User:LivelyRatification/Australia: Works on $300,000 housing development in Sea Lake, Victoria begin
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Works have today started on a new housing development in the Victorian town of , with 300,000 being granted from the Regional Recovery Fund of the to the to commence the development.
Up to eight houses will be built on the site of a former Sea Lake school using the funding provided, all of which will be sold privately. Victorian minister for regional development, who visited Sea Lake today, connected the investment with the issue of a lack of homes for workers in the area, saying "we understand that housing related workforce shortages are a real issue in our regional towns right now – that's why we're investing in projects to address these issues and support regional businesses across the state".
Wikinews contactedvia email with a number of questions relating to the housing development in Sea Lake and the issue of housing in the broader region. Cupper is an and the state MP for the , which covers Sea Lake. Cupper's answers to the questions were as follows:
((WN)) Do you think the government is doing enough to solve issues of housing in the Loddon- region?
- ((Ali Cupper)) This is certainly a step in the right direction, and is making an important contribution to addressing the town's existing housing needs. We are seeing similar developments being put in place across the Loddon-Mallee to address a mix of permanent and seasonal worker housing shortages in the likes of and . We'll lobby for a project similar to the Sea Lake housing development to be put in place in Ouyen. Our advocacy regarding housing shortages will also continue in line with the community's needs.
((WN)) What would you like to see done to support seasonal workers in Sea Lake and surrounds in future?
- ((Ali Cupper)) As the mayor of Buloke Shire was telling me today, there are many jobs available in Sea Lake as a result of a rapidly growing local economy. One thing impeding people from coming to Sea Lake and similar towns is a lack of available housing, so this is a step towards addressing that need. In terms of specific initiatives, we will be guided by local communities and councils.
((WN)) Is there anything else you have to say on this plan?
- ((Ali Cupper)) It's a great win for the Sea Lake community, especially Buloke Shire Council which led this project from the very beginning. Sea Lake is an innovative and highly motivated community which is going ahead in leaps and bounds, and it is great to see their initiative being rewarded with government investment like this.
, a state for the , commented on the Sea Lake housing development, telling "this project has been developed to tackle housing shortages and other barriers to workforce attraction, which can hold back economic growth and recovery". Buloke Shire mayor Daryl Warren also stated in regards to the development that "suitable housing stock is a key issue for Buloke Shire residents and council heard this loud and clear in working with the community to devise our Council Plan".
- "Supporting Workers To Secure Housing In Sea Lake" — , September 30, 2021