South Australia Minister for Social Housing Zoe Bettison
$3.4 Million Public Housing Maintenance Program To Boost Whyalla Economy
Victor P Taffa
South Australia Government is accelerating $3.4 Million worth of Public Housing maintenance projects in Whyalla to stimulate local employment.
“This stimulus project will provide a boost for the city, by providing new employment opportunities over the next 16 months.” Minister for Social Housing Zoe Bettison said.
These projects will increase employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour, with the employment opportunities open only to Whyalla residents.
“One the best things about this stimulus program are that all of the jobs created is for Whyalla locals.” Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said.
Work program will also provide training opportunities and apprenticeships.
This initiative will result in significant upgrades to local social housing properties, including:
- 42 kitchen upgrades
- 49 bathroom upgrades
- Replacement roofing, gutters, windows, concrete or fencing at 62 units
- External upgrades at a group of 15 two-bedroom units
- Horticultural works
Works will be funded by the State Government through Housing SA, and will be completed by 30 June 2018.
In addition to the positive employment outcomes, the project will also improve the overall quality and condition of social housing in Whyalla.
In total, about 220 properties will benefit from this work across all types of housing, including some group sites.
Stimulus project is in addition to upgrades already scheduled for Whyalla properties.
Maintenance to social housing in other regions of the state will not be impacted by this project.