Engaging communities to build stronger neighbourhoods

Resilient Melbourne is working in partnership with stakeholders to plan strong, connected and resilient communities at five residential development sites in Metropolitan Melbourne.

About the Resilient Communities Action

Resilient Melbourne is supporting five unique projects where developers and stakeholders are involving residents in the creation of new developments sites. The aim is to trial and test the idea that if residents are involved in shaping their own residential areas, this leads to stronger levels of community cohesion and resilience.

The Resilient Communities Action is aligned with the objective of Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 to foster ‘inclusive, vibrant and healthy communities’ through participatory development.

The five new development sites are:

  • 393 Macaulay Road in Kensington
  • Beveridge North West
  • Mambourin in Wyndham Vale
  • Olivine in Donnybrook
  • Urban Coup ‘Near and Tall’ in Brunswick

Each of the five sites presents an example of innovation in conventional planning and housing development models, including an inner suburban co-housing development; a rent-to-buy apartment complex, and three greenfield sites including one in the early stages of precinct planning.

The sites are still in the planning process and have yet to be built. Developers and stakeholders are applying participatory development models at the sites to involve future residents in shaping their own communities.

A consortium of academics from across Melbourne will research the Resilient Communities over a five year timeframe, to examine the applied participatory development models and test the hypothesis that engaging future residents in new development sites encourages stronger communities and better resilience outcomes.

Findings of research at the Resilient Communities sites is expected to contribute to new knowledge and insights about the relationship between community engagement, social cohesion and resilience; potentially leading to improved planning in new developments.


393 Macaulay Road, Kensington


Urban Coup 'Near and Tall'




Beveridge North West 

Further information

Alison Whitten, Resilient Communities Portfolio Manager

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