Social Housing Reaches New Heights In Gosford

The NSW Government is continuing to deliver homes to the most vulnerable members of the Central Coast community, with construction of a 41-unit residential building at Gosford reaching its highest point.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the $15.3 million development at Beane Street, Gosford will transform a vacant lot into homes for as many as 60 new residents, while creating 77 new jobs.

“From the Central Coast, to the country, to inner city Sydney, the delivery of new social housing is transforming communities by creating jobs and income, encouraging new investment, and delivering homes for those who need them most,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The NSW Government fast-tracked the approval of this project through the Planning System Acceleration Program to help the State’s COVID-19 economic recovery.”

The development, which commenced construction in August last year, will be comprised of 21 one-bedroom units and 20 two-bedroom units, with basement parking for 19 vehicles plus spaces for motorcycles and bicycles.

The building will contain water and energy saving features, including solar panels and recycled water collection for gardens.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the project would not only boost the number of social and affordable houses available in the region, but also boost the local economy.

“Apart from creating local jobs and helping local suppliers, around 15 per cent of the skilled tradespeople at this site are apprentices, which means the project is helping to broaden our construction industry skills base,” Mr Crouch said.

“When the first sets of keys are handed over for these 41 units next year, residents will only be a short walk away from Gosford Station, Gosford Hospital, local schools and nearby shops.”

The project forms part of the NSW Government’s Future Directions for Social Housing, a plan to build more and better social housing that blends in with local communities.