Prahran's Horace Petty public housing estate will be the focus of a renewal to benefit tenants of all ages.
Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell, together with Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown, today announced $274,000 would be spent on a revitalised playground and community hub, and a new elderly visitation program.
"The exciting thing about this announcement is that there's something for people at all stages of their lives," Ms Lovell said.
"From children to parents, jobseekers to the elderly, we're partnering with local groups to deliver a more inclusive, community-focused estate."
The $274,000 comprises:
- $150,000 for the Prahran Adventure Playground, which will see the existing central playground redeveloped in partnership with the City of Stonnington. The project will include the installation of new play equipment and a multi-purpose softball court, a kitchen upgrade, a new toilet block and a shade structure;
- $100,000 for a new Community Hub and IT Project, which will see the existing hub refurbished, with an internal fit-out including IT equipment for the use of tenants; and
- $24,000 for an Elderly Visitation Program, which will improve social inclusion for elderly residents, training volunteers in Home and Community Care. Jewish Care, Inner South Community Health Services and the South Yarra Public Tenants Association will be partners in the delivery of the program.
Mr Newton-Brown, who is also the chair of the Community Liaison Committee for the Horace Petty Estate, said the news would be welcomed by tenants.
"The upgrade of the existing Community Hub will make a huge difference to tenants wanting to improve their education, training and work prospects," Mr Newton-Brown said.
"I'm also happy to see elderly tenants being a focus, through a program that will help to keep them connected to their community."
Ms Lovell said it was especially pleasing to know the playground would be redeveloped for the estate's youngest residents.
"Through my other portfolio, as Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, I know that a safe, fun, interactive play space can make a big difference, especially for children living in apartments or a highrise estate," Ms Lovell said.
"The newly renovated kitchen will also be a benefit for community members who run the before school breakfast club, after school clubs and homework groups – two of the many programs that are so important to those who call the Horace Petty Estate home."