A start, but hundreds more houses needed

The Andrews Labor Government is quick to pat itself on the back for its big social housing build commitments – but waiting list data shows hundreds more houses will eb needed to make any real difference, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says.

Ms Britnell said the announcement that the Government would build 31 properties in Warrnambool, 53 in Portland was a start, but there are 851 applications to the waiting list for the June Quarter with 493 of those being on the priority list.

“It’s a drop in the ocean of what is actually needed,” Ms Britnell said.

“The Andrews Government is trying to make out this investment is going to be the great answer to all the region’s housing problems. They are patting themselves on the back saying good job.

“But in reality, there is so much more that needs to be done, this isn’t going to make a dent in the waiting lists for housing in this region.”

Ms Britnell the housing situation right across South West Coast is being impacted by a number of factors that have created a perfect storm.

“The Labor Government’s changes to residential tenancy laws which made significant changes to the rights of owners have seen a large number of private rental properties being withdrawn from the market which then puts pressure on supply and affordability.

“As affordable private rentals disappear, pressure is increased on public housing – which already has a critical shortage of properties.

“It’s going to take a lot more than building 83 new social housing properties to address the serious issues our region has with homelessness and access to housing.”

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