The State Government is accelerating $3.4 million worth of social housing maintenance projects in Whyalla to stimulate local employment.

The projects will increase employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour, with the employment opportunities open only to Whyalla residents.

The work program will also provide training opportunities and apprenticeships.

The initiative will result in significant upgrades to local social housing properties, including:

  • 42 kitchen upgrades
  • 49 bathroom upgrades
  • replacement roofing, gutters, windows, concrete or fencing at 62 units
  • external upgrades at a group of 15 two-bedroom units
  • horticultural works

The works will be funded by the State Government through Housing SA, and will be completed by 30 June 2018.

Any Whyalla residents interested in these employment opportunities should contact Trade Maintenance Direct on (08) 86230400.

Background

In addition to the positive employment outcomes, the project will also improve the overall quality and condition of social housing in Whyalla.

In total, about 220 properties will benefit from this work across all types of housing, including some group sites.

The stimulus project is in addition to upgrades already scheduled for Whyalla properties. Maintenance to social housing in other regions of the state will not be impacted by this project.

Quotes attributable to Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison

People living in Whyalla are very resilient and positive about the future, despite recent employment challenges in the region.

This stimulus project will provide a boost for the city, by providing new employment opportunities over the next 16 months.

The employment and training opportunities will be open only to Whyalla residents, providing maximum benefits to local workers and their families.

Quotes attributable to Member for Giles Eddie Hughes

One the best things about this stimulus program is that all of the jobs created are for Whyalla locals.

I was really pleased to visit the first home being renovated today and to learn that the contractors had already employed four new people, two of which were apprentices.

This is a great investment in Whyalla which not only improves public housing tenants homes, but creates local jobs and boosts economic activity.