CHIA Vic welcomes new Ministers



The Community Housing Sector’s peak body, CHIA Vic, congratulates Danny Pearson on being appointed the new Minister for Housing and looks forward to working with him to deliver the Victorian Government’ $5.3 billion Big Housing Build.

CHIA Vic also welcomes the appointment of Sheena Watt, Member for Northern Victoria, as Parliamentary Secretary for Housing. This is a new role that recognises the importance of safe, secure, and affordable housing in transforming lives.

Community Housing organisations will build over 4,000 properties as part of the Victorian Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build and manage many more.

With rental vacancy rates at an all-time low and cost of living pressures at an all-time high, the Community Housing Sector aims to advance future discussions with the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary to create a funding pipeline to keep building new homes beyond the Big Housing Build.

Delivering social housing means working across planning and local government to create more homes and the sector is committed to working constructively with incoming ministers, Lizzie Blandthorn as the new Minister for Planning and the Minister for Local Government, Melissa Horne.

CHIA Vic would like to congratulate outgoing Housing Minister Richard Wynne, for his transformational legacy in the housing and planning portfolios; delivering the $5.3 Billion Big Housing Build, Australia’s first Common Ground development, streamlined planning provisions for social housing and the introduction of Affordable Housing as an objective of the Planning and Environment Act. These efforts have laid the foundation for a brighter future for social housing in Victoria, and a legacy for incoming Ministers to build on.

Quotes attributable to CHIA Vic CEO Sarah Toohey:

“Housing is critical social infrastructure that helps build fairer cities and towns, and the Community Housing Sector looks forward to working in partnership with Minister Danny Pearson to continue this important work.”

“The 12,000 homes being delivered through the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build must be the start of our collective efforts to address housing affordability in Victoria, not the end.

“Ongoing and enduring partnerships between state government, local government, and the community housing sector will be essential to house diverse communities across the state, including people on low incomes to key workers.”

For interviews or more information:

Sue Masters

CHIA Vic Communications Manager

0448 505 517