Media Release by Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Stimulus Plan delivers 18 more homes for Tweed Heads

Joint Media Release with:

  • Frank Terenzini MP, New South Wales Minister for Housing
  • Justime Elliott MP, Member for Richmond

Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness Mark Arbib, Member for Richmond Justine Elliot and NSW Housing Minister Frank Terenzini today announced the completion of 18 new units built under the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan in Tweed Heads.

The one and two bedroom homes in Cooloon Crescent will be handed over to local housing provider On Track Community Housing today to provide quality affordable housing for people in Tweed Heads

Senator Arbib said the new homes were part of the Federal Government’s commitment to building more social housing for Australians in need.

“The Australian Government’s investment in social housing through the stimulus has provided much needed housing for more than 31,000 people around Australia, including locals in Tweed Heads,” Senator Arbib said.

“These are first class homes with an average six-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme, reducing overall energy costs in the long term.

“The properties are environmentally sustainable, with rainwater tanks, gas boosted solar hot water systems, energy efficient lighting, draft proof windows and Solar PV to power common area energy needs.”

Mr Terenzini said the Federal Government and NSW Government’s long-term investment in social housing addressed the high demand for affordable housing options and created jobs for local workers, contractors and suppliers.

“Developments like these ensure the Federal Government and Housing NSW is building homes which reflect the changing needs of both current and future tenants,” Mr Terenzini said.

“The Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan has achieved a monumental shift in social housing across New South Wales, providing a great number of new properties to individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence, have disabilities or are elderly or financially disadvantaged.”

Mrs Elliot said this was a fantastic and much needed initiative for Tweed Heads.

“I know that there are locals on the social housing waiting list who will greatly benefit from these new dwellings,” Mrs Elliot said.

“Housing is a basic need and I’m proud that the Australian and NSW Governments have been able to deliver for the Tweed.

“This is a real and practical investment in our community that is providing housing for people in need as well as jobs in the local area during construction.”

The Australian Government is investing $1.9 billion as part of its Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan to deliver more than 6,300 social housing homes and provide repairs to benefit more than 30,000 dwellings in NSW.