Back to the future

It’s back to the future with Richard Wynne being appointed again as Minister for Housing. Members know him well and appreciate that he was the last Housing Minister to deliver on growth through a state fund and the Nation Building Initiative.

Born in 1955, Mr Wynne grew up in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and has lived and worked there for most of his life. He was a consultant to local councils and community groups, providing advice on housing, planning, regional development and community health issues and has lectured in Public Policy at Victoria University of Technology.

He studied Social Work and Criminology at Melbourne University and, after graduating, worked for seven years in community health on inner city public housing estates.

During the Cain Labor Government, Mr Wynne worked as a policy adviser on Housing and Planning to two Ministers – Barry Pullen and Andrew McCutcheon. He then joined the staff of then Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe as a senior adviser with responsibility for Urban Renewal issues and Local Government reforms.

He was also a Melbourne City Councillor for six years, serving one year as Lord Mayor in 1991.

In the Andrews Government, Mr Wynne will also be responsible for the Planning and Multicultural Affairs portfolios. Bringing the planning and housing portfolios together is a wise move and gives the new minister the opportunity to plan and deliver housing across a much broader spectrum – from crisis through to affordable housing and hopefully more inclusionary housing.

CHIA Vic has sent a letter of congratulations to Mr Wynne, along with an invitation to meet. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration over the next four years, and to the benefits that will flow from the merger of the Planning and Housing portfolios.

Adem Somyurek will take on the Local Government portfolio. The former Housing Minister, Martin Foley, has been given the Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries portfolios.

You can view the complete list of the new Andrews Government Cabinet here.

Lesley Dredge