In December 2021, following extensive community consultation and high levels of community support, Council decided to sell land on Bell Street for the purposes of delivering a health and community services precinct.

The new health precinct responds to identified gaps in key health and community services provided locally, including GPs, aged care, dental, and medical services, which will be provided at the health precinct. 73% of submissions from the community supported the proposal to use this land for this purpose.

You can also read the 8 December Council Report to find out more about this decision.

Council has negotiated with Coburg Health Hub to ensure that:

  • over 50% of services in the new health precinct will be delivered by community providers and not for profits, such as Merri Health
  • the heritage listed bluestone cottage on the site is retained by Council, and upgraded in consultation with Coburg Historical Society
  • the community is given extra opportunities to see and influence plans for the health precinct

Where to share your thoughts

This engagement is an opportunity for our community to inform the design of the precinct, prior to more detailed design and Coburg Health Hub lodging a formal planning application for the site.

It is clear at this stage of the project what the main uses on the site will be. Coburg Health Hub is seeking ideas about other supporting health services and smaller retail uses that may be a priority for the community, and how the health and community services precinct might look and feel.

The Bluestone Cottage and the Coburg Historical Society

Following community feedback through the consultation process in 2021, Council decided to retain the Bluestone Cottage in its ownership and renew the lease of the Coburg Historical Society.

The building will be respectfully restored and integrated into the precinct’s design through the masterplan, in line with its heritage status.

The cottage works will also include the construction of a new annex to replace the Coburg Historical Society’s existing storage facility (which is not fit for purpose), and the creation of a historic garden.

The works to the bluestone cottage complex will be carried out by Coburg Health Hub with oversight from Council and input from the Coburg Historical Society.

Next steps

Following consultation, Coburg Health Hub will finalise the masterplan before submitting it to Council’s planning team.

The community will have further opportunity to provide feedback during the public notification of the planning permit application to Council by Coburg Health Hub for the proposal. This is likely to occur in late 2022.

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