Helping seasonal workers secure housing in Mildura03/11/2021
The Victorian Government is securing more accommodation for seasonal workers in Mildura, with the newly refurbished Ramsay Court Worker Accommodation facility helping to tackle workforce shortages in the Mallee.
The Ramsay Court Worker Accommodation has been officially opened at Mildura, supported by $800,000 from the Victorian Government’s Building Works package.
The new accommodation is the result of a refurbishment of a former health services facility into fit-for-purpose rooms. It includes a new communal kitchen, a communal laundry and outdoor area to provide space for up to 56 workers helping to address the shortfall in seasonal worker housing.
Not-for-profit group Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council will manage the facility, as well as support workers from cultural or linguistically diverse communities to stay informed and connected.
This investment complements the Government’s $5 million Regional Workforce Pilots, which have been developed to address a shortage of housing across parts of regional and rural Victoria and boost employment.
Pilot sites are being developed in four regions across the state, including in Robinvale to support coordination between local, state and Commonwealth governments to explore accommodation options in the region.
The Victorian Government is also investing in a range of housing projects in the Mallee designed to create more jobs and attract more workers to the region. This includes a $500,000 investment in Robinvale Worker Housing from the Building Works program to subdivide land and construct four houses for workers.
In Sea Lake, a $300,000 investment through the Regional Recovery Fund is supporting the works needed to transform the site of a former primary school into prime development land. On top of this, the Regional Recovery Fund is supporting the development of the Loddon Mallee Housing Revitalisation Strategy.
The investments build on the Government’s historic $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to construct more than 12,000 new secure and modern, social and affordable homes throughout the state, with $1.25 billion being invested in regional Victoria.
The commitments are part of the almost $30 billion investment in regional and rural Victoria since 2015.