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Social housing boost for Wollongong

Last published on 17 Sep 2020 in News

Work is underway to deliver 18 new homes to support vulnerable people in Wollongong, with the NSW Government progressing two social housing projects valued at $5.91 million in total. This investment will also support 30 jobs during construction and boost the local economy.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, announced construction has commenced on a $2.6 million project to build eight new homes on Blackman Parade, Unanderra, which will also support an estimated 13 full-time jobs.

Detailed plans have also been released for a $3.31 million development to build 10 new homes on Jemima Street, Unanderra, which will also support an estimated 17 full-time jobs during construction and provide a vital boost to the NSW economy.

Both developments are located close to local shops, services, schools and public transport, and form part of the NSW Government’s Future Directions for Social Housing and its ongoing investment to deliver more and better social housing in Wollongong and throughout NSW.

“Social housing projects like these provide more new homes for those who need them most in the region, while delivering jobs and income for the local economy, to support our recovery from bushfires and COVID-19,” Mrs Pavey said.

“They also demonstrate the smart approach we’re taking to growing our housing portfolio, by replacing ageing dwellings with modern fit-for-purpose homes that support the needs of local people and reflect the vision and values of the local community.”

The Blackman Parade development will deliver four one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units with onsite parking, associated landscaping works and the construction of a new footpath, and is set for completion in the first half of 2021, with residents to move in shortly after.

The Jemima Street development will consist of six one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units, with generous front setbacks and extensive landscaping included.

Wollongong City Council and neighbouring residents have been invited to submit any feedback on the Jemima Street plans by 14 September, 2020. Subject to planning approval, construction on the project is proposed to commence in early 2021.

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation is also separately progressing the delivery of about 75 new homes across Unanderra, Berkeley, Port Kembla and Warrawong.

In May 2020, the NSW Government also announced two major projects valued at $36 million to deliver 100 new social, affordable and private homes, at Robert Street, Corrimal, with construction underway, and Crown Street, Wollongong.