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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Construction starts on social housing development

A new social housing project in Newcastle will provide jobs and a timely economic boost for the city.

The NSW Government announced that construction has begun on two sites, Richard Street in Adamstown and MacArthur Street in Shortland.

The development is worth a combined $7.34 million, will develop 22 new homes across the sites, and bring around 34 jobs during construction.

The $3.98 million project at Adamstown will see three old cottages replaced by an architecturally designed building, which will house 14 new homes.

The Richard Street development will feature two structures with a mix of flat and pitched rooflines, and its façade draws inspiration from the white-washed colours of Newcastle’s coast.

The $3.36 million site at Shortland will similarly demolish two ageing properties, set to be replaced by a two-storey complex with eight new homes.

The Shortland site will retain its 19-metre spotted gum tree, and feature a light coloured brick façade and a low pitched roofline.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, said the development would deliver for vulnerable members of the community in Newcastle, as it is close to shops, transport links and essential services.

“They are typical of the new homes that are being designed and delivered by the NSW Government through the NSW Land and Housing Corporation, to support people in need and build better communities” Ms Cusack said. 

The development is part of the NSW Government’s ‘future directions’ scheme, which aims to prioritise developing more social housing, more opportunities to leave social housing, as well as better a social housing experience.

The government aims to improve social housing so that it blends in with the local community.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, praised the economic benefit that the projects would bring.

“At a time when we need it most, these projects are also helping boost our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting 34 construction jobs and keeping money flowing through local businesses and the local economy,” Mrs Pavey said.

Director and General Manager of Newcastle-based Graph Building, Ross Howard, explained that the projects would benefit local subcontractors and tradespeople.

“These projects have come at a really good time for us, our subcontractors and our suppliers, and we’ll be working to deliver a quality outcome for future residents,” he said.

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