When the Gordon Institute of TAFE consolidated its activities on two main campuses in Geelong, it vacated a prime location on Moorabool Street, close to the centre of the Geelong CBD and within easy walking distance of public transport. This created an opportunity for an urban renewal project that would address the demand for smaller households to meet the needs of Geelong’s ageing population.
Kilgour Place revitalised
Places Victoria was responsible for developing a master plan for the site and obtaining planning approvals for the project. This included extensive stakeholder engagement, with a community-led Development Liaison Group convened to provide input during the process.
The under-utilised former TAFE site is now a humming community featuring:
- A mix of apartment living and inner city townhouses
- Convenience retail
- A central park named after local football legend and ANZAC hero Joe Slater
Kilgour Place demonstrates how place making and quality urban design can be achieved while providing housing diversity and affordability.
Kilgour Place has also created opportunities for the private sector, with the sale of two parcels of land to private developers who will complete the final stages of the project. This includes the sale of the heritage-listed former Gordon Junior Technical College, which is set to be refurbished to provide boutique serviced apartments in central Geelong.
Innovation and awards
With funding from the Nation Building Social Housing Initiative, the project has delivered 30 apartments that are providing affordable rental accommodation for over 50s.