The NSW Government has commenced construction on a $3.2 million social housing redevelopment project in Wagga Wagga, helping support vulnerable community members while boosting local jobs and the local economy.
Around 16 regional jobs will be supported during construction of the two-storey, 10-unit apartment building at South Parade, delivering immediate economic benefits to the local economy.
Designed to the highest standards, the modern, fit-for-purpose building boasts architectural features that blend in with the surrounding area, and was purposefully located close to local shops, transport links and Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.
The project will see an unused vacant lot transformed into eight one-bedroom and two two-bedroom units, with onsite car parking and extensive landscaping works included in the development.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the development demonstrates the smart approach the NSW Government is taking to growing its housing portfolio, and was helping support jobs at a crucial time.
“As our communities begin to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, social housing projects like this provide much-needed jobs and income for the local construction industry, and deliver new homes for those who need them most,” Minister Pavey said.
Westbury Constructions Pty Ltd Managing Director, Darren Price, said the company had sought expressions of interest from local trade subcontractors to assist with construction of the project.
“We had a strong response from local tradespeople and suppliers as part of our tendering process, and as a result, the project is expected to provide employment and business opportunities for dozens of individual subcontractors, including apprentices,” Mr Price said.
Residents are expected to move into the completed project in the second half of 2021.
The South Parade project follows the NSW Government’s call in early July for expressions of interest from the community housing sector to help transform Wagga Wagga’s Tolland housing estate into a vibrant and progressive mixed-tenure community.
The NSW Government is also separately progressing plans for a four-unit project at Spring Street, Wagga Wagga.
The developments are 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.