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Collaboration delivers homes for Wollongong

Artist impression of 15-19 Crown Street, Wollongong

Construction has started on a $22 million mixed-tenure complex in the heart of Wollongong, providing new homes for people in need.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the project is a collaboration between the NSW Government, Traders In Purple, and Housing Trust.

“The 54-unit high-rise development in Crown Street will include social, affordable, and private housing, all delivered under the same roof,” Mr Roberts said.

“We know rental vacancies in Wollongong and the Illawarra are extremely low, which is why projects like these are a priority for us.

“More than 100 people, including 36 of our most vulnerable, will soon have a place to call home, close to existing services, with Wollongong South Beach just 200m away, the St George Illawarra Dragons NRL stadium across the road, shops around the corner, and some of the city’s best cafes and restaurants on the same street.”

Mr Roberts said the modern complex will feature 10 new social housing and 6 affordable housing units, with some units featuring dual-key access to enable carers to live alongside residents.

“We know these mixed-tenure complexes drive better community outcomes,” he said.

“We’ve currently got more than 750 social housing dwellings ready to be built in regional NSW, and collaborating with the private sector helps keep pace with the growing need for social and affordable housing.”

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the new homes will support some of our most vulnerable into social and affordable housing, providing those who need it most with a safe and stable home.

“Affordable accommodation provides some of our state’s most vulnerable with much needed stability that can relieve pressures and allow them to focus on prospects of further education, training or employment,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“These units will ensure many Wollongong locals have a safe space to call home.”

Housing Trust CEO Michele Adair said they are building vibrant inclusive communities.

“This mixed-tenure approach follows international best practice and innovation in housing, and this is an exemplar project we are proud to be part of,” Ms Adair said.

Traders In Purple Director Charlie Daoud said this was one of four partnership projects in its portfolio which partners with the NSW Land and Housing Corporation.

“We are passionate about delivering mixed-tenure communities,” Mr Daoud said.

“The majority of subcontractors and trades are local family businesses and it’s very satisfying for them to be building projects that give back to the community.”

For more information visit the Wollongong project.