Ministerial intervention paves way for new social housing

Almost 60 new social housing units will be built in Footscray and Maidstone to house the homeless after the state government used its powers to fast-track the project.

Launch Housing last year submitted plans with Maribyrnong council to locate 57 new relocatable homes on nine Ballarat Road sites owned by VicRoads.

Maribyrnong councillors unanimously granted approval for the $5 million project, but residents applied to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to block the roll-out of 27 of the units on four land parcels – effectively stopping the proposal in its tracks.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne used his powers to “call in” the project before it reached VCAT on the basis that the proceedings involved a major issue of policy – using surplus government land for social housing.

Star Weekly can exclusively reveal that Mr Wynne will confirm his backing of the proposal on Wednesday (November 1).

“This project is too important to be stymied by delays at VCAT,” he says in a prepared statement. “We’ve fast-tracked the process to ensure the dwellings can be built and community concerns are addressed.”

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