The Honorable Richard Wynne, Minister for Housing formally opened nine new apartments at Centacare Housing Services’ Mitchell Park complex on Wednesday 15 December.
Accompanying Minister Wynne were other distinguished guests including Juliana Addison, Member for Wendouree and Michaela Settle, Member for Buninyong and Bishop of Ballarat, Bishop Paul Bird.
CatholicCare Victoria CEO, Agnes Sheehan commenced the opening with an Acknowledgment of Country and an introduction of the project, recognizing the symbolic commitment to affordable housing shared by the State Government and the Catholic Church in Victoria.
Bishop Paul Bird provided a reflection and blessing of the apartments, followed by the formal opening by Minister Wynne and concluding with Chair of Centacare Housing Services, Neil Jens touching on the significance of these new apartments and the opportunities they bring.
The nine new homes comprise of six one-bedroom apartments and three two bedroom apartments, offering a range of accommodation options to suit families, couples or individuals. The apartments provide an affordable alternative to public housing and private rental accommodation.
More importantly, these apartments will provide stability of home life that will enable enhanced well-being, build greater independence and provide increased opportunities for education, employment, and community participation.
Pictured from left: Michaela Settle - Member for Buninyong, Ross Wheatland - CEO Centacare Housing Services, Neil Jens – Chair Centacare Housing Services, Julianna Addison - Member for Wendouree, The Hon. Richard Wynne – Minister for Housing, Bishop Paul Bird – Bishop of Ballarat and Agnes Sheehan, CEO CatholicCare Victoria.
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