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Tackling Housing Shortages in the Wimmera Southern Mallee

09/12/2021

The Victorian Government is laying the groundwork for more housing in the Wimmera Southern Mallee as part of its commitment to address workforce shortages across the state.

The Stawell Housing Project on Sloane Street is now ready for development thanks to $500,000 from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

The funding has enabled the Northern Grampians Shire Council to provide essential infrastructure to unlock residential development, including water and sewage connections, footpaths, street lighting, drainage, and pedestrian crossing paths.

This essential infrastructure will enable developers to build over 100 dwellings for Stawell’s growing population.

This investment complements the $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 five regions across the state, including in the Grampians and the Wimmera Southern Mallee to support coordination between local, state and Commonwealth governments to explore accommodation options in the region.

This investment is supports a range of other housing initiatives in the region including a $500,000 investment from the Regional Recovery Fund to implement the Affordable Housing Solutions in the Wimmera Southern Mallee project.

This project will see the Wimmera Development Association and local government councils partner with Haven Home Safe, a registered housing association, to deliver improved housing solutions across the region, focusing on using local supply chains and ensuring that skilling and attracting workers is a priority.

Housing availability and access to workers are key priorities for the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership, and these initiatives will support the Regional Partnership’s ongoing work to grow regional jobs and improve population outcomes.

The investments build on the Government’s almost $30 billion investment in regional and rural Victoria since 2015. For more information about these initiatives visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au/pilots



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