22 February 2019
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie will join Senator Eric Abetz, as well as social housing providers, as the Federal Government announces a $30 million social housing package for the Hobart area.

WHEN: 10:15am TODAY 22 February

WHERE: 115 Allunga Road CHIGWELL (former Mt Faulkner Primary School site)

 

“I’m thrilled that the Federal Government has announced today that they will invest $30 million into social housing in the Hobart area,” Mr Wilkie said. “This is terrific news and will go a long way towards helping the thousands of Tasmanians without secure housing, especially among those who are most vulnerable such as people with a disability, the elderly and people fleeing domestic violence.”

“I’ve been lobbying the Federal Government for this housing package for some time and it’s great news that they have seen the merit and announced such a significant investment today.

“Hobart’s housing crisis has been front and centre in the minds of many Tasmanians over the last year and I’ve heard so many heartbreaking stories from people who are struggling to find secure housing. I’m glad that, thanks to this announcement, we’ll be able to help hundreds of these people.

“The funding will go to four organisations who have a track record of building and delivering affordable housing. It will allow them to build over 130 dwellings and put a big dent in the housing waiting list, helping hundreds of people overall.”

The housing package consists of:

  • $8m for Housing Choices Tasmania to build 32 dwellings to house elderly people living with health and/or mobility issues, people living with a disability, women and children escaping domestic violence, and other priority applicants;
  • $8m for Community Housing Limited to build 27 dwellings available to rent to low and very low-income earners;
  • $8m for CatholicCare Tasmania to build 45 dwellings for housing priority applicants, on shovel-ready land in Claremont; and
  • $6m for Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust to initially build 27 specially-designed dwellings for people living with a disability, and allow them to leverage against the property assets to build more dwellings in the future.

 

Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart