Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has made a special request to the NSW Government for $7.5 million to enable two townhouse developments in East Lismore and Goonellabah, which she says would add 66 flood-free, affordable units to the city’s housing stock.
Ms Saffin confirmed she had asked NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet to bankroll the ‘fully costed, detailed proposals developed by Landcom and already sent to Government’.
‘A $7.5-million Government investment would give the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation two immediate housing projects to drive as we start rebuilding from July 1, providing real hope to the people of Lismore in particular,’ Ms Saffin said.
‘Landcom has briefed me on a planning and risk assessment package they have done on the two townhouse development sites identified by Lismore City Council – in Cynthia Wilson Drive, East Lismore, and in Bristol Circuit, Goonellabah.
“This is a golden opportunity to build mainly affordable housing and some social housing out of the floodplain, with an indicative completion date of the end of 2024.
Ms Saffin said she had also asked the Premier to include Landcom in the NSW Government’s Regional Housing Taskforce and then as a partner with the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation as part of the rebuilding process.
Landcom – the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation – has been consulting with Lismore City, Byron Shire and Tweed Shire councils on potential affordable and social housing projects.