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Project to Unlock Housing

Project to Unlock Housing

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Corangamite Shire Council's 'Unlocking Housing' Project Revealed

Up to 140 residential blocks, are set to be created to attract workers and create jobs in Simpson and Timboon.

The Corangamite Shire’s ‘Unlocking Housing’ project, will aim to set the towns up for a secure and prosperous future.

Mayor Ruth Gstrein said the influx of energy sector construction workers and the loss of long-term rental properties to short term accommodation, were making finding somewhere to live increasingly difficult.

“While the local economy benefits from visitors, this has driven up rents with some going up as much as 10 per cent in past year,” Cr Gstrein said.

“The shortage of rental houses makes it very difficult for local workers to afford accommodation, that then affects businesses which can’t get staff"

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“Creating housing for key workers will help address current skills shortages, in the longer term, growing our towns and increasing the population will help sustain the local economy"

Cr Gstrein said ‘Unlocking Housing’ would rezone and prepare land for development.

“It will include infrastructure such as sewerage, water mains, roads, kerb and channel and drainage works, fire services, power and telecommunications"

“We’re very grateful to the State Government which has committed $2.28 million towards initiatives in the Great South Coast including Simpson and Timboon,” Cr Gstrein said.

The project will be undertaken over the next two years.

Council is working with the Great South Coast Regional Partnership to develop a ‘Homes for Key Workers Action Plan’ which will address housing availability and affordability.

Partnership Chair Lisa Dwyer said they have prioritised the need to address the mismatch between housing supply and demand for accommodation for key workers, as it impacts the ability to attract and retain them to the region.

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