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Public housing upgrade creates 80 construction jobs in the Latrobe Valley

12 April 2017

Up to 80 construction jobs will be created in the Latrobe Valley as part of a $7.8 million Victorian Government investment to upgrade 224 public housing properties.

Work begins in July and continues for three years on improvements to properties in Churchill, Moe, Morwell, Newborough, Sale, Traralgon and Wurruk.

As well as creating jobs and delivering a boost to the local economy, the investment will provide higher quality homes for tenants, reduced heating and cooling costs through better insulation and building materials, and will improve the design of social housing in the region to meet current and future needs.

Announcing the investment in Morwell today, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the Government would work with the Clean Energy Sustainability Fund to find ways to replace inefficient electrical appliances with new, greener utilities to reduce bill stress for tenants.

“It’s a win for residents and a win for the local economy,” Mr Foley said. “This investment will create new jobs and better homes for people in the Valley.”

The Victorian Government has provided a $266 million support package for the Latrobe Valley, including $174 million for community infrastructure, $50 million for an Economic Growth Zone and $22 million for workers and businesses directly affected by the closure of Hazelwood.

The long-term support includes the establishment of the Latrobe Valley Authority to lead the Government response, identify economic development opportunities and support affected workers and businesses.

Last updated: April 12, 2017

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