Housing: our Voices Project

Written on the 17 April 2012

My adjournment matter for this evening is for the Minister for Housing, who is also the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Wendy Lovell. I am pleased to say that the government recently announced details of a $36 000 employment support initiative project called Our Voices, which is aimed at disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the area of St Kilda, including many people who are homeless and those who are not currently working.


The Our Voices project will operate in partnership with the City of Port Phillip and the Department of Planning and Community Development.


It will provide real and practical benefits for some of St Kilda's most disadvantaged people, and it will go on to build public housing tenants' work skills through their participation in a leadership program and through a series of local events and activities. Each project will be in collaboration with local employers and service providers and ensure that training and work experience will lead to continuing employment for many of these people who are experiencing some form of disadvantage.


The Our Voices project will be auspiced by the Port Phillip Community Group and, as I said, delivered in partnership with the City of Port Phillip, the Inner South Community Health Service, the Inner South East Partnership in Community and Health, the New Hope Foundation, the St Kilda Youth Service, the Sacred Heart Mission, the Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service, Gatehouse, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Planning and Community Development.


I am pleased that the Victorian government is committing to tackle the issue of poverty and disadvantage and is providing opportunities for training and employment by undertaking projects such as this. The Our Voices project is keeping with the Victorian government's commitment of a $4.6 million initiative to establish five work and learning centres in locations such as St Kilda with high concentrations of public housing and disadvantage. The action I ask of the minister this evening is that she come with me to visit the Our Voices project and see firsthand the outcomes of the project and what benefit it is providing to those people who are undertaking and participating in the project.

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