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Published on November 22nd, 2012

New suburb earmarked for Melbourne

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has welcomed the introduction of a development which will see a new suburb built in Melbourne's west.

Introduced by premier Ted Baillieu, minister for planning Matthew Guy and minister for water Peter Walsh – this new unnamed locale will house 7,000 new homes.

According to HIA regional executive director Gil King, it will be a stimulus to the economy and housing sector.

"Keeping housing affordable and providing adequate infrastructure to support access to services as part of the proposal will be among the key challenges for government as it moves ahead with the development at East Werribee," Mr King commented.

The executive director also said that the planning minister is in the process of releasing more land for real estate development, which is good news for those who are interested in becoming homeowners.

The HIA also welcomed the Growth Areas Authority in bringing this idea closer to reality and will be working with the state government on other such projects.

It comes as federal minister for regional Australia Simon Crean, in conjunction with the president of the HIA, Stuart Wilson, have turned the first soil as part of the construction of a $4.9 million trades training facility in Darwin.

Mr Wilson said this facility will stimulate the wider economy through the creation of jobs.

He illustrated: "The centre will provide training opportunities for young people in the construction industry to meet the skills needs of the sector in the Northern Territory."

As a result of this training program, 150 apprentices will graduate from the facility every year and around 500 workers will be upskilled as well.

This training centre will stimulate a future of more builders and tradespeople, Mr Wilson said, and as a result, the Northern Territory and the indigenous community will benefit.

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