Melbourne Social Housing Project Raises Accessibility Concerns After Promised Features Missing

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Melbourne Social Housing Project Raises Accessibility Concerns After Promised Features Missing

Accessibility Concerns Raised at New Melbourne Social Housing Complex

A resident at a new social housing complex in Melbourne's Ascot Vale has raised concerns about the lack of promised accessibility features, prompting the removal of information about these features from the project's website.

The $104 million Dunlop Avenue development was touted as having "dedicated drop-off areas, car parking, lifts and pathways" for people with disabilities. However, a tenant with a disability, Jessica Hutchins, complained that these features were not present.

In response to her complaint, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing requested the builder, Built Pty Ltd, to remove the information about drop-off areas from their website. Homes Victoria, the state government's social housing agency, also removed similar information from its website.

This incident has sparked concerns about the government's social housing plans, which involve outsourcing responsibility for the sector to non-government housing organizations. Critics, like Greens housing spokeswoman Samantha Ratnam, worry that this could lead to a decline in the quality of social housing and a lack of accountability.

The government maintains that the Dunlop Avenue development is compliant with building regulations and that any defects will be addressed. However, the incident highlights the importance of ensuring that social housing projects are accessible and meet the needs of all residents.