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Boost for local jobs and housing in Western Sydney

Artist's impression of LAHC development Hilltop Street, Merrylands

Construction has started on 10 new social homes at Hilltop Road in Merrylands, as part of a broader $47.2 million investment in the Cumberland local government area that’s delivering a boost for jobs, economic activity and support for vulnerable people.

In total, eight stimulus funded housing renewal projects are underway to build 142 new social homes across the Cumberland local government area and support around 235 jobs in the construction industry.

The latest project at Merrylands, which will deliver four one-bedroom and six two-bedroom homes for seniors, is one of more than 50 projects being delivered under the NSW Government’s $400 million Fast Track Housing Construction Package, to help boost economic recovery from COVID-19.

This $47.2 million investment is accelerating the construction of new social housing in the region to provide a welcome boost for jobs and income to support local businesses, tradespeople and apprentices.

The $3.37 million housing renewal project at Hilltop Road in Merrylands will transform two old, outdated properties into 10 new and modern homes to support seniors.

This redevelopment will also support 17 jobs during construction, which is set to finish in late 2021 or early 2022. These new homes also provide lower ongoing maintenance costs to provide even more real benefits for new tenants.

The 10 new homes are also designed to provide natural daylight and solar access into the primary living spaces, external living areas and courtyards and to also blend in with the local neighbourhood’s character.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the NSW Land and Housing Corporation projects in the Cumberland local government area were typical of many others being delivered throughout the State; including in regional NSW.

“These new homes are connecting tenants to essential services that provide better support, and they’re also helping to build stronger and safer communities,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The $400 million Fast Track Construction Package will deliver more keys to open doors for new social housing such as this, 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.

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