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$62 million boost for public housing in Prahran

Tuesday, 02 July 2013
Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell today officially opened the first stage of the Horace Petty Estate redevelopment in Prahran, which provides new sustainable housing and improved open space.
Ms Lovell was joined by Federal Member for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer, Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown, Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier, Stonnington Councillors, architects, builders and tenants.
“As Housing Minister, one of the real pleasures of my job is to open new developments that improve the lives of tenants, like the homes we are opening on the Prahran estate today,” Ms Lovell said.
“This estate was built in 1967, making it one of Melbourne’s first high-rise public housing estates.
“It’s wonderful that nearly 50 years later we are entering a new and exciting stage of planning to improve the estate for future generations.” 
The Victorian Coalition Government received $62 million from the Commonwealth Government’s Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) to build 188 new homes as the first stage of renewal of the Prahran estate.
The new homes consist of a mixture of one and two-bedroom units in three buildings ranging from four to 10 stories. 
All buildings have an average six-star energy rating.
Each home has either a balcony or courtyard, and residents can enjoy two new open spaces built as part of the project, including a rooftop courtyard and garden.
Ms Lovell said a landscaped park and playground have also been built, providing grassed areas, seating and playground equipment while retaining established trees.
“The new park and playground connects residents with the wider Prahran community, particularly through the welcoming entrance at the Malvern Road frontage,” Ms Lovell said.
“I’m also delighted to announce today a competition for estate and surrounding residents to name the new park; based on local history, culture, plant life or people.
“Details of the competition will be announced soon, and we look forward to hearing the names suggested by the local community.” 
Work on a masterplan for future redevelopment of the Prahran estate is continuing and a second round of community consultations on draft plans will take place early next year.
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