Earlier this year, the Victorian Government identified Council-owned land at Civic Drive, Greensborough, as the preferred location for the Eltham area Community Hospital.

On 26 October 2021, the Nillumbik Shire Council made the decision not to sell the parcel of land at Civic Drive, Greensborough, for the purposes of building the Eltham area Community Hospital.

The Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) accepts the decision made by Nillumbik Shire Council and will not pursue a compulsory acquisition of the site.

The VHBA remains committed to delivering a community hospital to service the community health needs of the Eltham area, and will continue to explore suitable site options.

This page will no longer be updated. Please visit the Eltham area Community Hospital project page for the latest project information.


Overview

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to build 10 community hospitals in major growth areas, including the Eltham area.

The facility will help take pressure off nearby major hospitals, including the Austin Hospital, and enable more people to manage their health needs closer to home. Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will ensure more seamless follow-up treatment and support for those who require complex care.

To seek community input, an online survey ran between 2 and 31 August 2021. This engagement is now closed. Thank you to those who shared their feedback.

About the preferred site

Council-owned land at the Nillumbik Council Facilities Complex on Civic Drive, Greensborough, has been identified as the preferred location for the Eltham area Community Hospital, which will be a small public hospital providing a range of day hospital and primary health care services.

An extensive site selection process was undertaken, that identified several sites, before the preferred location was chosen. Numerous criteria were considered including site features, accessibility for clients, the benefits of the location and planning considerations.

The preferred site has many benefits including:

  • ability to service locals living in Nillumbik and Banyule Local Government Areas by being located in the centre of the Eltham catchment area
  • improves local access to a range of health services so people don’t have to travel out of the area to get the services they need
  • creates a network of services between Austin Hospital, Northern Hospital, as well as the new City of Whittlesea and expanded Craigieburn Community Hospitals
  • the existing surrounding parkland provides a therapeutic environment for patients, staff and visitors
  • excellent road access to Greensborough Bypass, providing easy links to the Western Ring Road and North East Link
  • the opportunity to leverage existing community services including the Nillumbik Shire Council offices, Diamond Valley Library and the Sports and Fitness Centre and activate a vibrant hub of essential services.

This site does not encroach on playgrounds or community sporting assets and was considered to both preserve and enhance the public green space.


We welcome further comments or submissions via email at communityhospitals@health.vic.gov.au


Privacy collection notice

The Department of Health (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. To improve the health of Victorians, the Victorian Government is seeking to develop a community hospital in the Eltham area. This Eltham area Community Hospital will be a small public hospital providing a range of day hospital and primary health care services. The department collects and handles the information you provide in this survey to inform planning for the Eltham area Community Hospital from relevant stakeholders in the area. Participation in this survey is voluntary.

The survey does not ask you to provide any personally identifying information and you are asked not to include such information in your answers. The department will take reasonable steps to ensure there is no personally identifying information in survey responses before analysing and using those responses. As this is an anonymous survey you will not be able to view your survey responses once they have been submitted.

The department will process the data by collating responses and use it to understand stakeholders views on the proposed Eltham area Community Hospital. If you do not provide us with the information requested in the survey, this may limit the department’s ability to use the public’s feedback in the development of the community hospital.

The overall findings of the survey will be published in a report in aggregated form that will be made publicly available. In order to deliver the Eltham area Community Hospital, we may share aggregated survey responses and anonymised comments with external parties such as the governing health service, community health services, local council, other key stakeholders and external consultants.

For more information on the department’s privacy collection practices, please refer to the department’s privacy policy. You may contact the department’s Information Sharing and Privacy team by emailing privacy@health.vic.gov.au.