Commencement of residential development to ease housing stress

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Commencement of residential development to ease housing stress

A multi-million dollar residential development in Hobart’s northern suburbs will provide greater affordable housing options to Tasmanians, while breathing life into a former government school site.

A joint venture partnership between CatholicCare Tasmania and Wilson Homes proposes a three-stage, mixed residential development on the former Brent Street Primary School site in Glenorchy. The master plan for the site includes:

• 25 affordable housing units built by CatholicCare in the next three to four years;
• 20 discounted land and house packages for low income earners, and;
• 30 private residential homes that will be offered for sale to the general public. 

Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma, turned the first sod of the proposed development, signalling the commencement of construction on the site.

“Under our Affordable Housing Strategy, we are partnering with both the community sector and the private sector to build new homes for Tasmanians in need, which has the added benefit of creating more jobs in the State’s building industry.

“It [the development] is a great outcome for the old school site, this land will now become a centre of affordable housing options for many Tasmanians,” Ms Petrusma said.

Executive Director of CatholicCare Tasmania, Tim Gourlay, said the affordable housing development will give hope to those in Tasmania who are waiting for housing.

“There are close to 2,800 Tasmanians on waiting lists for housing in the State,” he said.

“CatholicCare is working collaboratively with government and the private sector to provide low-income and vulnerable Tasmanians with one of life’s most basic necessities – safe, secure and affordable housing.”

Mr Gourlay said in addition to meeting un-met demand for affordable housing in the state, the Brent Street residential development will see a combined $16 million dollars invested into the local economy and the employment of 120 people.

“CatholicCare Tasmania will invest approximately $4 million dollars into the construction of this latest development in Glenorchy, bringing the total number of independent living units in CatholicCare’s owned and managed housing portfolio to more than 400.”

Housing Tasmania acquired the former school site following the merging of Brent Street and Glenorchy primary schools.

The site was then offered by tender to the private market, with CatholicCare Tasmania and Wilson Homes acquiring the site in 2012 via the tender process.

Photo L-R: CatholicCare Board Chairman David Harradine, CatholicCare Executive Director Tim Gourlay, Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma and Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom.