Public Housing Residents Want Air Conditioning

PUBLIC housing residents in an award-winning estate, in Shepparton, are resorting to sleeping outside, because their homes are too hot.

One resident of the Channel Estate in West Shepparton described the temperature of their homes as being “like a microwave” – often 10C to 15C hotter than outside.

The Dennis Family Corporation  development won an award for excellence in the Urban Development Institute of Australia in the best affordable development category, the Herald Sun reports.

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VCAT to Decide High Rise Prahran Apartment Tower

PLANS to redevelop Prahran’s former Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind office into a nine-level apartment building have been rejected by the Stonnington City Council, and will be decided by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The prominent 85 – 97A High Street office will be demolished and replaced with a $25 million, 108-unit complex, under a proposal by the site’s new owner.
The project would be the tallest apartment tower in Prahran, outside of public housing complexes at the Bangs and Horace Petty estates, which soar 16 levels.

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Whitten Oval, Footscray, to Make Way For More Social Housing

Whitten OvalPART of Footscray’s Western Oval football ground will make way for a $90 million, 251-unit affordable and social housing project, under new plans proposed by the Club.

The Western Bulldogs wants to team with social housing developer HomeGround Services, to build potential high-rise project, at the Geelong Road edge of the Whitten Oval stadium, around the busy Gordon Road onramp (to Geelong Road).

Funding will come from the Federal Labor Government’s Nation Building Fund.

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Commission Flats Earmarked for Melbourne CBD Gateway Site

A LANDMARK CBD building – formerly the Department of Defence Drill Hall – will be developed into Melbourne’s next social housing project.
The State Government has sold the prominent 74-year old Art Deco building – with its distinguished double storey pillars – to social housing developer Melbourne Affordable Housing which plans to build an 8-level, 59-unit tower on the triangle site.
At an estimated cost of about $30 million, the “gateway” development is mooted for the junction where Victoria Street meets Therry Street, opposite the Ibis Hotel, and the Carlton suburb border.

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