21 April 2016

Major affordable housing project underway

Residents in North Geelong will soon have access to a range of much needed services, including a new aged care facility and 52 affordable rental houses, with construction starting today on the affordable homes as part of $43.5 million Norlane Integrated Community Project.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government is investing $7.25 million towards the project to provide local residents in Norlane with high quality, accessible social infrastructure.

“The National Stronger Regions Fund is providing up to $1 billion over five years to promote economic development in Australia’s regions,” Minister Nash said.

“The Australian Government is committed to funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities across Australia.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the Norlane Integrated Community Project will deliver a range of services to the local community.

“The project will deliver 90 residential aged care beds and 52 affordable rental houses that can accommodate up to 91 people, including purpose built housing for people with disabilities,” Ms Henderson said.

“We want to expand the quality of affordable housing rental options for families, older people and people with disabilities.

“The local community will also have access to a new community hub and well-being centre, including a café, library, Men’s Shed, playground and gym.”

“This project already builds on $1m for Diversitat’s Healthy Living Centre for Ageing in Norlane and $225,000 to upgrade re-fueling facilities at Lethbridge Airport already announced under the National Stronger Regions Fund,” Ms Henderson said.

Baptcare’s Chief Executive Graham Dangerfield said Baptcare is committed to providing local residents in Norlane with a vibrant community space to enjoy while creating jobs.

“The Norlane development is about responding to the community’s need for affordable housing, social housing, aged care and employment generation,” Mr Dangerfield said.

“Baptcare wants to make sure that the most vulnerable in the community are not left behind and have access to the care and services that they desperately need.”

The Norlane Integrated Community Hub Project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government contributing $7.25 million and Baptcare investing $36.26 million and is expected to be completed mid-2019.

For more information about the National Stronger Regions Fund please visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/NSRF/index.aspx.

21 April 2016