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Friday, January 22, 2021

Social housing boost in Newcastle

Thirty-two new social housing homes at an investment of $11.59 million are on their way to Newcastle.

The housing renewal projects, at Landa Parade and Stannet Street in Waratah West, and Richard Street in Adamstown will support more than 50 jobs.

NSW Land and Housing Corporation Acting Chief Executive, Deborah Brill, said the government’s investment was accelerating the construction of new social housing in the region to support jobs and income for local businesses, tradespeople and apprentices.

“These housing renewal projects are supporting local vulnerable people who need the security and protection that goes with having a new home,” she said.

“This $11.59 million investment is also benefitting the local economy and community by prioritising local spending and providing local jobs that’ll help keep a roof over the heads of other local families and food on their tables.”

The redevelopments are part of about 50 projects being delivered under the NSW Government’s $400 million Fast Track Housing Construction Package, to help boost economic recovery from COVID-19 in local communities throughout the state.

Construction is due to start early next year on the two projects in Waratah West and the one in Adamstown is set for completion in mid-2021.

This adds to the $47 million announced in April and delivered by the Land and Housing Corporation, which supported 500 jobs and provided works to improve more than 2,200 dwellings and another 200 buildings, grounds and complexes in New South Wales.