The Victorian Office of Housing required plans for housing renewal for four towns in the Latrobe Valley and specific urban design improvements in the target neighbourhoods with a budget of $17million.
SGS prepared a strategy drawing on extensive input from residents and stakeholders (including staff from Office of Housing, Latrobe City Council and other participating agencies). The final plan received strong support from all levels and was adopted with few modifications.
It is expected that the plan will continue to ensure that housing need is met in the Latrobe Valley with a better balance of stock, size, type, more appropriately distributed across the communities, while reducing the stigma and improving desirability in the target neighbourhoods. Early indications are that property values have already risen as a result of the neighbourhood renewal initiatives.