A Labor Government will install solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades in social housing properties as part of a plan to build safer, more energy efficient homes and save tenants money on their bills.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said it was important that social housing tenants were given better living conditions which would in turn help reduce their household bills.
Ms White said Labor’s plan to deliver energy efficient social housing would additionally create jobs in the state’s building and construction industries.
“A Labor Government will work with community housing providers to install solar panels to help social housing tenants reduce their power bills,” Ms White said.
“Labor will also provide heat pumps for older Tasmanians in social housing and pay for energy efficiency upgrades which will also mean savings of about $400 a year. It will also mean jobs.
“This is part of Labor’s commitment to improve social housing and reduce the cost of living for Tasmanian families.
“As we saw in Parliament this week, the Gutwein Government is simply ignoring the thousands of Tasmanian families doing it tough.
“Labor will help ensure we can make the lives of Tasmanians in social housing more comfortable by reducing their bills and keeping them warmer in the colder months.”
Under the Better Living in Social Housing initiative – part of Labor’s fully costed Working for Tasmania Jobs Plan – $17.5 million will be allocated towards installing solar panels, heat pumps and fixing the public housing maintenance backlog over two years. The program will provide a significant shot in the arm for the building and construction industries, creating 150 jobs.
Rebecca White MP