Companies shortlisted for Liveable Nillumbik project

Published on 16 September 2016

Council building

At Tuesday night's Ordinary Council Meeting, Council shortlisted two companies to progress to the next stage of the Liveable Nillumbik community housing project in Hurstbridge.

Liveable Nillumbik is the diverse and accessible housing project located in Hurstbridge at the former secondary school site.

It has been earmarked for many years as being the ideal location in Nillumbik to provide some much needed homes for people to downsize to so residents can remain in their local area as they get older.

A strict set of criteria was created for the companies that applied for this project and they demonstrated that they have had experience with similar housing projects, are committed to sustainable and environmental practices, and understand the disability requirements and principles.

Most important, though, is the need for this community housing project to reflect the unique character of Hurstbridge and these two companies have provided evidence of being able to do that.

We appointed external experts to the evaluation panel to help make the decision as to which companies should be shortlisted to go through to the next stage.

These experts are Dr Sean McNellis (Swinburne University) – Social Housing Representative, Mr Steve Thorne (Design Urban) – Architect/Urban Design Representative, Mr Nick Haines (Matheson Stephen Valuations) – Property Valuation Representative, along with the Panel provided a detailed report to Council about the companies that applied for the development opportunity.

The two companies will now be required to provide detailed design drawings of the development that will be further assessed against the evaluation criteria and weightings which were endorsed by Council earlier this year.

They will also provide Council with details about how they plan to market the properties. It is anticipated that this will take place between October and February 2017.

Council is also planning for the Graysharps Road precinct. A number of meetings have already been held with various community groups to seek their view on the future for the Graysharps precinct area. Further Precinct Masterplan stakeholder workshops will be held in November and December 2016.

Subject to Council endorsement, the draft Precinct Masterplan will also be placed on public exhibition early in 2017. Submissions on the Masterplan will be presented to a future Council meeting.

Liveable Nillumbik is an important project for Hurstbridge and the whole of the Nillumbik community.

Council wants to make sure that our residents who are looking for fully accessible, sustainable and manageable properties can stay in the Shire.