Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

Stimulus plan delivers jobs and affordable homes for seniors in Gosnells

Joint Media Release with:

  • Sharryn Jackson MP, Member for Hasluck

Minister for Housing Tanya Plibersek and Member for Hasluck Sharryn Jackson today visited the site of a $4.5 million project that will deliver a total of 16 new affordable homes for seniors in Gosnells.

Gold Style Homes Pty Ltd won the contract to build 14 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom units under the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.

Construction of the new homes, which are spread across three sites within walking distance of each other, will commence in April 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.

Gold Style Homes will employ an additional scheduler and supervisor 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, our $5.6 billion investment in affordable housing through the Stimulus Plan is supporting more than 15,000 jobs.

“The new housing also contributes to the Government’s strategy to halve homelessness in Australia by 2020,” Ms Plibersek said.

Member for Hasluck Sharryn Jackson said that new affordable homes for seniors were greatly needed in Gosnells.

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

“As well as creating 16 new affordable homes for seniors, the builders will draw upon an estimated trade base of more than 350 sub-contractors over the duration of the project,” Ms Jackson said.

The Rudd Government’s $14.5 million investment in social housing in the electorate of Hasluck will deliver a total of 52 new homes in Gosnells, High Wycombe, Kenwick, Maddington and Midland.

Construction is underway on 18 of these homes, with 7 homes already complete.