In view of the increasing pressure on the availability of affordable housing in Western Australia, Centrecare decided to establish a housing company to assist with this emerging social need, especially among low income individuals and families. The housing company, to be publically launched in the near future, is to be known as Stellar Living.
Stellar Living’s first major housing project is based in Lakeland and Meadow Springs on the outskirts of Mandurah. The project is the result of a joint submission by Mirvac and Centrecare to the Department of Housing for funds from Stage 2 of the Federal Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan. It has taken two years of planning and negotiations to bring the project to life and Centrecare is delighted to see Stellar Living take its first steps in the field of social and affordable housing. Recently the Minister for Housing and Transport, Troy Buswell, announced the completion of the Lakelands and Meadow Springs Development through the following press release:
“Increase in affordable housing for Peel region
Friday, 1 July 2011 Two recently-completed Department of Housing developments at Meadow Springs and Lakelands have provided 151 more affordable housing options in the Peel region.
Housing Minister Troy Buswell said the new developments had been delivered as part of the $497million Stage Two of the Federal Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.
“Completed in June, the developments consist of one, two and three-bedroom homes providing 151 new homes for seniors, singles and families,” Mr Buswell said.
“The WA Government has worked hard to manage a range of construction programs under the stimulus program, and the new developments are part of 287 new affordable housing options for the Peel region, with other developments located at Coodanup, Greenfields and Mandurah.
“These developments play an important part in increasing social housing and the availability of affordable rental options for low to moderate income households.”
Tenancy management for these new dwellings will be undertaken by community housing organisation Stellar Living Limited.
The Minister said the new developments were a great example of how Government could leverage partnerships with private developers and non-government organisations to create more affordable housing options.
“For this project we have partnered with Mirvac as the main contractor and were able to combine the resources of Government with the expertise and experience of the private sector to achieve an excellent outcome,” he said.
“Such partnerships are essential to the success of the State’s new Affordable Housing Strategy, and our goal is to deliver at least 20,000 affordable homes by 2020 through innovative projects like these.”
The new developments are turnkey projects that have been built to high universal design standards and have an energy rating of six stars and above.
The development in Lakelands consists of 40 one-bedroom, 39 two-bedroom and seven three-bedroom dwellings, and the Meadow Springs development comprises 18 one-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom dwellings.”
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