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Industry To Join In Public Housing Renewal

Interested parties are being sought to partner with the Andrews Labor Government to redevelop outdated public housing in inner Melbourne.

To grow housing further, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today invited community housing associations, design firms, construction companies and financiers to take part in the Registration of Capability (ROC).

The Labor Government is looking to establish innovative partnerships to deliver affordable, mixed tenure social housing.

The sites considered as part of the Public Housing Renewal Program are in Northcote, Brunswick West, Heidelberg West, North Melbourne, Prahran and Clifton Hill. The renewal of Flemington estate and Stokes Penola in Preston are also included in the ROC.

The ROC is the first stage in the process and allows parties to identify their preferred sites and demonstrate their ability to deliver the renewal project. Following a thorough assessment parties will be shortlisted and move through to the next phase.

Construction on the sites is not expected to start from early to mid-2018. Residents will be assisted during the temporary relocation and have the right to return to new homes.

Further sites in regional and inner Melbourne are expected to be developed in the future as part of the renewal program.

The redevelopments are part of the Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy which is providing $2.1 billion in financial instruments for community housing associations to rent, buy and build new homes.

An industry briefing session will take place on 1 June. The ROC is open until 22 June and is available at www.tenders.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“So much of our public housing stock is old and no longer fit for purpose. We need to make a move to update and grow stock that will continue to meet tenant needs in the future.”

“We can’t condemn another generation of Victorians to live in housing poverty – we want to create better living conditions and encourage our tenants to be active members of vibrant communities.”

“This is the first step in generating new communities and while it will be a long journey, we believe the investment will truly be worth it.”