NSW Government driving affordable housing at Central to Eveleigh
NSW Government driving affordable housing at Central to Eveleigh

NSW Government driving affordable housing at Central to Eveleigh

Standing on the site of a new affordable housing complex at North Eveleigh, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government’s contribution to affordable housing is turning blueprint plans into a reality.

“Within a year there will be 88 brand new units within walking distance of the CBD - 39 car spaces and lockable bike racks for every unit will complete the inner city package,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This building is not the end – there is another $24 million immediately available for affordable housing projects within the Central to Eveleigh rail revitalisation precinct, stretching from Cleveland St, Redfern to Macdonaldtown Station.

“The NSW Government is building for the future – over coming years Central to Eveleigh will produce jobs and housing in an environment perfectly suited to increased densities for people who love living in the inner city and the lifestyle it offers.”

The funding on its own could provide up to 50 new dwellings, but this could be maximised in the event of future Federal Government funding.

“It’s good planning to have a mix of people in our inner city. Affordable housing helps achieve this,” Mr Hazzard said.

“But let’s not pretend that it is the answer to housing affordability in NSW.

“The best thing we can do is to free up the bottlenecks and the chronic housing shortage which under Labor led to the lowest housing numbers in 50 years.”

Facts about North Eveleigh:

  • 88 units expected to be completed in December 2014.
  • Project worth approximately $33 million, with funding through Redfern Waterloo Affordable Housing Fund managed by UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UGDC), Commonwealth Government and City West Housing Pty Ltd (shareholders are the NSW Treasurer and the Minister for Family and Community Services).

Affordable housing is housing for very low to moderate income households, including key workers. Housing is considered affordable if people are able to pay their housing costs while being able to meet other basic needs, such as food, clothing, transport, medical care and education. Rents are set at between 25% and 30% of household income.

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