Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

Stimulus plan delivers jobs and 11 new affordable homes in Queens Park

Tanya Plibersek today inspected the site of a $3.3 million project where 11 new affordable homes will be built in Queens Park.

Local company Briklay Pty Ltd won the contract to build the 11 new two-bedroom homes under the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.

Demolition work on the site has commenced and the new homes are expected to be completed in December 2010.

The new homes will incorporate universal design guidelines; have a six-star energy ratings, energy efficient lighting, heat confining ventilation and sound proofing.

Briklay have employed a new site management trainee to work on the project, and all tradespeople, sub-contractors and suppliers will be locally based.

Ms Plibersek said the Rudd Government’s investment in social housing is building and repairing homes and creating jobs around Australia.

“Across the country, the Rudd Government’s $5.6 billion investment in affordable housing through the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan is supporting more than 15,000 jobs.

“The new housing is also contributes to the Government’s strategy to halve homelessness in Australia by 2020.

“This development in Queens Park demonstrates just how important the Rudd Government’s Stimulus Plan has been for jobs in the local community.

“I am delighted that a local business was engaged to do this project, and that they are employing a new trainee and using local tradespeople, sub-contractors and suppliers to undertake the building work,” Ms Plibersek said.

The Rudd Government’s $10.2 million investment in social housing in the electorate of Swan will deliver 35 new homes in Queens Park, Ascot, Cloverdale and Rivervale.

Construction is underway on 17 of the new homes, with one home already complete.