The Victorian Government is investing $4 million in energy efficiency upgrades for high-rise public housing estates to improve the amenity for tenants, lower greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.

This investment is part of a $15.3 million energy package unveiled by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio to invest in renewables, grow jobs and keep energy bills low.

The Government is investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades to improve the functionality of public buildings, empower energy users and create jobs.

Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Jenny Mikakos MP, said the investments will improve the energy efficiency of high-rise public housing across metropolitan Melbourne with buildings at 56 Derby Street, Kensington and 94 Ormond Street, Kensington identified as potential priorities.

The funding will focus on upgrades to bulk hot water systems and lighting in shared spaces, improving amenity and reliability for tenants.

The upgrades will also deliver broader benefits to Victoria. The energy bill savings will return to Government, thus benefiting taxpayers, and reducing energy demand in the buildings will contribute to Victoria’s emissions reduction efforts.

The project will be delivered in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and will build upon similar upgrades undertaken between 2018 and 2019 on nine public housing estates.

The Victorian Government is investing in public housing energy efficiency is part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works Building Works package for projects to get thousands of people back to work.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Jenny Mikakos:

“Investing in energy efficiency is a win for the economy, the community and environment. It improves the amenity for tenants, but also delivers jobs and lowers emissions”

“The need for economic stimulus provides an opportunity to undertake important energy efficiency upgrades to high rise public housing”.