Single retiree Frank Mieczyslaw of Tweed Heads has been on a waiting list for housing commission for seven and a half years.
Single retiree Frank Mieczyslaw of Tweed Heads has been on a waiting list for housing commission for seven and a half years. Alina Rylko

Big wait is on for promised ‘world-class’ public housing

A NEW “world-class” block of housing department units, funded by the New South Wales Government, has been earmarked for Boyd St, Tweed Heads South.

The multi-million-dollar block of units, recently announced by Social Housing Minister Brad Hazzard, couldn’t come soon enough for residents like Frank Holowzak, who has been waiting more than seven years for a home.

“The pension is not enough for me to find my own rental,” Mr Holowzak said.

The 70-year-old said there were many others like him in the housing queue who had heard of the new development through case workers. A 16-unit housing block on the same road was already full, he said.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest’s office said the project remained in the early stages, with construction plans yet to be made.

However, they said the area’s zoning allowed for eight-storey buildings.

Tenants in an adjoining, publicly funded house, who did not wish to be named, said they had been asked to move out “ASAP” so their house could be bulldozed.

The project was announced as part of a state-wide initiative to deliver a mix of 550 social, affordable and private dwellings at Gosford, Newcastle, Tweed Heads, Seven Hills, Telopea and Liverpool.

Mr Hazzard called for interest from builders to deliver the “new generation of world-class social housing” in partnership with the private, non-government and community sectors.



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