The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of providing more social housing, with 68 new homes to be built in Melbourne’s north.
Following the City of Darebin’s reversal of their opposition to the project, work can now begin on the $20 million redevelopment of the former Huttonham/Stokes Penola public housing estate in Preston.
This public housing site was demolished by the previous Liberal government in 2011, with no plan to replace it, and the land has been vacant ever since. Last year the government announced it would create brand new public housing on the site, built to modern standards to house more people in need.
Contractors will be appointed quickly to build the 68 properties, with the project expected to be completed by the end of next year. The homes will use best practice energy efficiency – with rainwater harvesting, PV cells and a 7 star thermal rating.
This is an excellent site for public housing development, creating more homes for vulnerable Victorians in a location that has great access to transport, health services, community support and jobs. Extensive consultations have been made with the local community about the development.
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