What we are doing Affordable housing
We have an innovative plan to deliver affordable housing for key workers in the heart of Newcastle.
Affordable housing is for people on low to moderate incomes such as nurses, fire and emergency service workers, child care and youth workers – the people in our community who provide essential services we all rely on.
The scheme helps these workers achieve their housing goals, be it home ownership or ongoing private rental.
Under our proposal, 30 affordable homes would be built on a site on the former rail corridor, centrally located between Merewether Street and the former Civic Station, adjacent to Newcastle Museum.
The proposal involves combining $3 million in affordable housing funding allocated to Newcastle City Council through the Building Better Cities (BBC) program, with the resources of Hunter Development Corporation.
Our proposal allows for one, two and three-bedroom family homes close to transport, parks, services, schools, shops and more. If approved, Hunter Development Corporation will put out a tender to engage a Class 1 Community Housing Provider to deliver, own and manage the homes once the corridor has been rezoned.
Newcastle City Council considered the proposal at its April 2017 meeting and deferred a decision pending the outcomes of the proposed rezoning. We remain committed to delivering affordable housing in Newcastle city and will continue to explore opportunities.