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1136-1138 Nepean Highway, Highett

Policy objective
To deliver a diverse community that includes spaces to enhance lifestyle and benefit the local community. 


We have commenced planning for the future of the Highett Gasworks site at 1136-1138 Nepean Highway, Highett. Development Victoria is responsible for undertaking urban renewal, property development and major projects on behalf of the Victorian Government.

We are committed to working closely with the community to ensure any future development at Highett Gasworks achieves a balance of environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes.

Between 17 August and 18 September 2020, we are seeking feedback on key themes to gather community insights that will help the project team refine a preferred Development Plan for the site. 

Find out more about our upcoming community engagement activities and take our survey

Our vision
Our vision is for Highett Gasworks to become home to a diverse community. Spaces will be intentionally designed to enhance lifestyle and benefit the local community as well as future residents of this iconic site.

We want to acknowledge the heritage of the site while bringing to life its residential potential. Since the closure of the Highett Gasworks, the 6.3-hectare site has been safely decontaminated and is ready for reuse. The site is mostly vacant, with a brick chimney being the only remaining part of the old gasworks.

6.3ha Project area

10% Affordable housing

11.6% Public open spaces

Preparing a Development Plan

We are now preparing a Development Plan for the site. 

The Development Plan will provide increased clarity about future uses and development that can be expected on the site. All future planning permits approved for the site will need to comply with the Development Plan. The Development Plan, however, does not determine specifics such as detailed architectural design or construction details.

Find out how you can have your say


  • Mid-2019: Site rezoned by the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF).  Read more here
  • August: Community Engagement (Phase 1) opens - testing key themes
  • September: Community Engagement (Phase 1) closes
  • November-December: Community Engagement (Phase 2) - Refinement of the preferred Development Plan.
  • Early 2021: Community Engagement (Phase 3) - Public exhibition of the Development Plan and submission of the Development Plan
  • 2023: Construction beings

Community Engagement update - May 2020

Development Victoria is committed to and values community engagement on our projects.  While our preference where possible is for face to face consultation, we are currently undertaking all engagement activities online. This is consistent with the Victorian Government’s public gathering restrictions in consideration of the safety and well-being of the community and our team. This applies across all Development Victoria projects until further notice.

Upcoming Community Engagement

Between 17 August and 18 September 2020, we are seeking feedback on the key themes to gather community insights that will help the project team refine a preferred Development Plan for the site.  

You can join the conversation by: 

1. Completing our online survey to provide your feedback.

2. Participating in an online session: 
  • Thursday, 3 September 2020, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday, 5 September 2020, 10.00am – 11.30am

3. If you are a near neighbour of the site, you can participate in a small group conversation:
  • Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Monday, 14 September 2020, 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Register your interest here

Next steps
We will carefully consider your feedback along with technical assessments to prepare a Development Plan. We will report back on what we have heard and how your views and feedback have influenced the project. 

In late 2020 we will undertake a second round of community engagement to seek feedback on draft Development Plan and identify how your feedback has been considered.  

Contact us
Email or call the project team on (03) 9021 0601 with your questions and feedback.

Read the project fact sheet