Victoria Public Housing Waiting List Falls (24.07.2012)
Written on the 24 July 2012Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell today released the statewide public housing waiting list figures which show a significant fall in applications in the June 2012 quarter.
The total number of applicants for the June 2012 quarter fell by 947, from 37,887 to 36,940.
The number of applicants in the Southern Metro Region fell by 192, down by 118 through the Dandenong office, 45 through the Frankston office, 32 through the Cheltenham office, with a rise of three applications through the South Melbourne/Prahran office.
Local MP and Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier said that the results were a culmination of nearly 18 months of hard work in reversing Labor’s legacy of neglect and mismanagement of Victoria’s public housing stock.
“I was present at the opening of the Oxford Street Public Housing in Oakleigh last year and it is particularly pleasing to see that the waiting list at the Cheltenham Office which covers Oakleigh has wiped 32 people off the waiting list”, Ms Crozier said.
“We still have work to do, but our proactive approach has seen the waiting list fall by 4272 from 41,212 to 36,940 since November 2010,” Ms Lovell said.
“Labor’s legacy after 11 years in government was soaring public housing waiting lists and a massive maintenance backlog, but our better management of vacant property is paying off.
“There’s no denying we have inherited a public housing system in crisis from former Housing Minister Richard Wynne, but we are doing everything possible to improve outcomes for Victorians in need,” Ms Lovell said.
The June quarterly report showed waiting lists had dropped across six of the eight regions.
Ms Lovell said the Victorian Coalition Government was working hard to deal with the issues affecting public housing.
“We have reviewed vacancy rates, turnover procedures and times, and are working harder with applicants who have been waiting the longest,” Ms Lovell said.
“The current consultation process underway for the Housing Framework will help to inform decisions into the future, as we work to put public housing on a more sustainable footing.”
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