Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Big Housing Build – Western Victoria

My question is for Minister Stitt on behalf of the Minister for Housing. On my electorate trip recently, I heard from a number of councils that were struggling to overcome the red tape to access the Big Housing Build. It is National Homelessness Week, so it is only fitting that we highlight that the Big Housing Build has a purpose to reduce homelessness. However, given regional areas have such low vacancy rates, including just one rental available in Ararat recently, we are seeing more and more people shifted to the streets or unstable. This problem could be partly fixed by making the Big Housing Build more accessible to regional Victorian councils, not just metropolitan Melbourne. Can the minister explain what barriers exist for regional councils such as the Ararat shire, Buloke, Yarriambiack and others in my electorate in accessing the Big Housing Build to build social housing


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