will replace old housing that does not meet the needs of those who live there with well designed, attractive homes that improve the local area. 

The design of the new site incorporates input from the community and will feature modern sustainable design with improved open space and other features that everyone can enjoy.

The design proposes a combination of townhouses and apartments throughout the buildings. 


City of Banyule.

Key features

  • Safe and publicly accessible open and green spaces, retaining as many existing trees as possible, are a key feature of the redevelopment. This will demonstrate clear visual and movement linkages between the public domain such as streets, footpaths, bicycle paths, and public open spaces.
  • Connections to the nearby St Pius Parish and primary school open space and community garden.
  • The project will promote good design and will incorporate Office of the Victorian Government Architect involvement and expertise in the development of design proposals for the site.
  • Environmentally efficient design, meaning the homes will be more comfortable as well as less expensive to heat and cool carrying a 5-star Green Star rating and a 7-star NatHERS average rating.
  • The redevelopment will include a range of dwellings including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes, responding to the changing needs of Victorian households.
  • All new homes built by Homes Victoria as part of the Big Housing Build will have a minimum Silver rating from Livable Housing Australia.
  • At least 5 per cent of the new social housing homes will be easy to access for Victorians with disabilities. This includes drop-off areas, paths, lifts and car parking. Inside the home, kitchens, bathrooms and storage will also be very accessible.
  • Further information is available on the National Construction Code website or you can send an email enquiry to

Consultation on the masterplan

Through the planning scheme amendment process the community has shared valuable feedback on how the design of the sites should provide open space, increased accessibility and safety and sustainable design features. The community feedback has been incorporated into the draft masterplans for each site and is underpinned by the department’s principles to masterplan development which includes:

  • Providing strong connections through sites
  • Retaining trees where possible
  • Maximising building heights adjacent to Bell Street and Melbourne Polytechnic 
  • Creating a residential scale along local streets

View the draft masterplans and project update for further details:

Town planning and past engagement

In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services undertook a town planning process (known as a planning scheme amendment) to enable the sites to be redeveloped.

This involved community consultation on an indicative design during the planning scheme amendment process.

As part of this process, the Minister for Planning established the independent Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations on design parameters for the redevelopment, including matters such as building heights, setbacks and open space.

The Minister for Planning approved the Planning Scheme Amendments C118 and C150 to the Banyule Planning Scheme in March 2018.

You can view the details of the amendment, the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee report and other relevant documents at social housing renewal page of the Victorian Government planning website. 

The staged demolitions process has commenced across both sites to ensure resident safety and amenity is maintained throughout the process.

The next steps for the redevelopment of the Heidelberg West site will involve the preparation of a development plan and planning permit application that is compliant with the planning controls established for the site. A masterplan has been prepared to consider the best design outcomes for the site, incorporating feedback from past consultation. 

Consultative Committee

Community engagement is a key element of the project. 

The Consultative Committee, chaired by Anthony Carbines MP, State Member for Ivanhoe, brings together key community members and representatives of local organisations to provide advice on the redevelopment of the sites. It enables ongoing and two-way feedback through an active participatory approach with the local community, tenants and affected stakeholders. 

All members of the committee provide advice and feedback on redevelopment plans and identify local issues and matters of concern as they arise. Members of the committee are tasked with communicating the progress of the redevelopment back to their communities to support the successful delivery of the project.

Construction partners

To be announced.

Contact us

Email to register for project updates or send your questions to

Translation service

For languages other than English, please call 131 450.

Download factsheet

Reviewed 31 May 2021

Was this page helpful?