14th June 2019

Villawood Properties calls on industry to consider Care Worker incentives

Villawood Properties is calling on Victorian businesses to consider offering financial concessions to Care Workers as a means to ensure the future liveability of the state.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews attended the media conference, reaffirming his endorsement of the Care Worker Support Program.

“Nurses, teachers and carers are crucial in making Victoria such a great place to live. That’s why it’s so important they have the chance to live near their work, particularly as our outer suburbs grow.

Through its care worker support program, Villawood is supporting those who work so hard for us all,” Premier Andrews said.

 

Villawood currently offers $20,000 price cuts, and sets aside 20 per cent of land in its new releases, for care workers. Since the Care Worker Support Program’s launch last year, Villawood has helped over 50 care workers toward their own home, dispersing more than $300,000 in rebates.

Nurse Lindu Santhosh and her partner Paul Geren, an aged care worker bought a block in Villawood’s Rathdowne community in Wollert under the Care Worker Support Program.

Ms. Santhosh said the peace of mind that they will soon own their own home, meant they could re-channel their mental energy into caring for the community.

“Working in the care sector is certainly a calling – long days, hard work and it can be mentally draining because of just how much you care about the people you are working with,” she said.“Everyone is working so hard to make a life beyond their day job. To be acknowledged by companies such as Villawood, in a way that takes some pressure off, it’s just amazing.”

Giving care workers in particular the certainty that they will be able to live near where they work enables them to offer better care for the community in growth corridors.

We sincerely hope other businesses across the state will dig deep and help all the teachers, nurses, aged care workers firefighters, police, emergency services and other care workers in whatever way they can.

The Herald Sun’s coverage of this media call can be viewed HERE