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Lower Hunter social housing big winners from water efficiency program

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Residents in social housing across the Lower Hunter are set to be among those to experience the financial and environmental benefits of water efficiency programs.

It will follow a partnership between NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and Hunter Water.

Construction has started on a new $6.14 million social housing project at East Maitland, which will create an estimated 31 jobs.

The development – a short walk to Victoria Street station and the $470 million Maitland Hospital – includes seven two-bedroom units, 11 one-bedroom apartments and accessible parking spaces.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government was not only committed to a supply of social housing in the region but also ensuring residents could save on living costs such as water bills.

“This development is part of the NSW Government’s $400 million Fast Track Housing Construction Package, which will deliver almost 1,300 new social homes across the state, supporting an estimated 800 direct and 1,200 indirect jobs during construction,” she explained.

“For the people who’ll call this place home, every cent counts.

“So, we have ensured this building is fitted with energy efficient lighting and solar panels as well as water saving fittings and features.”

The residents in East Maitland will not be the only people to get potential savings in their weekly budget, with the NSW government launching a water efficiency program for social housing in the region.

Hunter Water managing director Darren Cleary said about 1,200 social housing households would receive upgrades, delivering water savings by installing modern fittings.

“We estimate the new program will deliver ongoing savings of about 120 million litres per year, which will help the tenants through reduced water and energy bills,” he added.

“The works for each property include replacing old, single-flush toilets, installing water efficient showerheads, fitting aerators on taps and repairing leaks.”

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