Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan Supporting Construction Jobs in Wyong

Joint Media Release with:

  • David Borger, NSW Minister for Housing

The Australian and NSW Governments today outlined details of housing projects created in Wyong as part of the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.

NSW Housing Minister David Borger today announced three construction projects totalling $2.6 million are underway in Wyong, as part of the Australian Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.

“The Australian Government is investing $2 billion as part of its Stimulus Plan to deliver more than 6,500 social housing homes in NSW and on top of that, the NSW Government is also investing $1 billion to deliver another 3,000 homes by June 2012,” Mr Borger said.

“We are embarking on the biggest social housing infrastructure program in decades.

“As part of the first stage of the plan construction works in Wyong will provide 12 new homes, which are part of a total of 858 homes which are being built across NSW.”

Mr Borger made the announcement with State Member for Wyong, David Harris MP while inspecting the construction of six two-bedroom units at Northcott Avenue, Watanobbi, worth around $1.3 million.

“These units, one of which will be suitable for tenants with a disability or mobility difficulties, are being built by Newbuild Developments Pty Ltd. Once finished, they will be available to support members of the community most in need,” Mr Borger said.

“It is estimated by Newbuild the Northcott Avenue project will see around 50 tradespeople and labourers, including two apprentices work onsite.

“This is a great example of what Stimulus is all about, boosting social housing and generating local jobs for local people.”

Mr Harris said that in the Newcastle and Central Coast region, the State Government will spend an estimated $389 million on construction and maintenance, which will support around 1,400 full time equivalent direct and indirect jobs per annum.

“This work is not just about jobs for builders and tradespeople, but also associated industries such as building manufacturers and suppliers who help keep the economy ticking over,” Mr Harris said.