$12 MILLION FOR MORE HOUSING IN NORTHERN NSW

The NSW Government has allocated up to $12 million in funding to Northern NSW to increase social and affordable housing supply in the region.

Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward said the funding would help alleviate the shortage of housing in the region following the recent flooding.

In the immediate aftermath of the floods, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) assisted almost 1,300 people with accommodation.

“A month on from the recent flooding, it’s time to look at how we address the longer term housing needs of the community, we know people want to remain in the communities they love,” Minister Goward said.

An additional $2 million will support local services to “head lease” properties which will enable an additional 30 properties to be leased over the next three years.

Up to a further $10 million has been allocated to increase social and affordable housing supply in Northern NSW over the next three years.

The NSW Government will release a new site in Tweed Heads for mixed development of social, affordable and private housing as part of its Communities Plus program.

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP welcomed the additional funding and thanked the Government and the Department of Family and Community Services for their ongoing assistance in what he described as a devastating time for the community.

“Some people have lost everything in the recent floods. This additional funding will be a massive game-changer for some of the worst affected people in our community.”