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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

1800 new affordable homes for Victorian communities

Media release
29 October 2010

Eight new affordable housing projects in Docklands, Cheltenham, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston and Ringwood are underway thanks to the partnership between the Gillard and Brumby Labor Governments.

The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke, and the Victorian Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne, said ING Real Estate and Providence Housing Pty Ltd are set to build a total of 1,800 new affordable rental homes through the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS)

ING Real Estate is building 522 studio, one and two bedroom dwellings in Docklands, and Providence Housing Pty Ltd will be building 1296 one and two bedroom apartments in the remaining suburbs, helping Victorians to have increased access to affordable housing.

“The Gillard Government recognises that affordable housing supply is crucial for many Victorian families which is why Labor Governments are investing in affordable housing,” Mr Burke said.

“Each project seeks to maximise housing affordability in areas close to public transport and services - essential components of a thriving and sustainable community.

“They are being constructed using cost effective building methods and energy saving design features, meaning they are good for our local communities and will help build a sustainable Australia.”

Mr Wynne outlined the projects being developed:

  • Docklands, 522 apartments in Waterfront City, Docklands in 4 high rise developments for key workers.
  • Cheltenham, Nepean Highway, 147 homes in a high rise development for council workers, key worker commuters and retirees.
  • Dandenong, 217 apartments part of the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative, suiting retirees, key workers and their families and single person households of all ages.
  • Footscray, 413 studio and one bedroom apartments for key workers and single person households. This project includes dwellings in a high rise mixed use building. The ground floor will include administration community and retail facilities - including a social enterprise business.
  • Frankston, 165 dwellings, a high rise development centrally located in Frankston’s CBD.
  • Ringwood, 172 homes near the Superstation, for key worker commuters, and 182 homes on Maroondah Hwy, close to the railway station.

“All of these new homes will feature innovative designs that will increase accessibility, including step-less entry from the street front, wheelchair accessible lifts and disabled car parking close to lift lobbies,” Mr Wynne said.

“I look forward to seeing each of these projects completed and inhabited by vibrant communities.”

The NRAS is a long term commitment by the Australian Government to develop affordable rental housing.