New Teacher Housing for Lake Cargelligo
Local member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today joined Relieving Principal of Lake Cargelligo Central School Michael Brigden in welcoming the first residents to the newly completed teacher housing in Lake Cargelligo.
Mr Humphries said the Grace Street premises featured adaptable bedroom configuration to accommodate for wider range of living situations.
“Flexible housing allows the premises to be reconfigured according to teacher requirements and demand,” Mr Humphries said.
“The premises has been designed to accommodate singles, couples or families. It is split into either two separate two-bedroom units, or one single bedroom and one three-bedroom unit.”
Relieving Principal of Lake Cargelligo Central School Michael Brigden welcomed the completion of the new accommodation which was constructed by the Teacher Housing Authority (THA).
“Teacher Housing is essential in attracting teachers to schools in the bush. Knowing our teachers are comfortable and well supported allows us to focus on delivering quality education to our students,” he said.
The $616,000 project, which commenced in December, was completed by locally based builder Philips Building Company Pty Ltd and where possible sourced local suppliers.
Mr Humphries said Teacher Housing Authority had built sixty new residences throughout regional NSW since 2011.
Towns and communities in Barwon, including Broken Hill, Bourke, Collarenebri, Condobolin, Coonabarabran, Lightning Ridge, Menindee, Nyngan, Marra Creek, Wanaaring and Wilcannia have all benefited from new teacher accommodation,” he said.
“This represents a $15 million investment in local communities and businesses, while providing a vital service to the education sector in areas of the state where there is an insufficient supply in the private rental market.
“Teacher housing is a boost for local business as well as education, with the THA using local tradespeople and sourcing material locally wherever possible.”
Teacher Housing Authority manages around 1500 houses and units in rural and remote NSW communities where the private rental market is inadequate for the needs of teachers.