$13 million social housing in South Melbourne 07.11.2012

Written on the 7 November 2012

Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell has joined well known Priest Father Bob Maguire AM to tour his new home, within a 40-unit social housing complex in Bank Street, South Melbourne.


Ms Lovell and Father Maguire marked the official opening of the South Port Community Housing Group apartments with Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier, Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor and representatives from the City of Port Phillip, the Catholic Church and South Port Community Housing Group.


“It’s a pleasure to officially open these 40 new social housing units,” Ms Lovell said.



“They’re self-contained, providing dignified, secure, independent housing for local people.


“It was also a pleasure to meet the tenants, including Father Bob who has been involved in the project from inception.


“Father Bob has a long history of helping others in this community, so being eligible for social housing that helps maintains his ties to the community is a great thing,” Ms Lovell said.


The project cost around $13 million, with $11.94 million coming from the Australian Government’s Nation Building Social Housing Initiative together with a further $1.05 million contribution from the South Port Community Housing Group.


The new, environmentally sustainable apartments were designed by award winning architects Design Inc, and feature full-sized kitchens, ceiling fans, a balcony or courtyard for all apartments, and secure keyless entry.


The property is owned by the Roman Catholic Trust’s Corporation for the Diocese of Melbourne, and managed by the South Port Community Housing Group, a not-for-profit housing agency with a history managing affordable housing in and around South Melbourne.


Ms Crozier said the new homes would be a welcome change for local men and women who had previously lived in bedsits and rooming houses in the area.


“These units will give them greater independence and a sense of security,” Ms Crozier said.


“They also have the added bonus of being close to public transport and the historic South Melbourne Commons precinct.”



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