March 29, 2018

Better Public Housing for Victorians in Heidelberg West

The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to deliver more social housing and revitalise communities by redeveloping rundown public housing estates has reached a new milestone.

Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines today announced that, following successful planning scheme amendments, new public housing properties for tenants at Brunswick West, North Melbourne, Heidelberg West, Brighton, Northcote and Flemington are a now a step closer.

The Public Housing Renewal Program aims to replace old public housing with new properties that are comfortable, modern and more secure — giving tenants the homes they deserve.

Under the former Liberal-Nationals Government, public housing waiting lists blew out. We are turning this around by building more housing for Victorians who need it the most.

The new housing will be accessible for people with disability and mobility issues, feature new green spaces, and will meet the growing demand for one and two-bedroom dwellings — but with flexibility to convert to bigger dwellings to accommodate larger families.

The Labor Government has guaranteed all residents can return to the estate after construction is complete.
All new homes will be seven-star energy rated — making them cooler in summer and warmer in winter — and conform to the Better Apartments Design Standards.

This will be enshrined in updated tenancy agreements with the Director of Housing, which are legally enforceable documents.

A tenant’s rent will be calculated in the same way, and they will remain public housing residents with secure tenancies.

At every estate, the renewal program will deliver an increase in the amount of public housing and make homes more affordable for all Victorians through creation of housing for eligible first home buyers.

There are currently more than 36,000 people on the Victorian Housing Register.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines

“By redeveloping our rundown public housing estates, we are ensuring more Victorians have the modern, accessible and secure homes they deserve.”

“For too long tenants have been forced to live in appalling conditions. We are changing the broken model of public housing, revitalising communities with a broader social mix and delivering better outcomes for Victorians.”