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Housing initiative welcomed by Council

Latrobe City Council has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Post Compulsory Education, Employment and Training, Lynne Kosky, of a M$2.4 initiative through the Community Jobs Program

By Latrobe City Council - 8th August 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Council has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Post Compulsory Education, Employment and Training, Lynne Kosky, of a M$2.4 initiative through the Community Jobs Program (CJP) for the refurbishment of a further twenty surplus Housing Commission homes, following the successful Kent Street pilot project in Moe.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning said it was fantastic news for the Latrobe Valley and would provide a significant boost for employment prospects for those participating in the projects.

"The State Government is to be congratulated on their initiative. Their announcement today is an indication of their ongoing commitment to the region. The funding announced today is not simply a reiteration of previously announced initiatives in the Taskforce Report. This is considerable additional assistance for the region," Cr Hanning said.

"The Ď12 Kent Streetí project and Latrobeís role in leading the way in community based initiatives, aroused considerable interest among local, State and Federal government representatives. The State Minister for Housing, Bronwyn Pike, indicated when she officially opened 12 Kent Street in June that she was impressed with what had been achieved in this community. Todayís announcement demonstrates the Governmentís faith in this communityís ability to help itself when given the tools to do the job, and their confidence that investing in this community delivers results," Cr Hanning said.

"These projects show what can be achieved when the community is given the necessary assistance to build on its strengths. In this case, whole streetscapes can be enhanced by utilising community skills and community know-how, turning housing that has often seen better days into an attractive living environment. I think we can be extremely proud of the fact that the whole idea of urban redevelopment through projects such as these was generated by one of our own Council officers," Cr Hanning added.

"We look forward to seeing the results of todayís announcement turned into creative housing developments, inviting homes and an enriched quality of life, not just for those citizens participating in the projects, but for the whole community," Cr Hanning concluded.


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