State Government renewal of Ascot Vale’s Wingate public housing estate to bridge divide between tenants and community

A RENEWAL of a public housing estate in Ascot Vale people are “afraid to walk through” needs to help bridge a divide between tenants and the wider community, a Moonee Valley councillor says.

Wingate Estate is next on the State Government’s list of housing estates to be redeveloped, as part of the $185 million Public Housing Renewal Program, and Cr Nicole Marshall says the social exclusion of people in the estate needs to end.

“People are genuinely afraid to walk through the estate. There is that divide … we need a sense of community as a whole,” said Cr Marshall, who holds the council’s strategic planning portfolio.

“I hope we can play our part in breaking down those barriers.”

Moonee Valley Council has made a submission to the State Government regarding both the Ascot Vale and Flemington public housing upgrades asking that current tenants are well looked after during and after construction and the renewed estates cater for all demographics.

Wingate Community Centre general manager Jan Thorpe said the state of the housing estate wasn’t up to scratch.

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