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City loses out

Wednesday, 15th March, 2017

By Daniel Stringer

Broken Hill and the Far West have missed out after it was announced more than 2000 public houses will be built in NSW. 

The addition of 2200 properties was announced by the Government last year as part of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund, and last week the contracts were awarded to five providers - Compass Housing, Baptistcare, St Vincent de Paul, Uniting and SGCH. 

Compass Housing is the only one that services Broken Hill. It will provide 600 extra properties across NSW but none here.

Instead they will be put in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Wyong, Gosford, Maitland, Port Stephens and Singleton.  

Social and affordable housing is a big issue in Broken Hill, with the waiting time in some cases exceeding five years.   

The NSW Shadow Minister for Social Housing, Tania Mihailuk, has previously stated Labor’s view of the problem. 

“The only way we can see to decrease these waiting times is to have more properties available,” Mrs Mihailuk said.

She said that a Labor Government, if elected in 2019, would look at building 100,000 more properties across the State. 

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