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Waratah West - a sign of things to come for Newcastle

Artists impression of housing
Artist's impression of modern 10-unit social housing complex at Waratah West

Two ageing homes will be transformed into a modern 10-unit social housing complex at Waratah West, as the NSW Government’s $250 million investment to fast-track the delivery of homes across the state continues.

Construction has commenced on the re-development, which will see the properties transformed into a low-rise, accessible building that features six two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units for up to 16 residents.

NSW Land and Housing Corporation Acting Chief Executive Deborah Brill said the $3.48 million development at Landa Parade would create jobs while providing much-needed housing for the Hunter.

“The development at Waratah West is one of six projects in a $17 million pipeline delivering 51 dwellings for Newcastle over the next two years,” Ms Brill said.

“Our investment in Newcastle will create 85 jobs for the region’s tradies, while also providing a boost for local suppliers.”

Work begins just months after the announcement of an historic agreement between the NSW Government and City of Newcastle to improve social and affordable housing.

“We’re working closely with council as they help us identify key areas which require social and affordable housing as a priority, such as Waratah West,” Ms Brill said.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said she welcomed the development at Waratah West, which is in line with the aspirations of the Memorandum of Understanding between council and the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC).

"This comes as welcome news with our city in the midst of a housing crisis and experiencing increasing rates of homelessness," Cr Nelmes said.

“I'd like to thank the NSW Government for fast-tracking their commitment to improving social and affordable housing outcomes for people in Newcastle, while also supporting investment and jobs growth.”