Question: South Melbourne Housing Development

Written on the 15 November 2012

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Housing, Wendy Lovell. Can the minister provide details of any innovative social housing developments recently completed in the South Melbourne area?


Hon. W. A. LOVELL (Minister for Housing) -- Last week I was delighted to open the recently completed social housing development at 330 Bank Street in South Melbourne. I was joined at that event by the federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Brendan O'Connor, and also my colleague Georgie Crozier. The development was the vision of the Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the diocese of Melbourne, and it partnered with South Port Community Housing and the federal and state governments to deliver this project. South Port Community Housing Group will support the 40 tenants and it will manage the property.


It will provide a much-needed alternative to the ageing bed-sits and rooming houses in the area.


South Port is a registered housing provider and it manages more than 250 tenancies. It is an independent community-based organisation that is committed to assisting disadvantaged people to avoid social exclusion. This project was funded through the Nation Building program. There was an $11.9 million contribution through Nation Building. A further $1.05 million was contributed by South Port Community Housing, which has also committed to providing a further $2.08 million to fund other social housing properties in the area. That was part of a leverage from this particular development.


The development is made extra special in that it will house one of the major advocates for the project, Father Bob Maguire.


As members will be aware, Father Bob is an institution in the South Melbourne area and has recently retired from his full-time role as the priest of the Catholic parish of Sts Peter and Paul. Father Bob commented that after 150 years of the parish's service to the community, this development continues the long tradition of caring for inadequately housed neighbours. It is only fitting that, after a lifetime of caring for others, Father Bob Maguire is now being given the opportunity of having a safe and affordable home in his retirement.


I wish Father Bob and all the tenants of the Bank Street development well in their new homes. I hope they make a really sound community of these units and that they enjoy the rest of the community that is there on offer to them in the South Melbourne region.

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