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New vision for social housing comes into Port

Edward Street and Gore Street, Port Macquarie
Artist impression LAHC social housing redevelopment on Gore and Edwards Street, Port Macquarie

The NSW Government is increasing the number of homes for vulnerable people in Port Macquarie, investing close to $6 million on two redevelopments for those in need.

One project will see the redevelopment of 12 sites on Gordon Street, while on the corner of Gore and Edwards streets, work is already underway to convert four ageing properties into 16 new and accessible social homes.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said both redevelopments will benefit locals and the economy, providing an increase in the amount of social homes while creating jobs.

“At the corner of Gore and Edwards streets, local workers are building on the shared vision of creating safe and comfortable homes for our most vulnerable citizens,” Mrs Williams said.

At Gordon Street, the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) has launched a registration of interest (ROI) for builders, developers and community housing providers (CHPs) to put forward proposals to redevelop 12 LAHC-owned sites.

“We’re committed to ensuring this $5.8 million project boosts Port Macquarie’s economy. Even at this early stage of construction, a local earth worker, concreter and bricklayer have been hired and there will be opportunities for apprentices too,” Mrs Williams said.

Minister Pavey and the local member for Port Macquarie join LAHC and Lahey Construction staff to celebrate start of construction
From left: Lahey Site Manager, Lochie Clarke, Lahey Project Manager, Bernard Pociask, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, Lahey apprentice, Jayme Regan-Presland and NSW Land and Housing Corporation Executive Director Delivery North, Naveen Chandra, celebrate start of construction on Port Macquarie project

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the Gore and Edwards street corner site is underway with local Kempsey-based building company, Lahey Constructions, and a project management company, Principle Project Management.

“Together with projects at locations such as South Kempsey, Tweed and Wauchope, we’re planning or constructing more than 300 social homes across northern NSW, which have a potential construction value of around $90 million and are expected to create 368 jobs,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Through collaboration we are getting results, and that is why we are launching this ROI, because to meet the increasing demand for social housing we are going to need all levels of government and industry to work in partnership.”

Bernard Pociask from Lahey Constructions said the local building industry is encouraged by LAHC’s commitment to partnerships.

“Our business has a long and successful history of working with the LAHC, and we look forward to providing another quality outcome for all stakeholders,” Mr Pociask said.

Homes under construction at Gore and Edwards Street are expected to be ready mid-2022.

Read more about the Registration of Interest

Read more about LAHC's work to deliver social housing in Regional NSW