Western Sydney will benefit from a boost in jobs and the local economy, with construction underway on a $2.65 million social housing project in Blackett to provide homes for vulnerable older community members.
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly, said 17 local jobs will be supported during the construction of eight new seniors homes on Jersey Road.
“The new social housing dwellings will deliver immediate economic benefits to the local economy and form part of the NSW Government’s investment to build more fit-for-purpose social housing,” Mr Conolly said
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said projects like this provide much-needed jobs and income for the local construction industry and deliver homes for those who need them most.
“They also demonstrate the smart approach we’re taking to growing our housing portfolio, by replacing ageing dwellings with well-designed homes that support the needs of local people and reflect the vision and values of the local community,” Mrs Pavey said.
Director of Tom Zeaiter Constructions, Tom Zeaiter, said his company has been able to employ more workers in delivering the project and welcomed another collaborative opportunity working with the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC).
“We’ve employed additional apprentices to grow our existing workforce to meet the needs of this new development and look forward to working alongside LAHC and its stakeholders to deliver this project on time and on budget,” Mr Zeaiter said.
Located near shops, transport links and essential services, the development includes two one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units, car parking and landscaping works. Construction is expected to be completed in early to mid-2021.
A similar housing development underway at Murdoch Street, Blackett, will deliver 12 new homes for seniors and is expected to be completed in early 2021.
These developments are part of the NSW Government’s Future Directions for Social Housing – a plan to drive better outcomes for tenants by providing more and better social housing.