LIA FINOCCHIARO MLA
LEADER of the Opposition
Leader of the Opposition
CLP announces $20 million “Greener Safer Homes” stimulus
Today the CLP Opposition calls on the Labor Government to immediately boost the Territory’s struggling economy by introducing a $20 million Greener Safer Homes scheme which the CLP will implement if elected in August.
“Greener Safer Homes is a stimulus package that will support upwards of 5,000 homeowners to spend money on upgrades and get money flowing through our economy,” Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said today.
“We will introduce the scheme immediately if we win government. However, today we call on the Labor Government to introduce this stimulus package immediately to ward off some of the economic impacts of coronavirus.”
The CLP Greener Safer Homes stimulus package will grant thousands of Territory homeowners a dollar for dollar subsidy of up to $4000 to improve their homes and stimulate the economy.
Greener Safer Homes will match homeowner spends of up to $2000 for general home improvement upgrades and up to $4000 for works that specifically enhance the environmental, energy efficiency or security credentials of a home.
Mrs Finocchiaro said the scheme recognises that Territorians want to reduce their environmental footprint and protect themselves from crime. This scheme would boost work for local Territory tradies, get the wider economy moving and enhance housing quality.
“What Greener Safer Homes means is that if you’re thinking about retiling the bathroom, a CLP Government will chip in half the cost up to $2,000. If you want put in new security screens, CCTV or take steps to boost energy efficiency in your home, a CLP Government will provide half the cost up to $4000,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.
“Labor’s mismanagement has ruined the local economy. Greener Safer Homes under a new CLP Government will not only encourage home improvements, but will boost local businesses and keep people employed.
“Labor has ignored property crime across the Territory. They provide grants for businesses to protect themselves, but not for home owners. This scheme changes that,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.
The $20 million dedicated for Greener Safer Homes will be reallocated from the Local Jobs Fund, as a more efficient way of boosting the economy. The Jobs Fund has sat idle, so we will actually spend the money to support jobs.
“The CLP’s Tradie Scheme was a huge success generating approximately $60 million in economic activity and allowed major improvements to homes across the Territory,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.
“We want Territorians to bring forward those small jobs around the home to support our tradies and get the economy growing again,” Mrs Finocchiaro concluded.
Key aspects of Greener Safer Homes:
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