The NSW Government has backed up its pledge to address a growing housing crisis on the NSW North Coast, calling on the private and not-for-profit sectors to champion innovative ways to collaborate on delivering solutions for Coffs Harbour.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, today opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) for builders and the community housing sector to renew a suburban area south of Bray Street, close to the Coffs Park Beach Plaza retail precinct.
The area, defined as the ‘Argyll Estate’, contains 127 properties and two vacant land lots owned by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO).
Minister Pavey said the EOI was designed to bring innovative new ideas to the table and test how existing government assets might be leveraged to deliver much-needed modern, high-quality new social and private housing in the region.
“We’re working hard to create a safer and stronger regional NSW, but good housing cannot be delivered by government alone, which is why we’re looking to harness expertise and innovation from the private and not-for-profit sectors,” Mrs Pavey said.
“We’re also trying to determine if the renewal models that have successfully delivered mixed housing communities in Sydney can work just as well here in the regions.”
Member for Coffs Harbour, Gurmesh Singh, said increased focus on housing availability in recent months had prompted the need to look at more local solutions.
“The discussions on the housing shortages on the North Coast have identified that, alongside greenfield sites, an increase in density is also required to meet the demands of our growing population,” Mr Singh said.
“Strategies like this will help create new homes close to shops, amenities, and transport, and increasing the diversity of housing in the Argyll Estate, as well as the renewal of public housing assets, will have positive social and economic benefits.”
The EOI supports the objectives of Coffs Harbour City Council’s Local Growth Management Strategy, and respondents must highlight opportunities for innovation in design, sustainability, financial and delivery outcomes.
Respondents must present ideas that increase the density and diversity of housing, as well as replace existing social housing with modern, new social homes that better meet local demand and are culturally sensitive for Aboriginal residents, within a modern mixed tenure community.
Social housing residents in the Argyll Estate have been informed directly of the EOI by their respective community housing provider. At this time no relocations are taking place.
Should a viable Concept Plan be put forward, all community members will be invited to have their say.
The Argyll Estate renewal EOI is being run by LAHC and is open until Friday 18 June.