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Left to right: Unison CEO James King with Housing Minister Richard Wynne and local Member Tim Pallas at the sod-turning ceremony last week. Image Supplied.
  • Not-for-profit housing provider Unison will deliver the project
  • Project partly funded by the Victorian Government

Construction has begun on a new $30M social and housing development in Werribee, which will consist of 74 new dwellings for disadvantaged and vulnerable Victorians.

Social housing provider Unison will deliver the dwellings to the City of Wyndham which currently has a lack of social and affordable housing.

The project is partly funded by the Victorian Government’s Building Works stimulus program. The balance is funded by Unison.

Unison is a not-for-profit organisation that builds, owns and manages social, transitional and affordable housing.

Additionally, the organisation provides homelessness services in Melbourne’s West to over 3,500 households annually.  Any operating surplus the organisation receives is reinvested back into services, properties and the development of new housing.

Unison won two awards at the 2020 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Victoria Awards. One was for the overall Judges Award Metropolitan Melbourne for its Footscray social housing development, which contains 54 units.

Unison said it is committed to building a modern and safe project for the Werribee community with Unison CEO James King welcoming the partnership with the Victorian Government.

“This new development has been designed with a focus on renters’ wellbeing, safety and quality of life. Unison has high standards and build places that residents can be proud to live in.

“We want people who live in our buildings to feel safe, welcome and connected to their community.”

James King, Unison CEO

Victoria is currently undergoing its Big Housing Build project – the largest investment in social and affordable housing in Australia’s history.

The $30 million Werribee building will feature community spaces, solar panels and modern facilities. Its central location will also mean the property is close to nearby education facilities, employment opportunities, shopping precincts and support services.

The expected completion date for the development is mid-2022.

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