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Social housing building future construction jobs

Last published on 16 Oct 2020 in News

Construction is underway on a new social housing renewal project at Short Street, Dubbo, delivering genuine benefits for senior community members and TAFE students.

Short Street Dubbo TAFE studentsThe two-storey development will see eight social housing apartments built as part of a partnership between TAFE and the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC).

TAFE Dubbo construction students will work alongside professional tradespeople and TAFE supervisors on-site, to help students gain invaluable hands-on experience building new homes.

It’s part of a broader program that’s growing the construction industry’s skills base and making young people employment-ready.

Designated for seniors, the Short Street development is located near public transport and shops and 1.2km from the Dubbo town centre.

LAHC Short Street Dubbo artist renderNSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the $2.22 million project will also create additional revenue for building materials suppliers and tradespeople, helping boost the Dubbo economy.

“We expect that professional subcontractors in areas such as plumbing, electrical works, roofing and scaffolding will be working on this site,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Construction has also started on a $5.39 million project at Jubilee Street in South Dubbo to build 14 new social housing properties to support senior tenants.

“This redevelopment is also boosting the local economy by prioritising spending with local business and trades, creating an estimated 23 jobs during construction.

These new homes will also be located near health services, shops and other facilities and are deliberately designed and landscaped to complement the character of the surrounding neighbourhood.

The skills building partnership between TAFE NSW and LAHC has been benefitting future construction workers since the 1980s.

The Dubbo site is one of three current LAHC construction projects which will use TAFE students. These projects involve an estimated 130 pre-apprentice students working to deliver keys in doors for 21 new social homes.

Since 1999, an estimated 1,200 pre-apprenticeship carpentry and plumbing students have helped build more than 30 new properties, while enhancing their skills and future career prospects.

Across the Dubbo LGA, there are currently six projects in progress, with the potential to create 50 social housing dwellings, 85 jobs and $19.3 million in construction activity.

Fast Facts on TAFE NSW/LAHC Skills Building Partnership

  • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in 2012 formalised the long-standing partnership between TAFE NSW and the LAHC.
  • An updated four-year agreement struck late last year is already bearing dividends, with three joint TAFE-LAHC housing projects underway (two in Western Sydney and one in regional NSW).
  • In 2019, TAFE NSW students worked on completed projects at Adam St, Guildford and Dennistoun Rd, Guildford West, with four-bedroom dwellings built on each site.