Work Starts On Wellbeing Housing Project For Aged Care In Victoria

Construction has started on a new wellbeing project in Carlton, Victoria yesterday (August 13) with a price tag of approximately $180 million. 

State minister for housing Wendy Lovell visited the site on Rathdowne Street, where work was taking place.

The initiative aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people in the state by developing the public and private housing in the area.

The Wellbeing Precinct is a segment of the Victorian government's Carlton housing redevelopment project.

Ms Lovell said the government, together with the Australian Unity, wanted to find ways to increase the number of local public housing tenants who could work on the construction of the project to improve local employment figures.

It is expected to boost hiring in the area, resulting in 200 construction jobs and about 150 jobs in aged care, hospitality and cleaning services, Ms Lovell said.

A report commissioned by the Department of Human Services and the Melbourne City Council highlighted the need for more aged care facilities in the area in the next 10 years, she commented.

"To respond to the needs of older residents, the Australian Unity Carlton Wellbeing Precinct will feature an Aged Care and Wellbeing Centre and two retirement living buildings, set around a central park," Ms Lovell said.

The two retirement living housing buildings are set to be completed by 2017 and will have 181 independent units and facilities for older people, providing financing opportunities for those with a vested interest in the area of aged care.