The NSW Government has approved a $7 million social housing redevelopment in Goulburn to help support the local economy and vulnerable community members.
The project will deliver immediate economic benefits to the region by supporting around 35 local jobs during construction and delivering 20 new homes to help revitalise the surrounding area.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the development would see five ageing fibro cottages on the corner of Mary and Hume Streets transformed into two low-rise apartment buildings close to local schools, shops and essential services.
“As the State continues to recover from drought, bushfire and COVID-19, social housing projects like this provide jobs and income for the local construction industry, while delivering new, fit-for-purpose homes,” Minister Pavey said.
“The project also demonstrates the smart approach we’re taking to growing our housing portfolio, by replacing aged dwellings with new well-designed homes that support the needs of local people and reflect the vision and values of the local community.”
Goulburn Wulmaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk said the approval was fantastic news for local business and local residents needing long-term affordable housing in the region, and met Council’s vision to revitalise and grow residential areas near Goulburn town centre.
“This is a development of great quality that will help Council meet its goal of uplifting Goulburn’s town centre and attracting more people to this fantastic region,” said Mr Kirk.
The Mary and Hume Streets development is architecturally designed to the highest standards and comprises two discrete and separate low-rise apartment buildings with a total of 12 one-bedroom units and 8 two-bedroom units.
Extensive landscaping works will also be carried out, with a magnificent 19-metre English Oak tree retained on site and used as the centerpiece in a shared open space area.
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) will be releasing a construction tender in July, with construction expected to begin in October.
The redevelopment is part of the NSW Government’s Future Directions for Social Housing – a plan to provide more and better social housing that blends-in with local communities.