Anglicare proposes more affordable housing at Steelworks Hotel site in Port Kembla

SITE: Anglicare will transform the landmark Port Kembla pub into accommodation for older people at risk of homelessness. Picture: Robert Peet
SITE: Anglicare will transform the landmark Port Kembla pub into accommodation for older people at risk of homelessness. Picture: Robert Peet

Anglicare is seeking to expand its development of the Steelworks Hotel in Port Kembla to provide additional affordable rental housing. 

The organisation was due to submit a modified proposal to Wollongong City Council on Friday. 

The new development application is for an additional seven self-contained rooms. 

Following the recent acquisition of additional land surrounding the existing Steelworks Hotel on Wentworth Street, the modified proposal would entail another seven rooms in a separate building on the same site.

Welfare agency Anglicare bought the pub, and last year lodged plans with Wollongong council to turn it into a 22-bed residence for older people at risk of homelessness.

Those plans were approved in February. 

The dramatic overhaul of the 1890s-built, heritage-listed pub is part of the organisation’s efforts to cater for the increasing number of people at risk of becoming homeless as they age.

“We are committed to enriching and strengthening local communities through the provision of integrated accommodation, care and support services that are sensitive to cultural, financial and social needs of the people who will live in our homes,” Anglicare’s development manager Dean Cotter said on Friday. 

“The new proposal will allow Anglicare to assist 30 people primarily aged over 60 who are struggling to live on low incomes. 

“The project will be providing support services to rental tenants that foster independence and enable them to feel a part of their local community.

“Anglicare will assist tenants with a range of support services to meet their personal needs.

“We will also encourage people to participate in community events and build meaningful relationships with others living with and around them.

“Our objective is to provide high-quality, affordable rental housing.”

The current construction program for the existing approval is due to commence in September, with completion anticipated by mid-2019.

Anglicare’s initial design includes 22 bed-sitter style rooms with private bathrooms and kitchenettes. 

Ten would be on the ground level and 12 would be on the first floor, with a lift included in the design.