Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

Jobs Fund supports Lime Street Accommodation to go green

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Federal Member for Perth

Minister for Housing Tanya Plibersek and Federal Member for Perth Stephen Smith today announced $770,000 funding for St Bartholomew’s House Lime Street Project under the Local Jobs stream of the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund.

It is one of 21 Local Jobs projects to share in $17.5 million under Round 2 to link disadvantaged job seekers with training and employment opportunities.

Ms Plibersek said St Bartholomew’s House would improve the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of the Lime Street development and create or retain 73 jobs, 12 work experience positions and eight traineeships or apprenticeships.

“The Lime Street Accommodation will provide low cost inner city housing for the aged and people in crisis.

“These projects are focused on environmental outcomes for the East Perth community, but also support and create jobs in communities hardest hit by unemployment and the global economic downturn,” Ms Plibersek said.

Federal Member for Perth Stephen Smith welcomed the funding for St Bartholomew’s House to purchase and install environmentally friendly components and technologies.

“This funding will help St Bart’s achieve a five star Greenhouse rating and reduce the annual operation costs of the Lime Street Accommodation.

“The project will provide employment opportunities in fabrication sustainability and construction industries and install water-efficient fire sprinkler system, stormwater harvesting and window improvements to improve thermal performance.

“It’s great to see support for the Government’s plan to create jobs and training opportunities for local workers, and build infrastructure that will benefit our community well into the future,” Mr Smith said.

Funding for Local Jobs projects was negotiated with the support of the Australian Greens.

These projects will see a further 587 jobs created and retained, in addition to 150 traineeship and apprenticeship positions and 304 work experience placements.

A full list of Round 2 Local Jobs projects and more information on the Jobs Fund is available at the Keep Australia Working website.