Tamworth Regional Council has been encouraged to apply for a share in $30 million in funding to help fast track new housing in 21 Regional council areas, ahead of the government’s initial response to the recommendations of the Regional Housing Taskforce.
Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said housing shortages have proven to be one of the biggest challenges in the region following unprecedented population growth in response to the pandemic.
“The secret is out. People from across NSW are coming to realise that the Tamworth region is a great place to live and raise a family so it’s no wonder people have made the journey north,” Mr Anderson said.
“We need to build new homes now and the NSW Government is looking to support this growth by supplying councils with funding for new infrastructure and public space to help unlock new housing.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said up to $1.4 million in funding is now available to the local council to help deliver fantastic new and improved public spaces and infrastructure for their communities.
“We are getting on with the job of addressing housing pressures in the bush, and this first wave of funding will ensure regional councils can build new homes where they’re needed most as quickly as possible,” Mr Toole said.
“This funding builds on the $75 million being invested by the NSW Government to help deliver new accommodation in the regions for health workers close to the facilities where they are caring for our communities.”
To qualify, councils will need to prepare and implement plans to address the Taskforce’s recommendations at a local level, such as updating infrastructure contributions plans and housing strategies.
Applications close on March 11, 2022.
For more information visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/regional-housing-fund