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.
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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 Community Capacity Building Initiative – Community Action Plan

The North Richmond Community Capacity Building Initiative (NRCCBI) was set up in 2019. It will run until late 2022.

The NRCCBI engages with people across the Richmond public housing estate community to:

  • identify residents’ needs and aspirations
  • ensure that new projects and services respond to these needs
  • support residents to have a voice in responses that impact on their community

It is a partnership between:

  • the estate community
  • the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing including Homes Victoria
  • Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House
  • other local partners.

The NRCCBI Community Action Plan summarises the:

  • things we have heard the community say
  • areas that the community sees as the highest priorities
  • early actions and responses underway in the community
  • key partners that will work with community to deliver this work.

The actions in this community action plan are based on community feedback from 2020 and 2021.

This action plan is a living document. Residents can continue to identify new ideas that can make a difference.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact since early 2020. Early actions in the plan have included getting food to people who need it, more cleaning and jobs for residents. These actions have kept the community COVID-safe, healthy and strong.

As we recover from the pandemic, we will continue to work with the community to deliver the actions in this plan.

For more information please contact the NRCCBI team at engagenorthrichmond@dffh.vic.gov.au or call the Richmond Housing Office on 9417 5174.

Download the Action Plan