Parliament told of dire need for housing in Seymour
17 November 2015
Friday 13 November 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has highlighted the dire need for additional crisis accommodation and public housing in Seymour.
With the number of families waiting for public housing in Seymour reaching nearly 200, Ms Ryan has raised the issue in Parliament calling for action to address the growing problem.
“Under the Andrews Labor Government the number of people waiting for housing in Seymour has now reached 198,” Ms Ryan said.
“The government has been silently posting quarterly figures online which show a disturbing trend, with the state-wide waiting list hitting nearly 35,000 people.
Ms Ryan said she was aware of one instance where a person was given a tent because no other option was available.
“With a growing number of people on the waiting list, agencies are running out of options,” Ms Ryan said.
“I am concerned that the public housing waiting list is going to blow out like it did under the last Labor government, when it reached around 41,000 people.
“The public waiting list had been decreasing steadily under the Coalition but it’s taken just six months for Labor to undo everything that had been achieved.
“Despite Daniel Andrews’ promise to reduce the waiting list for public housing, it has now increased by around 800 people statewide in the last six months alone.”
Ms Ryan said the Andrews Labor Government’s 2015/16 Budget forecasts a net loss in public housing residences, which will only force more people onto the waiting list.
“With a budget now in deficit it is hard to see how Daniel Andrews will be able to afford to reverse this concerning trend,” Ms Ryan said.