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Lower Hunter social housing big winners from water efficiency program

Artist impression Fieldsend St project East Maitland

Residents in social housing across the Lower Hunter are set to be among those to experience the financial and environmental benefits of water efficiency programs under a new partnership between NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and Hunter Water.

Construction has commenced on a new $6.14 million social housing project at East Maitland, which will create an estimated 31 jobs. The development will include seven two bedroom units, 11 one-bedroom units and accessible parking spaces. It is a short walk to Victoria Street station and also the new $470 million Maitland Hospital.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government was not only committed to new supply of social housing in the region but also ensuring residents can save on living costs such as water bills.

“This housing development is part of the NSW Government’s $400 million Fast Track Housing Construction Package, which will deliver almost 1,300 new social homes across the State, supporting an estimated 800 direct and 1,200 indirect jobs during construction,” Mrs Pavey said.

“For the people who will call this place home, every cent counts, so we have ensured this building is fitted with energy efficient lighting and solar panels as well as water saving fittings and features.”

The new residents in East Maitland will not be the only people to get potential savings in their weekly budget, with the NSW government launching the new water efficiency program for social housing in the region.

Hunter Water Managing Director, Darren Cleary, said about 1,200 social housing households will receive water efficiency upgrades, delivering water savings by installing modern water fittings.

“We estimate this new program will deliver ongoing water savings of around 120 million litres per year, which will result in savings in tenants’ hip pockets through reduced water and energy bills.

“The works for each property include replacing old, single-flush toilets, installing water efficient showerheads, fitting aerators on taps and repairing leaks,” Mr Cleary said.

Read more about social housing projects in the Newcastle and Hunter region.