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New homes delivered for people in need in Newcastle

Stannett Street, Waratah West
Stannett Street, Waratah West

A new social housing development has been completed in Newcastle, as part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to deliver the region more and better homes for people who need it most.

The $3.9 million project on Stannett Street at Waratah West will provide eight homes for people in need and support jobs growth.

This project is one of ten developments in a $47 million pipeline to provide 138 homes for Novocastrians over the next three years.

The development, built on the traditional lands of the Awabakal people, includes three one-bedroom and five two-bedroom units as well as parking for four cars, sun shades to reduce heat and provides tenants with easy access to amenities such as parks, bus stops and essential services.

NSW Land and Housing Corporation CEO Simon Newport said the project showcased the importance of working with the City of Newcastle to ensure social housing was built where it was needed.

“In May, a historic agreement was signed between council and the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) to provide more and better homes for people in need, working closely to identify key areas across Newcastle which need new social housing as a priority,” Mr Newport said.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the development reiterates the vision of modern, fit-for-purpose social housing for Newcastle, and is an excellent outcome of the landmark social housing agreement between the City of Newcastle and LAHC.

"We're proud to have worked in close partnership with LAHC to fast-track the delivery of these new homes in Waratah West amidst the nation-wide housing affordability crisis, under a local-government first agreement in NSW," Cr Nelmes said.

"City of Newcastle is taking a leadership role in recognising that local government has a strong role to play in addressing housing affordability. Social housing like these new homes in Waratah West provide an important safety net for the community, which is why this issue is a priority of the Newcastle 2040 Community Strategic Plan and the Newcastle Local Housing Strategy 2020."