Housing Minister Wendy Lovell has launched the next phase of the $80 million New Norlane project, announcing the builders who will partner with the Victorian Coalition Government to revitalise the suburb.
Hamlan Homes, Porter Davis and Burbank Australia will build the bulk of the 320 new affordable private and public homes in Norlane by 2015.
"These builders were selected by the Department of Human Services from a very strong field of tenderers," Ms Lovell said.
"Their selection for the $80 million New Norlane project is a testimony to their shared commitment to work with the Coalition Government to provide quality, affordable housing for families in Norlane."
The companies will work with the Coalition Government to build 160 new private homes and a display village in Norlane, along with approximately half of the 160 new public housing homes for the area. All 320 homes are being built on vacant blocks of land.
The remainder of the public housing dwellings are being built by a range of Government approved builders over the course of the project. T.J and H.M Cuell, Rendine Constructions and Hamlan Homes have recently been contracted to deliver 11 of these new homes.
Announced by Ms Lovell last November, the four-year New Norlane initiative is one of the largest public and private housing projects undertaken in Victoria.
"This project will revitalise Norlane, with a mix of public and affordable private housing, along with new local opportunities, jobs and investment," Ms Lovell said.
"The $80 million project will include homes for private sale, with the new homes well-suited to young families. A display village with some of the best value new homes in Geelong will be set up in Norlane."
The first 14 public homes have already been built, with families welcomed to their new homes in December 2011 by Ms Lovell and the Member for Western Victoria Region David Koch, who chairs the project Community Advisory Committee.
"Today's announcement is the next step in a revitalisation that will make a huge difference to the people of Norlane, and Geelong as a whole," Mr Koch said.
The City of Geelong has planning authority for the new homes, which will remain low-density and be spread throughout the suburb.