Yarriambiack Shire Council is moving ahead with its Affordable Housing Project. In April this year, Council was provided with funding of $2.8m to build up to 14 affordable homes through the Regional Infrastructure Fund. Council is contributing $1m towards the project through a loan, Council and Community Asset Committee contributions.
Yarriambiack Shire Council Mayor Cr Kylie Zanker said, “Council has listened to the community and has strongly advocated and secured increased housing stock through the RIF program.
However, due to increases in construction and material costs, Council estimates that only 10 affordable houses will be built through this allocation of funding. Whilst this is disappointing that we cannot complete the originally budgeted 14, we want to see this project progress. 10 affordable houses is a great step in the right direction for the five communities that will directly impact from this project”.
Sites and locations are currently being finalised, but at present the following sites have been earmarked for construction of affordable homes:
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||37 Brock Street
||98 Anderson Street
||11 Bruce Street
“The Warracknabeal site has been acquired via a Section 181 and will include a demolition of the derelict building to make way for the new homes. The Hopetoun and Murtoa locations are repurposing the old school sites and Rupanyup will be a new subdivision with the assistance of the Rupanyup Future Fund”, Cr Zanker said.
The project will now progress through the procurement phase of going out to tender. It is anticipated that this project will be completed in the 2023/24 financial year.
“Housing shortages is one of our biggest challenges, constraining the growth, liveability and economic strength of our communities. Rental housing is critically low in our Shire and this project aims to retain the ageing residents in the town whilst freeing up existing larger dwellings that the ageing residents live in for either sale or rent”, Cr Zanker added.
There has been substantial work completed to date to unlock the housing potential in the region. The Wimmera Development Association Housing Blue Print identifies a significant housing shortage across our region. For more information can be found at www.wda.org.au.
“Yarriambiack has a lower than the Victorian average for government housing, placing people at a disadvantage in our communities. We will be continuing our advocacy and working hard to reduce this gap in government housing for our communities”, Cr Zanker said.
The government housing measure indicates the proportion of total dwellings which are State or Territory housing authority dwellings (Government housing). The proportion of government housing in Yarriambiack is lower than Victoria at 1.1%, compared to 2.1%. Council recognises that we have less state housing authority dwellings in our Shire and are strongly advocating to increase numbers within our Communities.
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Council is accepting expressions of interest for the Affordable Homes project. The online expression of interest can be completed via the online form below. Enquiries can be directed to Council’s CEO Tammy Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org
or (03) 5398 0100.
April 2022: Easing Yarriambiack’s Affordable Rental Housing Shortage
Council has been successful in receiving funding as part of the State Government Regional Infrastructure Fund $2.8million, with a further $1m being funded by Council and Council’s Community Asset Committees.
As part of this project, Council is going to build up to fourteen 2 bedroom units across the Shire in the following locations:
- Hopetoun - 2 x 2 bedroom units
- Murtoa - 2 x 2 bedroom units
- Rupanyup - 2 x 2 bedroom units
- Warracknabeal - between 2 and 6 x 2 bedroom units (depending on tender pricing)
- Woomelang - 2 x 2 bedroom units
Rental housing is critically low in our Shire and this project aims to to retain the ageing residents in the town whilst freeing up existing larger dwellings that the ageing residents live in for either sale or rent.
Register an Expression Of Interest for Council's Affordable Housing here.