Big Housing Build | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (18:44): My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Planning and Minister for Housing, the Honourable Richard Wynne. The Andrews Labor government has announced the biggest ever investment in public and community housing to ensure Victorians have the security and stability of a home. The Victorian Budget 2020–21 will deliver an historic $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to construct more than 12 000 new homes throughout metro and regional Victoria as well as supporting around 10 000 jobs per year over the next four years to supercharge Victoria’s economic recovery through the pandemic and beyond. This package will boost our state’s social housing supply by 10 per cent in just four years, providing a stable foundation for thousands of Victorians to build their lives. The investment will deliver 9300 new social housing homes, including replacing 1100 old public housing units. This investment will help Aboriginal Victorians, pensioners, Victorians with disabilities, family violence victims and single-parent families find their feet. Of these new homes, 2000 will be for Victorians living with mental illness, reflecting our commitment to mental health and fixing a broken system. A further 2900 new affordable and low-cost homes will be built to help low-to-moderate income earners live closer to where they work and provide options for private rental.

The program will deliver secure, modern and affordable homes throughout Victoria, with 25 per cent of funding to be allocated to regional Victoria. The new homes will meet 7-star energy efficiency standards, making them more comfortable during summer and winter and making savings for tenants on their power bills. The unprecedented investment will boost Victoria’s economic recovery, generating an estimated $6.7 billion in economic activity and supporting a peak of more than 18 000 jobs, with 10 per cent of the work on major projects to be done by apprentices, cadets and trainees. Combined with new housing from existing investments such as the public housing renewal program and the Victorian Social Housing Growth Fund, construction of more than 15 800 new homes will begin over the next four years. The action I seek from the minister is to provide my office with an update on which suburbs in my area of Western Metropolitan Region will benefit from this Big Housing Build.