Providing services in town and regional planning, traffic engineering, sustainable transportation planning, urban design and waste management.


Planning & Traffic

Richmond Hill

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  • Client

    Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS)

  • Council

    Yarra City Council

  • Location

    Richmond Hill

  • Contact

    William Bromhead


The Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) has worked with Ratio Consultants to receive planning permission from the Yarra City Council to begin construction on the MITS Alumni Boarding House for Boys, a project to be led by McIldowie Partners Architects.

Located at 371 Church Street, the new 40-bed residential boarding house will generate more future-facing opportunities for the indigenous students travelling to Wurundjeri Country from remote and regional areas in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Engaged as consultants on the project in mid-2020, Ratio appreciated the site’s opportunities and constraints. Our planners worked closely with MITS and the project architects – McIldowie Partners – to articulate the merits of the project. A key to housing students was to receive permission to exceed the otherwise mandatory building height – this was confirmed by VCAT. The application required careful consideration of amenity impacts to surrounding dwellings, heritage sensitivities, protection of large street trees and landscaping that provides a place for students to feel at home.

Following the injection of $10 million funding from the Morrison-McCormack Government, MITS has secured a 40-year lease on the Richmond Hill site which is situated a short distance from its sister building, the MITS Alumni Boarding House for Girls, established in 2020.

Slated to open its doors in 2022, the MITS Alumni Boarding House for Boys will provide its students in years 8 to 12 with a culturally connected home base from which they can commute to schools in surrounding locales.  

Ratio is thankful for its strong partnership with the Yarra City Council Planning Department and their support of MITS’s mission. We eagerly anticipate the planned construction of the Alumni Boarding House for Boys. 

Image: McIldowie Partners Architects

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