RENEWAL: Wagga MP Joe McGirr, Mayor Greg Conkey and Housing and Property Minister Melinda Pavey. Picture: Les Smith
A NEW social housing precinct planned to revitalise one of Wagga’s crime-heavy suburbs has welcomed a Community Housing Provider to drive the project’s design.
Argyle Consortium came out on top of the open tender process to partner with NSW Land and Housing Corporation on the Tolland Renewal project.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said Argyle Consortium will now co-design a masterplan and business case that maps out Tolland’s revitalisation.
“We want to break the cycle of disadvantage by building safer and stronger communities that provide better opportunities to access tenant support services while creating housing independence; not just in the Riverina, but throughout NSW,” she said.
The project is still in the early stages of creation, with the master planning process expected to take around 12 to 18 months to complete.
Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said the council is looking forward to seeing Tolland’s transformation.
“Wagga City Council supports this vision to renew the Tolland Estate which will bring significant benefits to the residents of Tolland and the broader City,” he said.
A mix of private and affordable housing will be incorporated in the new project, with Argyle Housing CEO Wendy Middleton adding that the development would provide better outcomes overall for the city.
“This renewal will create a vibrant, diverse, community comprising new private housing, affordable housing and specialist housing models linked to support services which will enable positive social and educational outcomes for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures,” she said.
Wes Fang MLC congratulated Argyle Consortium for winning the competitive process.
“This outcome represents another positive milestone in transforming the Tolland Estate into a better place to live in a vibrant community which provides better support for people in need and unlocks the door to modern housing that meets their needs,” he said.
There will be no tenant relocations until the master planning and a delivery strategy are finalised, with residents and the wider community given multiple opportunities to provide their feedback to LAHC, Council and the Argyle Consortium.
The final number and mix of social, affordable and private homes delivered in the renewal will be determined during development of the masterplan and business case.