• Annemarie Taylor

Sunnyside Crescent to be home to $5.47m revamped social housing townhouses and villas

Construction begins in January on a $5.47m housing renewal project in North Richmond which will see four ageing social housing units transformed into 12 two-bedroom townhouses and two one-bedroom villas.

Both of the new buildings will be capable of being adapted for wheelchair access and according to the NSW government the work will support 27 jobs while boosting local spending on businesses and trades.

The project at Sunnyside is one of 50 being delivered under the NSW Government’s $400 million Fast Track Housing Construction Package, to help boost economic recovery from COVID-19 in local communities throughout the State.

“This housing renewal project at Sunnyside Crescent is supporting local vulnerable people who need the security and protection that goes with having a new home,” Hawkesbury MP Robyn Preston said.

“This $5.47 million investment is also benefitting the local economy and community by prioritising local spending and providing local jobs that’ll help keep a roof over the heads of other local families and food on their tables.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the $400m fast-track package would deliver more keys in doors for new social housing while generating greater security for the construction industry.

“We’re not just building hundreds of new homes throughout NSW to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people, we’re also creating critically important jobs to support people and businesses who need them, both in the NSW construction industry and broader economy,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This investment is also being backed by a priority initiative to fast-track project approvals so that shovels are in the ground faster.”

Under the Fast Track Housing Construction Package, $250 million will be used by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) to accelerate around 50 projects over the next two years to deliver about 580 new social homes throughout regional and metropolitan communities.

LAHC is also spending an additional $200 million on upgrading more than 3500 social housing dwellings across the State.

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