Anglesea Community and Health Hub Precinct Plan

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The McMillan Street precinct is vitally important for the Anglesea community.

The precinct currently delivers a range of community services and programs and several of the buildings have been found to be failing or nearing the end of their structural life.

Additionally, many businesses in Anglesea are unable to attract and retain workers due to a lack of affordable accommodation. There have been many recent examples of businesses either closing or operating with reduced staff or for reduced hours. This adds to the pressures facing businesses and impacts the services available for residents and visitors. 

Council has secured a state investment of $200,000 to undertake a major integrated planning project that will enable Council and the community to reimagine the purpose and use of the precinct and plan for a sustainable community and health precinct of multi-service, multi-agency and multi-functional places and spaces that will meet the needs of Anglesea residents, workers and businesses now and into the future.

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Map key: 1. Barwon Health Services and Anglesea Medical Centre, 2. Senior Citizens, 3. ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna),4. Anglesea Memorial Hall, 5. Anglesea Kindergarten, 6. Anglesea Community Centre, 7. Anglesea Historical Society, and 8. Anglesea Community Garden.

This project aims to deliver a community-endorsed precinct plan and funding strategy for future investment attraction. 



Project Update


Community Advisory Group (CAG) met on 20 March to co design the co design process. That means working with Wayfarer and Red Road Consulting facilitators to design each of the sessions to ensure the end goal is reached and the remit of the CAG is satisfied. It is the remit of the CAG to draw on its technical and lived experience expertise and collaborate with the Registered Housing Agency to consider design and function objectives for the development.

The design and function objectives include; enhancing the unique character of Aireys Inlet, achieving a high standard of Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD), Human Centred Design and bushfire resilience. Additionally the design should assist in promoting health, wellbeing, liveability and safety of residents and neighbours by, for example, aiming to resolve issues related to traffic movement and parking in the street.

To achieve these design and function objectives the CAG will make recommendations on the built form, private open space and the interfaces with public open space. The recommendations will have regard to relevant policy, physical and financial constraints on the project such as site conditions and development feasibility.

In addition to appointing a consultant to the project, the project team has been setting up multi-agency project governance that will include representation across community groups, health and education organisation, businesses, residents etc. 


Following the CAG’s first meeting, the group met with Corrina Eccles, Wadawurrung woman and

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (WTOAC) representative.

Fourteen second and third year architecture students from Monash University also benefitted from the Aboriginal cultural knowledge Corrina imparted about the site and Aireys Inlet, or Mangowak in Wadawurrung language.


The Expression of Interest (EOI) is now closed.

Submissions will be assessed according to objectives and assessment criteria informed by community input collected during phase one of the project.

Submissions will be assessed by a panel of senior officers of the Surf Coast Shire Council and the proponent recommended by the panel will be endorsed by Council at the May Council Meeting. Council reports are published ahead of the meeting and can be found on our

Please note, community members can also participate in Council meetings.

Wayfarer and Red Road Consulting will then facilitate a Design In session with the Registered Housing Agency and the CAG to co create the design concept.

Opportunities to participate will be promoted on this webpage and Council’s social media, Anglesea Life Face Book Page and via local community networks and print media channels.

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Community Engagement Opportunities

Our community engagement timeline:

Phase 1.

February - Project Establishment and discovery

Phase 2.

March - Situation analysis, issues and opportunities, and options paper

Phase 3.

April - Delivery model, concept design, cost and design plan

Phase 4.

May - Draft precinct and cost plan

Phase 5.

May - Final precinct plan and advocacy document

Our community survey has now closed.

We will be keeping this page up to date with our community engagement sessions and let you know the various ways you can participate and have your say.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is Council undertaking a precinct plan for McMillan Street?

Facility audits and multi-agency discussions have identified that some buildings are showing signs of failure and that there is some duplication of current services and programs across facilities. The Department of Jobs Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) Investment Fast Track funding provides the opportunity to improve the integration and functionality of key health, education and community services and test a model of the inclusion of an affordable housing development for key workers within the precinct.

Q. Why consider including affordable housing for key workers in the Precinct?

Many businesses in Anglesea are unable to attract and retain workers due to a lack of affordable accommodation. Many employees have to make lengthy commutes to their jobs in Anglesea. Businesses who cannot find staff are having to reduce their hours of operation which impacts their income and makes it harder for residents to access a range of shops and services locally.

Key workers provide vital services to the community in services like health, education, community safety, etc. as well as services to residents and visitors that are important for the local economy in sectors such as retail, hospitality accommodation, etc.

Key workers typically earn low to moderate incomes and are frequently required to work outside of regular business hours or be available at short notice.

Q. What level of influence will community have?

There are community representatives at each level of the governance structure including the Project Control Group, Project Steering Group and Community Reference Group and community members will have the chance to provide input during each phase of the project. This includes initial community engagement activities that aim to understand infrastructure and service needs and preferences. 

Q. Who will represent the community’s diverse range of interests and experiences?

Anglesea Community and Health Hub (ACHH) land owners and their lessees, auspice groups, etc., service/program providers, ACHH users and broader community.

Q. Why this site?

The precinct planning process will enable a transformative placemaking and infrastructure project that will improve the integration and functionality of key health, education and community services at this vital community hub; and test a model for the inclusion of affordable housing for key workers, supporting employment and the local and regional economy.

The Council and Barwon Health owned site is large – approx. 14,000m2. It is within the settlement boundaries, it is partially zoned residential and any proposed community, health and housing facilities would be developed to be consistent with the character of surrounding built form. Additionally, the site is close to shops and services, employment hubs, open green space and public transport.

Q. What will the community engagement inform?

 Among other aspects of the precinct planning process, community engagement will provide input on:

  • The needs and aspirations of all precinct service providers and users
  • Management and delivery models
  • Master planning of infrastructure and open space requirements, their integration and their connection to external enablers, for example transport.

Q. What will the process deliver and how long will it take?

We aim to have a community-endorsed precinct plan, funding strategy and implementation plan to submit to DJPR in June 2023. Public exhibition and Council reporting activities will likely occur in July and August of 2023.

Q. What is the difference between social and affordable housing?

• Affordable housing is a broad term which includes social housing.

• The term social housing includes public housing, which is state owned and managed housing, and community housing.

• Community housing is housing provided by a registered housing agency or association registered under the Housing Act 1983, or a community housing provider.

• Both social and affordable housing build in, to differing extents, elements of eligibility and subsidy usually set through government policy.

Q. Who would be eligible to live in the affordable housing?  

Local housing need will inform the design of the affordable housing development, as well as key aspects of its management, such as eligibility and level of subsidy.

A starting point for exploration of eligibility and subsidy would be Homes Victoria’s Affordable Housing Rental Scheme [link: Affordable Housing Rental Scheme | Homes Victoria] In regional Victoria, eligibility for an Affordable Housing Rental Scheme (AHRS) property includes being a worker in an essential government funded service’.  People working as nurses, police, teachers and care workers and earning under the specified income threshold would be eligible for AHRS housing.

However, it is worth noting that 35% (approx. 3,300) of jobs in the Surf Coast Shire are based in tourism. Hospitality, accommodation and retail businesses are among those industries experiencing the most severe workforce shortages. 


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