$1.58m for public housing sector

Richmond MP Justine Elliot
Richmond MP Justine Elliot

TWEED'S public housing is to be upgraded thanks to a Federal Government funding boost to the tune of $1.58 million.

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot said the money would go towards improving the quality of social housing across her electorate, which includes the Tweed.

Mrs Elliot said the housing upgrade and repairs would not only benefit those who rely on public housing but would also create local jobs for tradespeople.

“In the electorate of Richmond, more than 461 public houses will be upgraded or undergo repairs, which will improve the quality of life of the tenants who live there as well as providing work for tradies,” Mrs Elliot said.

“This is a great outcome for jobs and for people who rely on public housing - age pensioners, people with a disability, those escaping domestic violence as well as parents bringing up kids on their own.”

The money comes as part of more than $130.4 million in funds allocated by the Federal Government to upgrade public housing across New South Wales. With 7845 homes across the state receiving a radical overhaul, the move is expected to benefit electricians, plumbers and other tradespeople, as well as the suppliers and manufacturers of construction materials and hardware.

“This significant investment in social housing is a win-win situation, providing the economic stimulus our region needs with improvements to essential social housing,” Mrs Elliot said.

“This keeps people in jobs and people in houses, with the more than $1.58 million allocated to Richmond a great help in times where other funds are drying up.”

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