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Glebe to get 700 Affordable Units

THE State Government and Sydney Council have announced a $260 million project to provide affordable housing to inner-city workers and families in an effort to tackle the city's housing crisis reports Jennifer Bennett in Central of 7 May 2008.

Premier Morris lemma and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP announced the plan last week, when Cr Moore and Housing Minister Matt Brown signed a Memorandum of Understanding that committed the city and the government to developing a 3.6 hectare site in Glebe.

Part of the land, the 20,000 sqm Bay St Depot Site, is owned by Sydney Council, which has donated it for the project.

Adjacent is a 16,000 sqm block of land owned by the State Government and currently home to 130 public housing tenants, who will be given homes in the new development.

The project will be partially funded by private housing sales, which will be at below market prices and take up to five years to complete. The 700 housing units will include private and

public housing and will be particularly aimed at essential workers, such as cleaners, police officers, transport workers and nurses, whose jobs are in the city but who are unable to afford to live nearby.

Mr lemma said the new housing would "ease the pressure on families and battlers getting their first homes."

Cr Moore said that the project would help implement the city's Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan.

"The city is very excited as it will provide a mix of housing," she said.

"It could be a model for other local government areas."

Local MP Verity Firth said she was happy that the housing plan included "sustainable vision" and that she hoped it would attract "the workers we need and families."

"We hope it will create a honey pot effect," she said.

Picture: Alan Place - NSW Premier Morris lemma and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP with Housing Minister Matt Brown and MP Verity Firth.

Source: Central 7 May 2008