Shellharbour seniors housing to be built by end of 2015

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A housing development is expected to give Shellharbour seniors a new place to call home by year’s end.

Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka toured the Central Gardens site with Liberal candidate for Shellharbour Mark Jones on Thursday.

The Wattle Road development, which is owned and managed by The Housing Trust, will feature 71 new homes for people on low to moderate incomes.

“The project is much more than a new housing development; it will be a community for its residents, close to amenities and existing social networks,” Mr Ajaka said.

Central Gardens - which is due for completion later this year - will target people over 55 and those with a disability. 

Aboriginal people over 45 will also be accommodated.

Mr Ajaka said the project was being assisted by funding from the National Rental Affordability Scheme, an initiative that delivers new affordable rental properties across the country.

The Housing Trust chief executive Joan Ferguson said the government partnership meant they could continue to provide homes that cater for tenants needs into the future.  

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