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Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

NSW Housing Build Ahead of Schedule

The Prime Minister and the NSW Minister for Housing today announced that 564 homes have commenced construction since February and a further 2,669 dwellings have been approved – placing NSW ahead of schedule in implementing the Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan.The announcement was made at the Greenacre construction site of 24 new social housing dwellings – a project that is supporting 63 direct and indirect jobs, including bricklayers, concreters, carpenters, excavation workers and apprentices who will be the skilled workers of the future.

Progress in NSW is faster than expected:

  • Construction has commenced on 564 of the 851 dwellings as part of Stage 1 of the plan, which will be complete by June next year, with the Commonwealth investing $225 million. This is more housing commencements than any other jurisdiction.
  • Approval has been granted by the Federal Minister for 2,669 dwellings under early Stage 2 proposals, for which the Commonwealth will invest $688 million. These approvals were not due until the end of August.

In total, the Commonwealth is investing almost $2 billion to build 6,500 new social homes in NSW – 75 per cent of which must be completed by the end of 2010.

The NSW Government also is investing $1 billion to deliver an extra 3,000 homes on top of the Federal Government’s commitment.

The investment supports jobs in the short term and creates affordable housing for the long term.

The $7 million project inspected today is contracted to Boronia Estates.

The project includes 12 affordable housing units for families and 12 seniors’ units especially designed with easy access and bathrooms modified for the needs of people who may find it difficult to get around as they grow older.

The units have environmentally sustainable features such as water tanks, triple A rated water saving devices, and insulation.

By working together to fast-track housing developments, the Australian and NSW Governments are supporting jobs and businesses, and creating affordable and sustainable housing for Australia’s future.