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Big build in east?

Big build in east?

Tim Bull asks how many homes, when and where?

As the State Government prepares to construct 12,000 new homes in Victoria, with 25% in regional areas, Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull wants an assurance for his region.

Mr Bull has written to the Housing Minister seeking details for East Gippsland of the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build.

“There is a critical shortage of rental housing in East Gippsland which has been made worse by the loss of housing stock in the 2019-2020 bushfires,” said Mr Bull.

“The recently introduced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act and a strong property market have encouraged some landlords to sell their rented investment.

“This too is adversely impacting on the availability of social and affordable housing.

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“My office receives phone calls regularly from people desperately seeking a roof over their heads.

“Temporary emergency accommodation can usually be found by our hard-working housing services for those who are homeless, but much more needs to be done to increase housing stock.

“Based on the Gippsland East electorate’s proportion of the total Victorian population, approximately 130 new homes should be built here.

“With the Grocon bushfire clean-up in mind I’ll also be watching to see that the government complies with its Local Jobs First policy for maximum local content in their construction.

“In my letter I have asked the Minister to state exactly how many of these new homes will be built in East Gippsland, where they will be built and the time frame for their completion.

“People on public housing waiting lists in towns including Heyfield, Maffra, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost deserve to have certainty about this most basic human need,” said Mr Bull.

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