More affordable housing available in the State’s North

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More affordable housing available in the State’s North

The tenants of a $4.6 million CatholicCare Tasmania affordable housing development at Riverside, which has just been opened, are delighted with their new homes.

Malcolm Campbell, 69, moved into his sunny two-bedroom unit about six weeks ago after having lived with his Launceston-based daughter for a while and then with a friend at Bridgenorth.

“It’s beautiful and all brand new,” Mr Campbell said.
“It’s got lovely views and it’s nice and sunny.

“I need to be near the doctor and the hospital, and this is ideal.”

Mr Campbell’s unit is one of 20 in the development that has been constructed on land contributed to the project by the Tasmanian Government.

The two and three bedroom energy-efficient units are part of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), a joint Federal and State Government initiative.

CatholicCare Tasmania Executive Director Mr Tim Gourlay said the development on a ‘magnificent but challenging’ site was a great example of Federal, State, and Local Governments working with the not-for-profit sector and the private sector to make a positive difference in the lives of tenants.

The development increased the stock of affordable housing in the North and eased the cost-of-living pressures and rental costs for the new tenants.

“CatholicCare Tasmania’s vision of providing affordable and stable housing for Tasmanians allows us to offer these new homes to residents at 20 per cent less than the current market rate - in dollar terms, this saves our residents approximately $50 per week,” Mr Gourlay said.

“All 20 affordable independent living units are fully tenanted and CatholicCare has a waiting list for such properties.

“CatholicCare Tasmania invested approximately $4.6m in the construction of this latest development at Riverside which signals the completion of CatholicCare Tasmania’s obligations under the NRAS Round 5 ‘shovel ready’ program.”

Some 120 units had been built in the State in the past two years.

Mr Gourlay said this latest development brings the total number of independent living units in CatholicCare’s owned and managed housing portfolio to 381,  all of which were built by Wilson Homes Pty Ltd.

The Riverside project employed 150 tradesmen during construction.

The development was officially opened by the State Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma.

“This shows the passion that CatholicCare has for helping people on low incomes,” Mrs Petrusma said.

“It is amazing what we can achieve when we all work together.

“This is a fantastic initiative.”