Social housing properties refurbished

Parliamentary Secretary Central Coast Adam Crouch (left), Pacific Link Housing tenant Barbara, Minister for Water, Property & Housing, Melinda Pavey, in Long Jetty

A social housing property at Long Jetty is one of 73 properties managed by Pacific Link Housing to benefit from a grant of more than $1.2M from the NSW Government.

The Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) Capital Works Program over recent months has delivered maintenance works such as roofing, fencing, painting, flooring, bathroom and kitchen renovations.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, and Parliamentary Secretary for Central Coast, Adam Crouch, visited the newly refurbished complex of seven dwellings at Long Jetty on Thursday, June 17.

Pavey said the combined efforts of the NSW Government and Pacific Link Housing had significantly improved the property, creating a safe and secure home for older single women.

“I continue to be very impressed by the way that a regional community housing provider like Pacific Link Housing can flex and innovate to lead the local community and produce such fantastic outcomes,” she said.

Crouch said Pacific Link had utilised the NSW Government funding as a catalyst to attract additional in-kind support from businesses, including a local landscape supplier and Westfield.

“To walk through this facility and see the work that Pacific Link Housing has undertaken in a very short timeframe is just fantastic.

“This project has not only created better social housing but has also supported local jobs at this critical time as we continue to recover from COVID-19,” Crouch said.

CEO of Pacific Link Housing, Ian Lynch, said the NSW Government funding enabled it to gain the additional in-kind support from corporate donors, to go the extra step and turn the property into a place where new residents could feel completely at home.

“Pacific Link hosted a corporate volunteer day with a team from Westfield Tuggerah who helped to revamp the gardens, as well as providing individual raised veggie gardens and household items for the new tenants.

“In addition to this support, the Community Greening team at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens donated plants and Treecorp Solutions provided mulch at no charge.

“Lead contractor on this site, Termi Mesh, also upgraded the new kitchen bench tops to stone at no cost,” Lynch said.

Due to the extensive renovations, Pacific Link relocated the previous tenants to other suitable housing to allow for the works to be completed.

“New tenants are already moving in and all residents at this site will be single older females, a cohort over represented in the housing waitlist,” Lynch said.

Pacific Link is partnering with Baptist Care in relation to the allocation, transition into community housing and ongoing support, ensuring that the new tenants have all the resources and assistance to live independently in the local community.

Pacific Link Housing is the only Central Coast based Tier 1 Community Housing Provider and manages more than 1,100 properties across six local government areas, the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Maitland and Cessnock.

Media release, June 24
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