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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Social housing slated for Waratah West

Social housing in Waratah West is set to improve, thanks to the release of draft plans for eight new units in the suburb.

The NSW Government has released the plans in a bid to deliver new housing to support vulnerable community members and set the standard for quality housing design.

The plans will transform two existing cottages to into eight, modern fit-for-purpose units on Stannett Street, Waratah West.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, said the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) was seeking feedback on the plans.

“The proposed $2.68 million project would transform two, ageing fibro cottages into eight new homes that are well located close to green space, local schools, transport links and the Calvary Mater hospital,” she said.

“If approved, this project has the potential to support approximately 17 jobs during construction and provide an immediate boost to the local economy.”

The Stannett Street project is proposed to have four two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units, with ground level parking and associated landscaping works, including the retention of mature native Ironbark and Spotted Gum trees.

If approved, construction of the project is expected to begin in late 2020 or early 2021.

With its modern angled rooflines for high ceilings, black window frames and brick and black cladding, this contemporary housing is expected to set new benchmarks for design and quality in the local area.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the project forms part of the state government’s investment in delivering more and better social housing to support communities and jobs throughout NSW.

“This project demonstrates the smart approach we’re taking to growing our housing portfolio, by replacing ageing dwellings with more homes which are well-designed that support the needs of local people,” Mrs Pavey said.

Other LAHC projects currently proposed in the local area include a $3.37 million project to deliver 10 new homes on Landa Parade, Waratah West, and a $2.69 million project to build eight homes at Macarthur Street, Shortland.