Media Releases

11
Sep

Greater Shepparton’s social housing shortage set to continue under Labor.

The social housing shortage in Greater Shepparton is set to continue despite the Andrews Labor Government’s spin.

Over the term of the Andrews Labor Government the waiting list for Social Housing in Greater Shepparton has skyrocketed to reach a total of 1521 families. This is a figure that has blown out by an incredible 921 families (153.5%) over the term of this government, including an extra 34 families who joined the list in the June 2021 quarter.

Of greatest concern are the 798 families on the priority access waiting list which includes those who are homeless, escaping domestic violence, living with a mental illness or disability, indigenous families and those with special housing needs. This list has blown out by an extra 618 families (343.33%) over the term of this government, including an extra 19 families who joined the list in the June 2021 quarter.

The latest data on homeless Victorians also reveals the extent of Shepparton’s housing crisis with Shepparton’s homeless population (372 people) being the highest in regional Victoria.

On Friday Labor’s Mark Gepp issued a media release boasting that the government will deliver 25 new social housing dwellings in Shepparton. However, the construction of these homes will still leave almost 1500 families, including almost 600 of the most vulnerable families languishing on Labor’s ever-growing waiting list.

Labor clearly has a problem with numbers as not only will these homes not even begin to scratch the surface of the need for social housing in Greater Shepparton, but Mr Gepp can’t even get the projected job numbers correct. He starts his media release claiming 70 jobs will be provided by the construction and in a later quote claims the number will be 95. Inaccurate boastful claims like this show Labor is more focused on spin than delivering for vulnerable Victorians.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The Andrews Labor Government has failed to adequately invest in social housing which has seen the waiting list in Greater Shepparton skyrocket by over 150% to reach 1521 families under Labor.

“Families who are languishing on Labor’s ever-growing waiting lists are under enormous stress and the government need to invest in more than 25 homes to house them and reduce the homeless numbers in Greater Shepparton.”

 

Shepparton

Waiting List Data

Sept 2014 March 2021 June 2021
Total Wait List 600 1487 1521
Priority Access 180 779 798

 

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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