BUILDING BOOM DELIVERS BETTER HOMES AND MORE JOBS FOR VICTORIANS
The Victorian Government is delivering more homes and jobs in the west and across Victoria as housing upgrades and construction ramp up under a statewide building blitz.
Under the Building Works package announced in May 2020, $498 million has been allocated to repair, upgrade and construct more than 23,000 social housing units across Victoria, with more than 4,700 properties benefitting so far. In Victoria’s west alone, more than $16 million of maintenance and upgrade works have been completed with a new $30 million 74-home social and affordable housing site in Werribee announced today.
The project, a partnership between the Victorian Government and Unison, will create 50 new jobs in the region. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2022.
It has been funded from an $80 million rapid housing response projects investment which will deliver almost 240 homes, and will provide Victorians who need housing support with the safety, dignity and stability of a home so they can live a life they value.
Support services will be provided by Jesuit Social Services and Bolton Clarke’s Homeless Person’s Program in collaboration with Unison and the Wyndham Health Housing and Homelessness (H3) Alliance.
The Building Works package also includes $58 million to deliver brand new, shovel-ready social housing in Reservoir, Balaclava, Dandenong and Hampton Park and $50 million for community housing providers to undertake maintenance and upgrade works on social housing properties they manage or own. The works are on top of the Victorian Government’s landmark $5.3 billion Big Housing Build, which will deliver more than 12,000 new homes and create an average of 10,000 jobs each year over the next four years.
Quote attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne
“Our building works investment will refurbish, upgrade and build more than 23,000 properties across the state, making sure Victorians have access to safe, modern and stable housing.” “Now, more than ever, ‘home’ means security, stability – and staying safe.”
Quote attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“These projects are providing new and improved housing for people in our community as well as valuable employment for local job seekers and businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.”