North Richmond Precinct Engagement

The Victorian Government, working with the City of Yarra, North Richmond Community Health and our other partner agencies, has established a formal engagement process to provide ideas and improvements to the North Richmond precinct.

The North Richmond Precinct Community Committee and three supporting Reference Groups will provide a formal opportunity for people that live in, work in or regularly visit the North Richmond precinct to shape future directions and investments in the community. 

The reference groups are contributing in the areas of:

  • Safety, Neighbourhood and Amenity 
  • Economic Revitalisation and Inclusion  
  • Community Participation and Health and Wellbeing.

Improving local amenity in North Richmond was identified as an area for focus in the recent independent review of the first two years of the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room trial. 

Building on existing work to improve access to health services, increase security and enhance amenity and street cleanliness in the area, the Victorian Government recently announced $9 million towards precinct improvements, including $3 million to support projects identified in partnership with the local community.

The North Richmond Precinct Community Committee will be co-chaired by former Police Commissioner, Ken Lay AO APM and former chair of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local resident, Cheryl Batogol PSM.

They are guiding a program of community engagement activities and working closely with the three reference groups to create a united and focused approach on issues of importance in North Richmond. The committee is also advising on opportunities to build local skills and nurture community leadership.

How can I be involved?

Local representation is vital to making this process work. Local business and community members were invited to express their interest in joining the new committee and the reference groups. 

These roles present an exciting opportunity to collaborate with community, identify key priorities, engage with government and positively shape local outcomes.  

The committee and reference groups will meet at least four times a year. In addition to these meetings, there may be other commitments to achieve the objectives of the committee and/or reference groups. 

All meetings and activities will be held online as per advice from the Chief Health Officer and Victorian Government requirements. Meetings will move to face-to-face when it is safe to do so.

The new committee and the reference groups will play a significant role in advising on strategies to support the $3 million in funding for neighbourhood renewal projects. 

Expressions of interest to recruit to the business and community member positions are now closed. 

Over the coming months there will be more opportunities to be involved, including through our Engage Victoria webpage.

If you have additional questions please email EngageNorthRichmond@dffh.vic.gov.au or call Chris Newland, North Richmond Precinct Manager on 0427 226320

North Richmond Precinct Community Projects Fund – Round 1 Announcement of successful projects

The North Richmond Precinct Community Grants Program is funded under the Government’s $500 million Housing Building Works package dedicated to creating thousands of jobs and boosting Victoria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, almost $9 million has been allocated to undertake neighbourhood renewal in North Richmond.

The community projects are a key part of the North Richmond Precinct engagement program of work ensuring that people who live and work in North Richmond are engaged in the design and implementation of local initiatives and responses.

Thank you to everyone who voted in Round 1 of the North Richmond Precinct Community Projects Fund.

We received an overwhelming response from the community, with all 21 projects receiving strong support.

We would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment shown by all the community members and partner organisations who submitted a broad range of project ideas that they felt would make North Richmond a better place to live.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 12 successful applicants who will share in $1.5 million to help make their projects a reality in 2021-2022:

  • Women's Health Economic and Inclusion Project
  • Moon Lantern Festival
  • Lennox St Market 
  • Youth Homework Club
  • Recycle and Reuse
  • Let's Keep Cooking
  • Outdoor Gym
  • Intergenerational Recreation Space
  • Community Referral and Support Service
  • Festival of Women
  • Migrant Strengthening through Engagement and Arts
  • Victoria St Alive

We will keep you updated on the progress of these projects over the coming months. We will also let you know about any additional opportunities relating to the North Richmond Precinct.

The North Richmond Precinct Community Grants Program is funded under the Government’s $500 million Housing Building Works package dedicated to creating thousands of jobs and boosting Victoria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, almost $9 million has been allocated to undertake neighbourhood renewal in North Richmond.

The community projects are a key part of the North Richmond Precinct engagement program of work ensuring that people who live and work in North Richmond are engaged in the design and implementation of local initiatives and responses. 

North Richmond Precinct Community Leadership Program 2021

Registrations for the North Richmond Precinct Community Leadership Program 2021 have now closed.  If you have any questions please email engagenorthrichmond@dffh.vic.gov.au.

Calling on passionate North Richmond Precinct community members to take part in the upcoming North Richmond Precinct Community Leadership Program.

Funded by the Department of Families, Fairness & Housing, Track C Consulting will facilitate this program in collaboration with local partners and service providers.

The program is provided free of charge. Anyone who works, lives, volunteers, studies or has strong connections with the North Richmond Precinct can apply to take part in this program.

We are keen to hear from all community members in the local area who have a passion to:

  • build a stronger and inclusive community
  • expand their local connections
  • strengthen their leadership skills
  • test their ideas for a local community project and/or 
  • explore pathways for further training and economic independence.

Dates for information sessions to be announced shortly. In the interim, please contact Pirooz Jafari, Track C Consulting on 0431 833 225 or at info@trackc.com.au for more information.

If you have any questions please email: EngageNorthRichmond@dffh.vic.gov.au