360 construction jobs to be created in public housing build

Investment in public housing in the Mildura local government area is expected to create 360 fulltime jobs during the construction phase.

Minister for Housing Richard Wynne has outlined more details about the rollout of $40 million for public housing in the Mildura LGA as part of the Big Housing Build.

“The Rural City of Mildura will receive a minimum of $40 million through the Minimum Investment Guarantee under the Big Housing Build, which is expected to support 360 full-time equivalent jobs in Mildura across the duration of the construction period,” Mr Wynne said in response to an adjournment matter from Member for Mildura Ali Cupper.

“New homes delivered as part of the Big Housing Build will meet an average minimum 7-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme energy efficiency standard to support a comfortable living environment and low energy costs.

“This is higher than the 6-star standard mandatory across Victoria. Where it is feasible, new homes will also have energy efficient reverse cycle air conditioning and hot water systems and solar power systems, which substantially reduce power bills and improve thermal comfort for tenants.”

Mr Wynne said 180 houses in the Mallee received air-conditioning in 2019-20 as part of the government’s EnergySmart Public Housing project

In addition, up to 2000 public housing properties in climate zone four – which includes the Mildura, Buloke and Yarriambiack LGAs in the Mildura electorate – will receive air-conditioning as part of a $112 million package announced in the 2020-21 Budget.

Ms Cupper said the public housing investment as well as air-conditioning roll-out was game-changing for some of our most vulnerable people.

“To have a program providing $40 million in public housing, as well as a separate air-conditioning rollout for current stock, will make such a difference to so many people’s lives,” she said.

“On top of that, to have 360 fulltime construction jobs created will be a boost as we look to the economic recovery phase of COVID-19.”

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