SA Labor pledge on affordable housing

The South Australian government has announced two major housing initiatives ahead of the state election on Saturday.

Labor has targeted aspiring home owners and those who rely on public housing in a $150 million pledge ahead of Saturday’s South Australian election.

Premier Jay Weatherill says the government will replace 600 old and outdated public housing properties, creating 500 jobs.

The promise comes on top of the 1000 homes already under construction as part of a previous budget commitment.

Mr Weatherill says the construction program will create work across the building trade.

“Electricians, bricklayers, plumbers, everybody that gets involved in a house, we want to make sure they have a continuous pipeline of work,” he said.

“There are ups and downs in the private market, but the public investment can continue that pipeline of work.”

By building two homes on many of the public housing blocks, the program will free up about 400 allotments that can be sold off to the private housing market.

Click here to read more.