Construction has begun on a project to deliver new social housing to support vulnerable people in Wagga Wagga with a boost for jobs and the local economy.
Early site works are now underway on a two-storey, four-unit development at Spring Street, located close to local schools, shops and Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.
The $1.5 million investment will see an unused, vacant block transformed into safe, comfortable and energy-efficient homes for local people in need, and support other local families by creating about seven local jobs during construction
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey welcomed construction starting.
“Off the back of the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve prioritised the construction of new social homes and invested almost $900 million in the recent budget to build and accelerate thousands of new homes – almost half of which are being delivered in regional NSW,” Mrs Pavey said.
Matrix Group Co. Managing Director, Troy Loh said the Wagga Wagga project was an exciting one for the company’s regional team and will create opportunities for local subcontractors and tradespeople, including indigenous businesses and a number of apprentices.
“We value our long-term working relationship with LAHC as we continue to deliver new social housing projects across NSW and it is rewarding to know that we are playing a part in supporting local businesses while assisting in improving the lives of many – particularly during current times,” Mr Loh said.
Designed to the highest standard, the Spring Street development includes private first floor balconies, rainwater storage tanks, solar panels and landscaped areas with mature trees, with construction expected to be completed around September 2021.
The project is part of the NSW Government’s work to revitalise housing in Wagga Wagga, with construction also underway on a $3.2 million, 10-unit development on South Parade, and Argyle Consortium recently named as partner for the master planning of the Tolland housing estate renewal project.
These developments are part of the NSW Government’s Future Directions for Social Housing – a plan to provide more and better social housing that blends-in with local communities.