Apr 14, 2009

Rudd Government invests in affordable housing

Rudd Government invests in affordable housing

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 14 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese has announced that more than $1.5 million will be spent in the electorate of Grayndler, helping to create local jobs and improve the quality of social housing in the area.

The Australian Government has allocated more than $130 million to upgrade public housing across NSW, which will support jobs in a variety of trades from electricians to plumbers to carpet-layers.

Not only will the services benefit directly, but providers, suppliers and manufacturers of construction materials and hardware will also benefit, with 7845 homes across the State receiving a radical overhaul.

Tradies and builders will be commencing work immediately, contracting with State Housing Authorities for work on the 31,146 dwellings that need maintenance and repairs.

This is good news for the building sector, and forms part of the $6.4 billion Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, which is estimated to support 15,000 jobs over the next two years.

"In Grayndler, more than 450 public housing dwellings will be upgraded or undergo repairs, which will improve the quality of life of the tenants who live there as well as providing work for tradespeople,” Mr Albanese said.

“This is a great outcome for jobs and for people who rely on public housing – age pensioners, people with a disability, those escaping domestic violence as well as parents bringing up kids on their own.”

“This significant investment in social housing is a win-win situation, providing the economic stimulus our region needs with improvements to essential social housing.”