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Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

Stimulus plan delivers jobs and 56 new affordable homes in Kelmscott

Minister for Housing Tanya Plibersek today inspected a $14.25 million housing project that will deliver 56 new apartments in Kelmscott.

Parkline Enterprises Pty Ltd won the contract to develop the 24 one-bedroom and 32 two-bedroom apartments under the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.

The new apartments are in the heart of Kelmscott Village, located close to public transport including the train station as well as local services and commercial facilities.

Construction of the new homes commenced in January 2010, with completion expected 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.

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 Kelmscott demonstrates just how important the Rudd Government’s Stimulus Plan has been for jobs in the local community.

“As well as creating 56 new affordable homes that are close to transport, shops and services, all tradespeople, sub-contractors and suppliers are locally based,” Ms Plibersek said.

The Rudd Government’s $40 million investment in social housing in the electorate of Canning will deliver 150 new homes in Kelmscott, Armadale, Brookdale, Canning Vale, Dawesville, Falcon and Seville Grove.

Construction is underway on 84 of the new homes, with 16 homes already complete.