NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey

The NSW Nationals in the state government are seeking further community feedback on plans for 12 new homes near the Wauchope Town Centre, which will support 23 construction jobs and help meet local demand for social housing.

NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey, who is also the Minister for Water, Property and Housing, said the proposed $3.86 million development formed part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s investment to deliver more fit-for-purpose social housing throughout regional NSW.

Mrs Pavey said the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) was exhibiting plans to turn a site on the corner of Hastings and Young Streets into a two-storey social housing complex with 12 dwellings.

“These homes will help meet strong demand for social housing, with waiting times of between five to 10 years for one and two-bedroom homes in Wauchope as of June 2019,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The project is located in a local land-use zone which permits new housing and is well-located near local shops and public transport to ensure tenants can easily access medical, retail and other services.

“If approved, this project is expected to create 23 local jobs during construction, helping to stimulate our local economy.”

The Wauchope project includes four two bedroom units and eight one bedroom units, and parking for eight cars.

The size of the project was determined in response to feedback from the community during late 2019 and early 2020, and seeks to reflect the local village character, with extensive landscaping to be incorporated to soften the structure and facades.

LAHC will be responsible for seeking the community’s feedback and assessing the development proposal.

These developments are part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW – a plan to drive better outcomes for tenants by providing more and better social housing.