Public housing (13.03.2014)

Written on the 26 March 2014

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is also to the Minister for Housing, Ms Lovell, and I ask: can the minister update the house on efforts to improve housing outcomes for low-income and disadvantaged Victorians?


Hon. W. A. LOVELL (Minister for Housing) -- I thank the member for her question and her ongoing interest in those less fortunate than us who need the assistance of community and public housing. Over the last couple of weeks I have presided over two very special events in Victoria.

The first of those was in Wangaratta, where I joined the member for Murray Valley in the Assembly, Tim McCurdy, and members of the Teller family of Harlea Properties for the official opening of 45 affordable homes for people aged over 55. This is a really special story.

This private company bought a retirement village that had gone into receivership and wanted to provide 45 of those properties for low-income families. The company formed an innovative partnership with Common Equity Housing and the Victorian government to ensure that people who were on the waiting list for public housing had access to those properties.

Meeting the tenants who are fortunate enough to have gained access to the properties the Teller family has made available was really rewarding. It was fantastic to see business, the government and a housing association working together to provide great outcomes. I congratulate Daniel Teller of Harlea Properties and his family on their initiative.

In Bendigo last week I was able to break ground for a new housing development called the Sidney Myer Haven project. This is a $6 million development that is being made possible through a partnership with the Victorian government.

The government provided $4 million; the Myer family, through the Yugilbar Foundation and the Sidney Myer Fund, has provided $1.4 million; and Bendigo for Homeless Youth has provided $100 000. The remainder of the funding has been made available through the Community Foundation for Central Bendigo and Haven Home Safe.

I joined Baillieu Myer and representatives from Haven Home Safe to break ground on this fantastic new, innovative project that will provide 23 one and two-bedroom units to homeless people in Bendigo. The development of Sidney Myer Haven demonstrates the coalition government's commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness, protecting vulnerable Victorians and building a better Victoria.

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