A social housing transformation has been completed in Queanbeyan, delivering 18 new social housing properties to support vulnerable people in the local community.
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation redevelopment at Thurralilly Street and Pound Street in Queanbeyan East, has seen four dilapidated cottages knocked down and transformed into a two-storey building with six one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units.
These new homes were delivered by LAHC working with building partner, Van Mal Group, on the $6.11 million project, which also created around 31 jobs during construction.
The architecturally designed building and new homes typify the government’s ongoing commitment and investment to deliver more and better social housing in regional NSW.
The 18 new homes will support people in need and have been designed to complement the surrounding community’s character; as demonstrated by the support the project gained from the local community, during the public exhibition phase.
The project has used a contemporary architectural style, with a range of modern building materials, and is completed with mature street plantings, to reflect its suburban location.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said this is the first of nine projects to be completed in the NSW Government’s regional social housing construction program, announced in mid-2019, with construction works underway at Gosford, Wagga Wagga, Nowra and Dubbo.
“As non-metropolitan communities such as Queanbeyan grow, so too does the need to build more modern, fit for purpose social housing to support individuals and families who need it,” she said.
Van Mal Group Construction Director, Nico van Mal, said the project was an excellent example of clever and modern architectural design, to support the local community’s needs.
“The team at Van Mal Group engaged with and worked alongside excellent local companies, including subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers and service providers all of which were actively involved and contributed to the successful redevelopment of this site,” he said.
“Van Mal Group is proud to be delivering this important community project as well as providing jobs to many individuals in the local Queanbeyan and surrounding areas.”
The NSW Government is currently working to deliver a further 74 new social homes which will create about 131 jobs in the State’s South East and Tablelands region.